30 Encouraging Criticism Quotes

Every person receives criticisms from family, friends, or lovers. They are part of our daily life and something we have learned to power through. But, have they tamped your spirit down or fueled your spirit?

Criticisms are part of our self-discovery, either in the work we do, the way we live or the dreams we chase. It’s sometimes hard to see our own faults and the aspects of our life that require more attention. This is where constructive criticisms come into play.

Here are 30 wise quotes that will help you think more about the topic of criticism.

I pay no attention whatever to anybody’s praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings. – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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

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

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Don’t pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches. – Andy Warhol

As a matter of fact, we are none of us above criticism; so let us bear with each other’s faults. – L. Frank Baum

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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 fulfils the same function as pain in the human body; it calls attention to the development of an unhealthy state of things. If it is heeded in time, danger may be averted; if it is suppressed, a fatal distemper may develop. – Winston Churchill

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

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People ask you for criticism, but they only want praise. – W. Somerset Maugham

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

To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing. – Elbert Hubbard

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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

I criticize by creation, not by finding fault. – Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

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When art critics get together they talk about Form and Structure and Meaning. When artists get together they talk about where you can buy cheap turpentine. – Pablo Picasso

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

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

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

The pleasure of criticizing takes away from us the pleasure of being moved by some very fine things. – Jean De La Bruyere

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

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

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

Often those that criticise others reveal what he himself lacks. – Shannon L. Alder

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In criticism, I will be bold, and as sternly, absolutely just with friend and foe. From this purpose nothing shall turn me. – Edgar Allan Poe

You need a high degree of corruption or a very big heart to love absolutely everything. – Gustave Flaubert

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

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I’ve been all over the world and I’ve never seen a statue of a critic. – Leonard Bernstein

I have already settled it for myself so flattery and criticism go down the same drain and I am quite free. – Georgia O’Keefe

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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

Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting. – Emmet Fox

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