Criticism Quotes

The average man, if he meddles with criticism at all, is a conservative critic.

— A. E. Housman

Criticism in good faith is good. When it’s targeted solely to destruction, I’m not interested.

— Andrea Bocelli

I didn’t take constructive criticism the way I should have. When I finally caught up to that, that’s when I went to being the MVP.

— Allen Iverson

People and what they say don’t bother me like they used to. When I was younger, I really couldn’t take it because I couldn’t understand where the criticism was coming from.

— Allen Iverson

No one is perfect, and criticism is always welcome and expected.

— Amitabh Bachchan

Praise and criticism seem to me to operate exactly on the same level. If you get a great review, it’s really thrilling for about ten minutes. If you get a bad review, it’s really crushing for ten minutes. Either way, you go on.

— Ann Patchett

A lot of food criticism has a similar flavor to it, and I’m probably going to write about it in a different way.

— Alex Kapranos

I studied classics, and I find it mystifying that we had Medea and Electra and Antigone and all these amazing characters, and they don’t really exist in cinema now. The only person who’s really doing it, and he gets loads of criticism for it, is Lars Von Trier.

— Alice Lowe

When I composed, I heard my music played by the orchestra within days of completion of the score. No master at a conservatory, no matter how revered, can teach as much by verbal criticism as can a cold and analytical hearing of one’s own music being played.

— Andre Previn

If you want to write for T.V. and movies, you will be subjected to kind and unkind criticism. You had better get used to it and develop a shell.

— Anne Beatts

There is still an element of the BBC that feels it is somehow wrong, or it will be open to criticism, if it makes more money.

— Armando Iannucci

Conventional people are roused to fury by departure from convention, largely because they regard such departure as a criticism of themselves.

— Bertrand Russell

I am not afraid if the criticism concerns what I do wrong, because then I know. Because if you say the King cannot be criticized, it means that the King is not human.

— Bhumibol Adulyadej

I have been both praised and criticized. The criticism stung, but the praise sometimes bothered me even more. To have received such praise and honors has always been puzzling to me.

— Billy Joel

You can learn a lot from criticism if you can take what’s constructive out of it. If you read a review that starts with, ‘This person is an idiot who do they think they are?’, you’re not going to learn anything from that.

— Blake Lively

I’m easy to work with, not a pushover, but I respond to criticism and find it inspiring.

— Ben Elton

What has bothered and angered radical Muslims is that I’m a non-Muslim writing anything at all about Islam. But this is fiction, and I don’t think Islam is above criticism or fictionalization any more so than Judaism, Christianity, Mormonism or Hinduism is.

— Brad Thor

Graham Greene, as I understand it, was quite outspoken in his criticism of American foreign policy.

— Brendan Fraser

I’m not interested in constructive criticism, believe me.

— Buzz Osborne

That does not mean that we must forego just and fair criticism, or refrain from opposition to policies which are debatable or which do not command our approval.

— Bainbridge Colby

I think the hardest part about being a teenager is dealing with other teenagers – the criticism and the ridicule, the gossip and rumors.

— Beverley Mitchell

All I’ve done is my job, and I intend to continue doing it. And I’m not especially worried about the criticism that comes from the bench.

— Baltasar Garzon

I despise the phony, fancy-pants rhetoric of professors aping jargon-filled European locutions – which have blighted academic film criticism for over 30 years.

— Camille Paglia

Perhaps it would be better for science, that all criticism should be avowed.

— Charles Babbage

I think it’s a fair criticism to say that we’ve gotten our fill of superhero films, and audiences should just have different things to choose from when they go to the theaters.

— Chris Pine

I’m not saying that President Obama should be exempt from criticism, nor do I believe it is some act of racial treason for a black person to hold our president accountable for his actions.

— Cornel West

The point of literary criticism in anthropology is not to replace research, but to find out how it is that we are persuasive.

— Clifford Geertz

For some reason if we hear 100 praises and one criticism, we focus on that one hurtful thing.

— Carmen Electra

What we don’t need in country music is divisiveness, public criticism of each other, and some arbitrary judgement of what belongs and what doesn’t.

— Charley Pride

People react to criticism in different ways, and my way is definitely to come out fighting.

— David Beckham

Criticism, even when you try to ignore it, can hurt. I have cried over many articles written about me, but I move on and I don’t hold on to that .

— Diana Ross

The truth is that the more responsible the media outlet, the more responsive they are to constructive criticism.

— David Brock

Let me just say, I think there’s a reasonable criticism to be made of the Obama administration on the way that it left Iraq.

— Dexter Filkins

Many years, I would publish four books – an anthology, a book of criticism, a new book of poems, a book of essays.

— Donald Hall

The critics love to get out their knives and dine on Coverdale. But the worse the criticism gets, the more successful I become.

— David Coverdale

Even the most meticulous historians work subjectively. The historian’s point of view, his or her selection of subject and sources, the emphasis, the tone – all of these lead to subjective history, inevitably so. I do not say this as a criticism, merely as an observation.

— David Ebershoff

Two cheers for Democracy one because it admits variety, and two because it permits criticism.

— E. M. Forster

So, two cheers for Democracy: one because it admits variety and two because it permits criticism.

— E. M. Forster

Philosophers, as things now stand, are all too fond of offering criticism from on high instead of studying and understanding things from within.

— Edmund Husserl

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

— Elbert Hubbard

In a democratic society, we politicians have to accept criticism, especially when it is founded.

— Enrique Pena Nieto

When it is about technology, there is this tendency to just reject all criticism as being anti-technological and anti-modern. I think this is very unhealthy.

— Evgeny Morozov

While we would love to have no criticism, probably if we had no critique, we wouldn’t be doing anything meaningful.

— Erwin McManus

Fox News is nothing if not impressive. No matter how harsh the criticism it endures, the network somehow always manages to prove itself even worse than we had previously imagined.

— Eric Alterman

To test a modest man’s modesty do not investigate if he ignores applause, find out if he abides criticism.

— Franz Grillparzer

For the first half of this century, High Court judges have been cautious to the point of timidity in expressing any criticism of governmental action the independence of the judiciary has been of a decidedly subordinate character.

— Ferdinand Mount

Few are there that will leave the secure seclusion of the scholar’s life, the peaceful walks of literature and learning, to stand out a target for the criticism of unkind and hostile minds.

— Felix Adler

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

— Franklin P. Jones

In this job, you accept criticism and give answers on the field.

— Gianluigi Buffon

Well you know I’ve attracted a lot of criticism by, for example, suggesting that child benefit should be taken away from higher rate taxpaying families.

— George Osborne

A common criticism of establishment journalists entails comparing them to stenographers, on the ground that most of them do little more than mindlessly write down and uncritically repeat what government officials say.

— Glenn Greenwald

Criticism and pessimism destroy families, undermine institutions of all kinds, defeat nearly everyone, and spread a shroud of gloom over entire nations.

— Gordon B. Hinckley

I think that my main criticism in that book was directed at the general assumption that adaptation characterizes populations and species, rather than simply the individuals in the populations and species.

— George C. Williams

I have never believed that the critic is the rival of the poet, but I do believe that criticism is a genre of literature or it does not exist.

— Harold Bloom

Criticism in the universities, I’ll have to admit, has entered a phase where I am totally out of sympathy with 95% of what goes on. It’s Stalinism without Stalin.

— Harold Bloom

One of the nice things about a favorite pop song is that it’s an unconditional truce on judgment and musical snobbery. You like the song because you just do, and there need not be any further criticism.

— Henry Rollins

A lot of people are intimated by art, but it’s something to be revered beyond criticism.

— Hannah Gadsby

Intellectuals who live in Hungary, or who wish to work or lecture there, are extremely circumspect in their criticism.

— Hari Kunzru

I like art history and art criticism. Leo Steinberg has always been my favorite. He’s very original, very accurate and acute.

— Helen Vendler

If we are to have such a discipline we must have standards, and to get our standards under existing conditions we must have criticism.

— Irving Babbitt

I like to not care that much about criticism, but I do care about it.

— Jack Nicholson

Extremely religious, legalistic people have a criticism or judgment about everyone and everything. They just have a way of bringing people down with what they say.

— Joyce Meyer

Criticism, that fine flower of personal expression in the garden of letters.

— Joseph Conrad

If you’re going to get into social criticism with absurdity and satire, you can’t be politically correct when you do that.

— John Cusack

After the last line of a poem, nothing follows except literary criticism.

— Joseph Brodsky

I don’t judge a regime by the damning criticism of the opposition, but by the ingenuous praise of the partisan.

— Jean Rostand

If I have one criticism of the other late-night shows, it’s that they’re almost entirely scripted.

— Jimmy Kimmel

If you take everything personally and to heart, it will tear you apart. Take criticism, learn, adjust, and move on.

— Johnny Iuzzini

The only criticism heard with any frequency of Elton John’s first American album, ‘Elton John,’ was that the production was too grandiose. The melodies were superb, and lyrics frequently very good, and the performances flawless.

— Jon Landau

Obviously there will be a backlash. If you believe the hype you have to believe a backlash too. Any criticism we get, is always stuff we’ve already criticised ourselves.

— Jonny Greenwood

As for how criticism of Keats’ poetry relates to criticism of my own work, I’ll leave that for others to decide.

— Jane Campion

In the old days of literature, only the very thick-skinned – or the very brilliant – dared enter the arena of literary criticism. To criticise a person’s work required equal measures of erudition and wit, and inferior critics were often the butt of satire and ridicule.

— Joanne Harris

As authors, we all expect criticism from time to time, and we all have our ways of coping with unfriendly reviews.

— Joanne Harris

My favorite laser disk ever was the laser disk for The Graduate, which had a commentary track that wasn’t even the filmmakers, it was a professor, some film criticism guy who just happen to be this amazing commentator who went off into the whole theory of comedy.

— Jay Roach

In one’s relationship with dogs and with a newsroom, a generous amount of praise and encouragement goes much better than criticism.

— Jill Abramson

RoboCop the first movie was fantastic. But even if there was no movie, the concept of RoboCop is brilliant, first because it lends itself to a lot of social criticism, but also because it poses a question, ‘When do you lose your humanity?’

— Jose Padilha

When ideas are young and vulnerable, criticism can be lethal.

— Janet Echelman

When something’s wrong, even though you’re the one doing it, you shouldn’t feel defensive about it. It’s hard because you have to protect yourself as a person in your life, but you can’t protect yourself as an actor. You have to just take criticism.

— Jess Weixler

Fame infantilises and grants relative impunity. Those that seek it, out of an exaggerated need for admiration or attention, are often the least well equipped to deal with criticism.

— Jemima Khan

Of all the cants which are canted in this canting world, – though the cant of hypocrites may be the worst, – the cant of criticism is the most tormenting!

— Laurence Sterne

You know, I always think of myself as sort of ready for every criticism.

— Lena Dunham

Hollywood is a very volatile place where artists come in, and they essentially say they want to belong. It’s incredibly vulnerable to be an actor and also get criticism at a young age when you’re formulating who you are. We’ve seen a lot of people fall victim to that, and it’s very unfortunate.

— Leonardo DiCaprio

Sometimes when you’re praised about something, sometimes it’s deserved, and sometimes it’s not deserved. Same thing with criticism. Sometimes the criticism is deserved, and sometimes it’s not deserved.

— LaDainian Tomlinson

Never feel that a piece of criticism or advice is too much trouble to give, or that it exceeds your province.

— Lord Mountbatten

We live on the circumference of a hollow circle. We draw the circumference, like spiders, out of ourselves: it is all criticism of criticism.

— Laura Riding

I would guess that any criticism about Wal-Mart could have some element of truth with 1,500,000 people.

— Lee Scott

No one understands my accent. I’m constantly going to auditions and being told they don’t like how I talk. You have to live with criticism, and I don’t take it personally.

— Lauren Socha

Science must begin with myths, and with the criticism of myths.

— Karl Popper

I wanted to be an actress. I wanted to be known. Yes, it’s difficult sometimes. I believe that if you’re going to be in a profession like this, which is so open to criticism, to speculation, you need to have people around you who will believe in you and stand by you.

— Katrina Kaif

I’ve had trouble with criticism, I guess. It’s hard to know what role criticism plays in either encouraging poets or in getting other people to read them.

— Kenneth Koch

For all the criticism of me, there’s one thing you won’t hear anybody say, and that’s that I’ve pulled the wool over anyone’s eyes.

— Ken Cuccinelli

There are many who criticise the United Nations. And those of us who know this institution well know that it is not immune from criticism. But those who argue against the United Nations advance no credible argument as to what should replace it. Whatever its imperfections, the United Nations represents a necessary democracy of states.

— Kevin Rudd

People sometimes get a little extra criticism when they try something that they don’t normally do, but I think that’s just a natural thing for artists. It’s like, ‘Okay, I did that, and now I want to try this.’

— Kristen Wiig

The use of criticism, in periodical writing, is to sift, not to stamp a work.

— Margaret Fuller

Even criticism is more interesting when the writer’s authority does not only come through this omniscient narrator, but through questions, ambivalence, vulnerability. A mind questioning and on the move, not just settling down and declaring – that’s one of the most interesting possibilities.

— Margo Jefferson

Marilyn Manson is a criticism of gimmickry, while being itself a gimmick.

— Marilyn Manson

I take much of the attacks and the criticism toward me as being very class-based, but as Americans we don’t like to acknowledge that reality.

— Michael Moore

Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten.

— Milan Kundera

I read every single review, because I love film criticism and I’m interested.

— Melanie Lynskey

I take it for what it is, and sometimes the criticism is actually useful and constructive and actually informs what I do, but most of the time, it’s sort of mindless, or they’re receiving something on a different frequency than I was sending it.

— Michael Ian Black

The American Jewish left gets a lot of press time. But the American Jewish right does not. And in many ways, the American Jewish right is every bit as well-organized and perhaps better funded than the American Jewish left. And they also come out with criticism.

— Michael Oren

The Romantics were whipping boys of the New Criticism, but they appealed to me anyway. I was recalcitrant. It was clear to me that they had thought innovatively.

— M. H. Abrams

Usually, English personalities are difficult they don’t take criticism easily.

— Natalia Makarova

There is no body of theory or significant body of relevant information, beyond the comprehension of the layman, which makes policy immune from criticism.

— Noam Chomsky

Fascist movements kill off their critics, literally or metaphorically, while democratic movements value, invite and even welcome criticism.

— Parker Palmer

Criticism of a policy is welcome. But in the garb of criticizing a policy, if you allege that the policy was made for corrupt purposes, I reject it.

— P. Chidambaram

Maybe it’s legitimate criticism, though it can be hurtful. Maybe I haven’t paid sufficient attention to the people with whom I would have a natural affinity as a liberal, and they feel let down by that.

— Paddy Ashdown

I still think like a critic, and I still analyze films like a critic. However, it’s not possible to write criticism if you’re making films.

— Paul Schrader

I’m used to having a lot of criticism. It’s normal. It’s normal when you come from South America, when you have a country pushing very hard in your back.

— Pastor Maldonado

The characteristic feature of modernity is criticism: what is new is set over and against what is old, and it is this constant contrast that constitutes the continuity of tradition.

— Octavio Paz

The more criticism I get, the more it gives me a stronger urge to win. So I try harder.

— Rain

Honest criticism, I suppose, has its place. But honest writing is infinitely more valuable.

— Rachel Cusk

One of my favorite little sayings is, ‘To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.’

— Robert M. Gates

The clear problem of the outlawing of insult is that too many things can be interpreted as such. Criticism, ridicule, sarcasm, merely stating an alternative point of view to the orthodoxy, can be interpreted as insult.

— Rowan Atkinson

Barack Obama happens to be the first African-American, and so criticism of him is and always was gonna be racism, and therefore not permitted.

— Rush Limbaugh

There is only one justification for universities, as distinguished from trade schools. They must be centers of criticism.

— Robert M. Hutchins

The aim of all commentary on art now should be to make works of art – and, by analogy, our own experience – more, rather than less, real to us. The function of criticism should be to show how it is what it is, even that it is what it is, rather than to show what it means.

— Susan Sontag

The characteristic shared by people at the top of their profession is that, to get better, they crave criticism. Most people don’t like criticism, but if you are trying to shave two tenths of a second at 800 metres, that is what you crave.

— Sebastian Coe

It’s everywhere, constant criticism of women’s appearance in magazines and online. It’s not easy to navigate.

— Shirley Manson

When I first started out, I got criticism for the way I looked. I think, now, it’s a good thing because, why would you want to look like everyone else?

— Sophie Ellis-Bextor

Criticism can be devastating. When push comes to shove, we are all very sensitive.

— Steve Vai

Today, ‘fat’ has become not a description of size but a moral category tainted with criticism and contempt.

— Susie Orbach

There is more criticism of puritanism, and more distance from Christian morality, than there has been before.

— Susie Bright

You can’t operate a company by fear, because the way to eliminate fear is to avoid criticism. And the way to avoid criticism is to do nothing.

— Steve Ross

If someone’s criticism is completely unfounded on data, then I don’t want to hear it. It doesn’t hold up to scrutiny.

— Tim Ferriss

In a world without any criticism at all, although there are many actors who would think they would be delighted to see that happen, would in fact be a far more problematic world than they could ever imagine.

— Terry Teachout

While criticism of Israel is legitimate and justifiable, it cannot be an excuse – in any way, shape or form – for anti-Semitism.

— Tariq Ramadan

Criticism is part of being in the marketplace. If you can’t take a bit of criticism, you shouldn’t bother publishing a book.

— Tibor Fischer

I don’t let negative criticism, for the most part, bother me.

— Terry McMillan

You have to laugh, you have to be able to take criticism.

— Tina Yothers

This issue, if not addressed, leaves any President, including George Bush, open to the criticism that they are essentially ignoring the destruction of the nation and I believe that with all my heart.

— Tom Tancredo

Criticism is something that you have to take, regardless of what you do. Even if you go out there and try to make the most vanilla, non-offensive TV show possible, people are going to criticize you for doing that. It’s just part of the game.

— Thomas Sadoski

People ask for criticism, but they only want praise.

— W. Somerset Maugham

The greater the decrease in the social significance of an art form, the sharper the distinction between criticism and enjoyment by the public. The conventional is uncritically enjoyed, and the truly new is criticized with aversion.

— Walter Benjamin

Boredom, after all, is a form of criticism.

— Wendell Phillips

Many French directors, having now realised there was no more real criticism, that the standards of the past have gone, are very offended about the quality of film criticism.

— Wim Wenders

I mean no film is beyond criticism, but I think we’ve made a very modest movie.

— Walter Hill

Neither praise or blame is the object of true criticism. Justly to discriminate, firmly to establish, wisely to prescribe, and honestly to award. These are the true aims and duties of criticism.

— William Gilmore Simms

People frequently ask me if adverse criticism bothers me. I’ve had a lot of it, and I have been able to shrug most of it off.

— Warren Giles

There’s nothing wrong with constructive criticism, and I learn from that and better myself. I’m not expecting anyone to be sycophantic in any way I never expected that.

— Victoria Beckham

The idea that Google, Yahoo, and eBay are getting a free ride is absolutely unfair criticism. We have to build out our own infrastructure. And we have to inter-connect to the public Internet.

— Vint Cerf
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