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71 Criticism Quotes and Sayings About How To Deal With Haters

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Accepting criticism is not something that anyone enjoys and seeks out. However, if you look at people who are successful, vs. people who are often stuck, a deciding factor is often their willingness to listen to criticism and learn from it.

While not all criticism is valid, some surely is. Decide what applies and learn from it, and let the rest go. Look at the motivations of the person who is offering it to you.

Even if the message is not always delivered in the best manner, if the ultimate goal to keep you from making a mistake, or to help you to grow?

Even people who are simply hyper-critical, can speak kernels of truth sometimes. Please read below some powerful thoughts on accepting criticism.

 

Great and Inspiring Criticism Quotes

1.) “Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” – Aristotle

2.) “Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving.” – Dale Carnegie

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3.) “When virtues are pointed out first, flaws seem less insurmountable.” – Judith Martin

 

4.) “The pleasure of criticizing takes away from us the pleasure of being moved by some very fine things.” – Jean de La Bruyère

 

5.) “You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.” – John Wooden

 

6.) “Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting.” – Emmet Fox

 

7.) “Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.” – Benjamin Franklin

 

8.) “Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.” – Neil Gaiman

 

9.) “The trouble with most of us is that we’d rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.” – Norman Vincent Peale

 

10.) “When we judge or criticize another person, it says nothing about that person; it merely says something about our own need to be critical.” – Unknown

 

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

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12.) “The artist doesn’t have time to listen to the critics. The ones who want to be writers read the reviews, the ones who want to write don’t have the time to read reviews.” – William Faulkner

 

13.) “If we judge ourselves only by our aspirations and everyone else only their conduct we shall soon reach a very false conclusion.” – Calvin Coolidge

 

14.) “I have yet to find the man, however exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism.” – Charles Schwab

 

15.) “I criticize by creation, not by finding fault.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

16.) “Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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

 

18.) “Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man’s growth without destroying his roots.” – Frank A. Clark

 

19.) “People tend to criticize their spouse most loudly in the area where they themselves have the deepest emotional need.” – Gary Chapman

 

 

Criticism Quotes and How To Handle It

20.) “Criticism is the disapproval of people, not for having faults, but having faults different from your own.” – Unknown

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21.) “It 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, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly.

So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt

 

22.) “Before you go and criticize the younger generation, just remember who raised them.” – Unknown

 

23.) “Who do you spend time with? Criticizers or encouragers? Surround yourself with those who believe in you. Your life is too important for anything less.” – Steve Goodier

 

24.) “Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.” – Winston Churchill

 

25.) “I have no right, by anything I do or say, to demean a human being in his own eyes. What matters is not what I think of him; it is what he thinks of himself. To undermine a man’s self-respect is a sin.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

 

26.) “Do 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

 

27.) “That was excellently observed’, say I, when I read a passage in an author, where his opinion agrees with mine. When we differ, there I pronounce him to be mistaken.” – Jonathan Swift

 

28.) “Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you. Love me and I may be forced to love you.” – William Arthur Ward

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29.) “A man interrupted one of the Buddha’s lectures with a flood of abuse.

Buddha waited until he had finished and then asked him:

If a man offered a gift to another but the gift was declined, to whom would the gift belong?

To the one who offered it, said the man.

Then, said the Buddha, I decline to accept your abuse and request you to keep it for yourself.”

“Children need models rather than critics.”Joseph Joubert

 

30.) “We need very strong ears to hear ourselves judged frankly, and because there are few who can endure frank criticism without being stung by it, those who venture to criticize us perform a remarkable act of friendship, for to undertake to wound or offend a man for his own good is to have a healthy love for him.” – Michel de Montaigne

 

31.) “Don’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

 

32.) “If we judge ourselves only by our aspirations and everyone else only by their conduct, we shall soon reach a very false conclusion.” – Calvin Coolidge

 

33.) “The final proof of greatness lies in being able to endure criticism without resentment.” – Elbert Hubbard

 

34.) “We need very strong ears to hear ourselves judged frankly, and because there are few who can endure frank criticism without being stung by it, those who venture to criticize us perform a remarkable act of friendship, for to undertake to wound or offend a man for his own good is to have a healthy love for him.” – Michel de Montaigne

 

35.) “When we speak evil of others, we generally condemn ourselves.” – Publius Syrus

 

 

Criticism Quotes and How To Respond to Them

36.) “The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.” – Oscar Wilde

37.) “He who throws dirt always loses ground.” – Unknown

 

38.) “You’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

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39.) “One mustn’t criticize other people on grounds where he can’t stand perpendicular himself.” – Mark Twain

 

40.) “He has a right to criticize who has a heart to help.” – Abraham Lincoln

 

41.) “You can’t let praise or criticisms get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.” – John Wooden

 

42.) “When men speak ill of thee, live so as nobody may believe them.” – Plato

 

43.) “Most people have been brainwashed into believing that their job is to copyedit the world, not to design it.” – Seth Godin

 

44.) “Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you. Love me, and I may be forced to love you.” – Norman Vincent Peale

 

45.) “A creative life cannot be sustained by approval any more than it can be destroyed by criticism.” – Will Self

 

46.) “It is a thing of no great difficulty to raise objections against another man’s oration–nay, it is very easy; but to produce a better in its place is a work extremely troublesome.” – Plutarch

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47.) “The individual must not merely wait and criticize, he must defend the cause the best he can. The fate of the world will be such as the world deserves.”  – Albert Einstein

 

48.) “Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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

 

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

 

51.) “Boredom, after all, is a form of criticism.” – Wendell Phillips

 

52.) “Every human being is entitled to courtesy and consideration. Constructive criticism is not only to be expected but sought.” – Margaret Chase Smith

 

53.) “If we are bold enough to point out problems, we must be brave enough to try to solve them.” – Robert Alan Silverstein

 

 

More Criticism Quotes

54.) “If you have no will to change it, you have no right to criticize it.” – Mark Twain

55.) “One of the criteria for national leadership should therefore be a talent for understanding, encouraging, and making constructive use of vigorous criticism.” – Carl Sagan

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56.) “Blame is safer than praise.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

57.) “Don’t let compliments get to your head and don’t let criticism get to your heart.”  – Lysa TerKeurst

 

58.) “Those of us who shout the loudest about Americanism are all too frequently those who…ignore some of the basic principles of Americanism–the right to criticize, the right to hold unpopular beliefs, the right to protest, the right of independent thought.” – Margaret Chase Smith

 

59.) “Think before you speak is criticism’s motto; speak before you think, creation’s.” – E. M. Forster

 

60.) “Analyses of others are actually expressions of our own needs and values.” – Marshall Rosenberg

 

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

 

62.) “Do 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

 

63.) “Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man’s growth without destroying his roots.” – Frank A. Clark

 

64.) “Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” Napoleon Hill

 

65.) “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something sometime in your life.” – Winston Churchill

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66.) “If your heart acquires strength, you will be able to remove blemishes from others without thinking evil of them.” Mohandas K. Gandhi

 

67.) “My opinions and principles are subjects of just criticism.” – Victoria Woodhull

 

68.) “What distinguishes modern art from the art of other ages is criticism.” – Octavio Paz

 

69.) “Critics sometimes appear to be addressing themselves to works other than those I remember writing.” – Joyce Carol Oates

 

70.) “If someone criticizes you, give them a compliment.” – Debasish Mridha

 

71.) “Learn to see the difference between constructive and destructive criticism.” – Anonymous

 

72.) “Appreciate the constructive; ignore the destructive.” – John Douglas

 

73.) “I have already settled it for myself, so flattery and criticism go down the same drain and I am quite free.” – Georgia O’Keeffe

 

74.) “How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.” – Benjamin Disraeli

 

75.) “Don’t criticize what you can’t understand.” – Bob Dylan

 

76.) “Any fool can criticize, complain, and condemn–and most fools do. But it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving.” – Dale Carnegie

 

77.) “But instead of spending our lives running towards our dreams, we are often running away from a fear of failure or a fear of criticism.” – Eric Wright

 

78.) “Concern over criticism clogs creativity.” – Duane Alan Hahn

 

79.) “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

 

80.) “Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting.” – Emmit Fox

 

81.) “Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions; but those who kindly reprove thy faults.” Socrates

 

82.) “A critic is a legless man who teaches running.” – Channing Pollock

 

83.) “The pleasure we feel in criticizing robs us from being moved by very beautiful things.” – Jean De La Bruyere

 

 

How do you think these criticism quotes will help you?

While it might be difficult to hear and take in, let the hurt feelings and manner of the message go, and ask yourself what you can learn from it, if you can, and how it might make you even better at what you do. This can be at work, in your relationships, or in anything that matters to you.

Take the message and not the messenger in many instances, and you will learn a great deal. None of us is without room for improvement, and if we choose not to be defensive, to take the meaningful messages out, and to let the negative and hurt feelings go, we can only move closer toward success.

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