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Ernest HemingwayCritics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors.

—  Ernest Hemingway, 1899-1961, American writer, Nobel 1954

Jean BaudrillardA negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy.

—  Jean Baudrillard, 1929-2007, French intellectual

Bette DavisYou should never say bad things about the dead, you should only say good... Joan Crawford is dead. Good.

—  Bette Davis, 1908-1989, American actress

Zig ZiglarDon't be distracted by criticism. Remember, the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

Lou HoltzYou're never as good as everyone tells you when you win, and you're never as bad as they say when you lose.

—  Lou Holtz, 1937-, American football coach

Theodore RooseveltIt is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood.

—  Theodore Roosevelt, 1858-1919, American President [1901-1909]

Theodore RooseveltTo sit home, read one's favorite paper, and scoff at the misdeeds of the men who do things is easy, but it is markedly ineffective. It is what evil men count upon the good men's doing.

—  Theodore Roosevelt, 1858-1919, American President [1901-1909]

Joseph RouxThe folly which we might have ourselves committed is the one which we are least ready to pardon in another.

—  Joseph Roux, 1834-1905, French clergyman & poet

Joseph RouxPersons of delicate taste endure stupid criticism better than they do stupid praise.

—  Joseph Roux, 1834-1905, French clergyman & poet

Benjamin FranklinAny fool can criticize, condemn and complain - and most fools do.

—  Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790, American politician & writer

Arthur SchopenhauerEvery nation criticizes every other one — and they are all correct.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

Andy WarholDon't pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches.

—  Andy Warhol, 1928-1987, American artist

Eugene IonescoThe critic should describe, and not prescribe.

—  Eugene Ionesco, 1912-1994, French-Romanian playwright

Somerset MaughamPeople ask for criticism, but they only want praise.

—  Somerset Maugham, 1874-1965, British writer

Ralph Waldo EmersonWe judge others by their actions but we judge ourselves by our intensions.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

Gioachino RossiniOne can't judge Wagner's opera Lohengrin after a first hearing, and I certainly don't intend to hear it a second time.

—  Gioachino Rossini, 1792-1868, Italian music composer

Samuel JohnsonYour manuscript is both good and original, but the part that is good is not original and the part that is original is not good.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

Lord ChesterfieldSpeak of the moderns without contempt, and of the ancients without idolatry.

—  Lord Chesterfield, 1694-1773, English statesman & writer

Antonio PorchiaThey will say you are on the wrong road, if it is your own.

—  Antonio Porchia, 1885-1968, Italian-Argentinian poet

Albert CamusPeople hasten to judge in order not to be judged themselves.

—  Albert Camus, 1913-1960, French writer, Nobel 1957

VoltaireTo learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.

—  Voltaire, 1694-1778, French philosopher & writer

Sam GoldwynDon't pay any attention to the critics - don't even ignore them.

—  Sam Goldwyn, 1879-1974, American film producer

Jean CocteauWhat the public criticizes in you, cultivate. It is you.

—  Jean Cocteau, 1889-1963, French artist

Elbert HubbardDo nothing, say nothing, and be nothing, and you'll never be criticized.

—  Elbert Hubbard, 1856-1915, American writer

Anton ChekhovIf I had listened to the critics I'd have died drunk in the gutter

—  Anton Chekhov, 1860-1904, Russian writer

Jean CocteauOne is either judge or accused. The judge sits, the accused stands. Live on your feet.

—  Jean Cocteau, 1889-1963, French artist

Zig ZiglarThere has never been a statue erected to honor a critic.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

Zig ZiglarSome people find fault like there is a reward for it.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

Lou HoltzThe only people who aren't going to be criticized are those who do absolutely nothing

—  Lou Holtz, 1937-, American football coach

Eleanor RooseveltDo what you feel in your heart to be right — for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't.

—  Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884-1962, American politician & wife of the 32nd USA president

John WoodenYoung people need models, not critics.

—  John Wooden, 1910-2010, American basketball coach

Walt DisneyWe're not trying to entertain the critics … I'll take my chances with the public.

—  Walt Disney, 1901-1966, American businessman & cartoonist

John WoodenYou can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.

—  John Wooden, 1910-2010, American basketball coach

Will DurantTo speak ill of others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves; let us be above such transparent egotism. If you can't say good and encouraging things, say nothing.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

H.L. MenckenCriticism is prejudice made plausible.

—  H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American columnist & cultural critic

Bible Quotes

Gospel of MatthewDo not judge, or you too will be judged.

—  Gospel of Matthew ‐ 7:1


Funny Quotes

George BurnsCritics are eunuchs at a gang bang.

—  George Burns, 1896-1996, American comedian

Ancient Greek

AntisthenesIt is a royal privilege to do good and be ill spoken of.

Βασιλικόν, καλώς ποιούντα κακώς ακούειν.

—  Antisthenes, 445-360 BC, Ancient Greek Cynic philosopher

     (his comment when was told that Plato spoke badly about him)



Arabian proverbThe dogs bark but the caravan moves on.

—  Arabian proverb

English proverbNever judge a book by its cover.

—  English proverb

French proverbWhen all men say you are an ass, it is time to bray.

—  French proverb

French proverbComparisons are not fair.

Comparaison n'est pas raison.

—  French proverb

American Indian proverbDo not judge your neighbor until you walk two moons in his moccasins.

—  American Indian proverb ‐ Cheyenne

Special Quotes

Please Do Not Shoot The Pianist. He Is Doing His Best.

—  A notice over a saloon piano in Leadville, Colorado

     (reported by Oscar Wilde in 1882)


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