Criticism Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old criticism quotes, criticism sayings, and criticism proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.      

Laurence J. Peter

Don't call the alligator, big mouth until you have crossed the river.      

Belizean (on criticism)

Don't judge anyone unless you've walked in their moccasins one moon.      

Native American Proverb

Don't judge of men's wealth or piety by their Sunday appearances.      

Benjamin Franklin

It is easier to criticize than to do better.      

Swiss (on criticism)

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names can never hurt me.      

unknown

The bad plowman quarrels with his ox.      

Korean (on criticism)

The human tongue is more poisonous than a bee's sting.      

Vietnamese (on criticism)

The pen is mightier than the sword.      

unknown

The rattan basket criticizes the palm     

Filipino (on criticism)

The worst enemy you have is right in your head.      

unknown

When strict with oneself, one rarely fails.      

Confucious

Worthless people blame their karma.      

Burmese (on criticism)

You'll never do anything behind you that won't come up in front of you.      

unknown

Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.     

Winston Churchill

Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man's growth without destroying his roots.     

Frank A. Clark

There is no defense against criticism except obscurity.     

Joseph Addison

I much prefer the sharpest criticism of a single intelligent man to the thoughtless approval of the masses.     

Johannes Kepler

The final proof of greatness lies in being able to endure criticism without resentment.     

Elbert Hubbard

The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.     

Norman Vincent Peale

Don't criticize what you can't understand.     

Bob Dylan

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

Aristotle

He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.     

Abraham Lincoln

Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

People ask you for criticism, but they only want praise.     

W. Somerset Maugham

Before you go and criticize the younger generation, just remember who raised them.     

Unknown Author

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 Author

Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting.     

Emmet Fox

Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving.     

Dale Carnegie

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

Benjamin Disraeli

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

Christopher Hampton

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

Unknown Author

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

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

Franklin P. Jones

If it's very painful for you to criticize your friends - you're safe in doing it. But if you take the slightest pleasure in it, that's the time to hold your tongue.     

Alice Miller

Persecution is the first law of society because it is always easier to suppress criticism than to meet it.     

Howard Mumford Jones

Nothing is complete and thus nothing is exempt from criticism.     

James Luther Adams

A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her.     

David Brinkley

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

Jean De La Bruyere

If criticism had any power to harm, the skunk would be extinct by now.     

Fred Allen

The man who cannot endure to have his errors and shortcomings brought to the surface and made known, but tries to hide them, is unfit to walk the highway of truth.     

James Allen

Do not seek praise. Seek criticism.     

Paul Arden

Sandwich every bit of criticism between two layers of praise.     

Mary Kay Ash

Criticism should be a casual conversation.     

W.H Auden

Remember that all is opinion.     

Marcus Aurelius

The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.     

Oscar Wilde

A sneer is the weapon of the weak.     

James Russell Lowell

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

Sam Rayburn

Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead.     

Unknown Author

The dread of criticism is the death of genius.     

William Gilmore Simms