Friday, 23 December 2011

Critics / Criticism

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Critics / Criticism

A true critic ought to dwell rather upon excellencies than imperfections. - Joseph Addison

A critic is a man who knows the way but can’t drive the car. - Kenneth Tynan

The right to criticize must be earned, even if the advice is constructive in nature. Before you are entitled to tinker with another person’s self-esteem, you are obligated first to demonstrate your respect for him as a person. When a relationship of confidence has been carefully constructed, you will have earned the right to discuss a potentially threatening topic. Your motives will have been thereby clarified.

Criticism is futile because it puts a man on the defensive, and usually makes him strive to justify himself. Criticism is dangerous because it wounds a man’s precious pride, hurts his sense of importance and arouses his resentment.

Criticism of ourselves and others is rarely justified, and should cause us to consider seriously any thought about other people and ourselves before we speak and send forth our criticism.

Criticism: It is folly for an eminent person to think of escaping censure, and a weakness to be affected by it. All the illustrious persons of antiquity, and indeed of every age, have passed through this fiery persecution. - Joseph Addison

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

Criticism should awaken our attention, not inflame our anger. We should listen to, and not flee from, those who contradict us. Truth should be our cause, no matter in what manner it comes to us. - Magdeleine Sable

Unjust criticism is usually disguised compliment. It often means that you have aroused jealously and envy. Remember that no one ever kicks a dead log. - Dale Carnegie

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

All you’ll get from strangers is surface pleasantry or indifference. Only someone who loves you will criticize you. - Judith Crist

A smile in giving honest criticism can make the difference between resentment and reform. - Philip Steinmetz

Criticism should not be querulous and wasting, but guiding, instructive, inspiring. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

People ask you for criticism, but they only want praise. - William Somerset Maugham

Criticism is most effective when it sounds like praise. - Arnold H Glasow

To escape criticism – do nothing, say nothing, be nothing. - Elbert Hubbard

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