Quotes for
the Journey:

Criticism



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

Elbert Hubbard

   
When we criticize another person, it says nothing about that person; it merely says something about our own need to be critical.     -Richard Carlson
   

People can be divided into two classes:  those who go ahead and do something, and those who sit still and inquire, "Why wasn't it done the other way?"       -Oliver Wendell Holmes

   

There is nothing as easy as denouncing.  It don't take much to see that
something is wrong, but it takes some eyesight to see what will bring it right again.      -Will Rogers

   

Criticism can hurt both the receiver and the sender, keeping both from living life as fully as they possibly can.  At least the receiver has the option of taking the criticism in a healthy way and not lose his or her peace of mind over it.  If one is a constant sender of criticism, though, it's very possible that the person doesn't even recognize the way that he or she is sabotaging his or her ability to be accepting of life and the other human beings with whom we all share this planet.       -Tom Walsh

   

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

    
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain--and most fools do.       -Dale Carnegie
  
One has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.     -Abraham Lincoln

All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.      -Unattributed

   

How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.       -Benjamin Disraeli

   
The Sufi poet Rumi wrote, "Your criticism polishes my mirror."  If you understand who you are and respect yourself, you will not see criticism as a problem but as an opportunity to become a better person.  When you feel inadequate or imperfect, the criticism is threatening and makes you feel that you have to defend yourself.  When you are secure--not perfect, but secure--you can listen to the criticism and consider its value.  You can say, "I'm sorry." And "thank you for polishing my mirror," and when it is appropriate you can learn from the criticism and improve your behavior.  I say when it is appropriate because there are some people who love to find fault in others.  That is their problem.       -Bernie Siegel
    

   
There is nothing sacred or untouchable except the freedom to think.  Without criticism, that is to say, without rigor and experimentation, there is no science, without criticism there is no art or literature.  I would also say that without criticism there is no healthy society.     -Octavio Paz
  
We can learn more by welcoming criticism than by rendering judgment.     -J. Jelinek
  
I discovered very quickly that criticism is a form of optimism, and that when you are silent about the shortcomings of your society, you're very pessimistic about that society.  And it's only when you speak truthfully about it that you show your faith in that society.     -Carlos Fuentes
  
People tend to criticize their spouses most loudly in the area where they themselves have the deepest emotional need.      -Gary Chapman, The Five Love Languages
  
The motive behind criticism often determines its validity.  Those who care criticize where necessary.  Those who envy criticize the moment they think that they have found a weak spot.     -Criss Jami
  
The pleasure of criticizing takes away from us the pleasure of being moved by some very fine things.     -Jean de La Bruyère
  
The trouble with most of us is that we'd rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.     -Norman Vincent Peale
  
It is much more valuable to look for the strength in others.  You can gain nothing by criticizing their imperfections.     -Daisaku Ikeda
  
Criticism of others is thus an oblique form of self-commendation.  We think we make the picture hang straight on our wall by telling our neighbors that all his pictures are crooked.     -Fulton J. Sheen, Seven Words of Jesus and Mary
  
People ask you for criticism, but they only want praise.     -W. Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage
  
Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well- warmed, and well-fed.     -Herman Melville
  
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
  
  
I am my own biggest critic.  Before anyone else has criticized me, I have already criticized myself.  But for the rest of my life, I am going to be with me and I don't want to spend my life with someone who is always critical.  So I am going to stop being my own critic.  It's high time that I accept all the great things about me.     -C. JoyBell C.
  
Criticism has the power to do good when there is something that must be destroyed, dissolved, or redirected, but it is capable only of harm when there is something to be built.     -Carl Jung
  

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