“You can't let praise or criticism get to you. It's a weakness to get caught up in either one.” — John Wooden. Here are 50 Inspiring Criticism Quotes.

Criticism Quotes

1.“A leader is always first in line during times of criticism and last in line during times of recognition.”― Orrin Woodward

2. “You have to lift a person up before you can really put them in their place.” — Criss Jami

3. “If we had no faults we should not take so much pleasure in noting those of others.” —François de La Rochefoucauld

4. “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.” — Winston S. Churchill

5. “The covers of this book are too far apart.” — Ambrose Bierce

6. “To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.” — Elbert Hubbard

7. “History, like love, is so apt to surround her heroes with an atmosphere of imaginary brightness.” — James Fenimore Cooper

8. “Don't criticize what you can't understand.” — Bob Dylan

9. “Don't pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches.” — Andy Warhol

10. “Often those that criticise others reveal what he himself lacks.” — Shannon L. Alder

11. “He only profits from praise who values criticism.”― Heinrich Heine

12. “They have a Right to censure, that have a Heart to help: The rest is Cruelty, not Justice.” — William Penn

Criticism Quotes

13. “Interpretation is the revenge of the intellectual upon art.” — Susan Sontag

14. “People ask you for criticism, but they only want praise.” — W. Somerset Maugham

15. “The criminal is the creative artist; the detective only the critic.” — G.K. Chesterton

16. “How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.” — Benjamin Disraeli

17. “I criticize by creation, not by finding fault.” — Marcus Tullius Cicero

18. “A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.” — John Wooden

19. “You can't let praise or criticism get to you. It's a weakness to get caught up in either one.” — John Wooden

20. “Don’t criticize what you don’t understand, son. You never walked in that man’s shoes.” — Elvis Presley

21. “Don’t criticize them; they are just what we would be under similar circumstances.” — Abraham Lincoln

22. “You need a high degree of corruption or a very big heart to love absolutely everything.” — Gustave Flaubert

23. “Different authors have different points of view. You can't just say, 'I believe in the Bible.” — Bart Ehrman

24. “I've been all over the world and I've never seen a statue of a critic.” — Leonard Bernstein

Criticism Quotes

25. “The pleasure of criticizing takes away from us the pleasure of being moved by some very fine things.” — Jean De La Bruyere

26. “Do not share your thoughts with people who think that what you are thinking is not worth thinking.” — Michael Bassey Johnson

27. “Constantly seek criticism. A well thought out critique of whatever you’re doing is as valuable as gold.” — Elon Musk

28. “If everybody likes you, you are doing it wrong.” — Ben Michaelis

29. “It is much more valuable to look for the strength in others. You can gain nothing by criticizing their imperfections.”               — Daisaku Ikeda

30. “As a matter of fact, we are none of us above criticism; so let us bear with each other's faults.” — L. Frank Baum

31. “Nobody kicks a dead dog” — Dale Carnegie

32. “Some people talk about other people’s failures with so much pleasure that you would swear they are talking about their own successes.” — Mokokoma Mokhonoana

33. “The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.” — Oscar Wilde

34. “We of this age have discovered a shorter, and more prudent method to become scholars and wits, without the fatigue of reading or of thinking.” — Jonathan Swift

35. “When virtues are pointed out first, flaws seem less insurmountable.” — Judith Martin

36. “People have boldness to criticize but not to sensitize.” — Amit Kalantri

Criticism Quotes

37. “The devil's happy when the critics run you off.” — Criss Jami

38. “People quickly grow accustomed to being the slaves of mystery.” — Guillaume Apollinaire

39. “With no positivity, there is no hope; with no negativity, there is no improvement.” — Criss Jami

40. “This is what is known as perspective, and it is a swindle.” — Kurt Schwitters

41. “If we wear our worst reviews like a backpack, they travel with us.” — Jennifer Love Hewitt

42. “Fear cannot capture us, criticism cannot harm us, and pride cannot make us fall.” — Donna Goddard

43. “His forward voice now is to speak well of his friend. His backward voice is to utter foul speeches and to detract.”                    — William Shakespeare

44. “If you are ever called upon to chasten a person, never chasten beyond the balm you have within you to bind up.”                  — Brigham Young

45. “Being a critic is a terrific method for killing your love of art.” — David Toop

46. “A critic is a legless man who teaches other people to run.” — Channing Pollock

47. “If you love my work, you are a good critic. If you do not love my work, you are a 'not good' critic.” — Roman Payne

48. “One does not have the right to criticize until he can do the same work without being criticized.” — Dr. Amit Abraham

49. “The truth is not that we need the critics in order to enjoy the authors, but that we need the authors in order to enjoy the critics.” — C.S. Lewis

50. “You should praise, criticize and flirt with people right to their face, only then it will make a difference.” — Amit Kalantri

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Best of Criticism Quotes

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“You should praise, criticize and flirt with people right to their face, only then it will make a difference.” — Amit Kalantri
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“Being a critic is a terrific method for killing your love of art.” — David Toop
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“His forward voice now is to speak well of his friend. His backward voice is to utter foul speeches and to detract.”                    — William Shakespeare

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