Found 15 thoughts of criticism

Pay no attention to what the critics say... Remember, a statue has never been set up in honor of a critic!

Jean Sibelius

Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.

Christopher Hampton

Against criticism a man can neither protest nor defend himself; he must act in spite of it, and then it will gradually yield to him.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Now, in reality, the world have paid too great a compliment to critics, and have imagined them to be men of much greater profundity than they really are.

Henry Fielding

How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.

Benjamin Disraeli

If you are not criticized, you may not be doing much.

Donald H. Rumsfeld

Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.

Kurt Vonnegut

Criticism is prejudice made plausible.

H. L. Mencken

Never criticize a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins.

Native American Proverb

Criticism comes easier than craftsmanship.


No degree of dullness can safeguard a work against the determination of critics to find it fascinating.

Harold Rosenberg

I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, "I wanna grow up and be a critic."

Richard Pryor

One cannot review a bad book without showing off.

W. H. Auden

After all, one knows one's weak points so well, that it's rather bewildering to have the critics overlook them and invent others.

Edith Wharton

Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.

Franklin P. Jones