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To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.

Elbert Hubbard

The dread of criticism is the death of genius.

William Gilmore Simms

Criticism is information that will help you grow.

Hendrie Weisinger, Ph.D

Concern over criticism clogs creativity.

Duane Alan Hahn

Before you criticize a man, walk a mile in his shoes. That way, when you do criticize him, you'll be a mile away and have his shoes.

Jack Handey or Steve Martin

(Attributed to both. If you have proof of origin, please let me know.)

Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people.

Eleanor Roosevelt

A sneer is the weapon of the weak.

James Russell Lowell

In a kind of backwards version of Odysseus and the Sirens, you can tie yourself to the mast and listen to the nastiest, most suicide-inducing criticism and you'll get through it without crashing on the rocks. Once you get past the scathing Sirens, you can untie yourself and use what you heard to improve in some way.

Duane Alan Hahn

He who throws dirt always loses ground.

Unknown

Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting.

Dr. Emmit Fox

A critic is a legless man who teaches running.

Channing Pollock

The pleasure we feel in criticizing robs us from being moved by very beautiful things.

Jean De La Bruyere

A cynic is prematurely disappointed with the future.

Unknown

Criticism is the disapproval of people, not for having faults, but having faults different from your own.

Unknown

Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build it.

Sam Rayburn

Quitting when you run into a little criticism might seem like the act of someone with low self-esteem, but what's really happening is that you think you're so good that you couldn't possibly learn something or get a little better than you already are. The untamed brain hates change. It would rather have you standing naked in the middle of the street crying your eyes out. Once you realize that your brain hates change and it will do anything to avoid it, you've not only thrown a rope around your brain, you've already started to tame it without even realizing it.

Duane Alan Hahn

There is no defense against criticism except obscurity.

Joseph Addison

Do what you feel in your heart to be right. You'll be criticized anyway.

Eleanor Roosevelt

All my life people have said that I wasn't going to make it.

Ted Turner

You are a glorious, shining sword and criticism is the whetstone. Do not run from the whetstone or you will become dull and useless. Stay sharp.

Duane Alan Hahn

 

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