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16 Criticism Quotations

''One cannot review a bad book without showing off.''
- W. H. Auden

''Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do.''
- Dale Carnegie

''How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.''
- Benjamin Disraeli speech, January 24, 1860

''Now, in reality, the world have paid too great a compliment to critics, and have imagined them to be men of much greater profundity then they really are.''
- Henry Fielding

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

''To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.''
- Elbert Hubbard

''Honest criticism is hard to take - especially when it comes from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.''
- Franklin P. Jones

''People ask for criticism, but they only want praise.''
- W. Somerset Maugham

''Criticism is prejudice made plausible.''
- H. L. Mencken

''Never criticize a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins.''
- American Indian Proverb

''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

''No degree of dullness can safeguard a work against the determination of critics to find it fascinating.''
- Harold Rosenberg

''If you are not criticized, you may not be doing much.''
- Donald H. Rumsfeld

''Pay no attention to what the critics say; there has never been set up a statue in honor of a critic.''
- Jean Sibelius

''Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.''
- Kurt Vonnegut

''Criticism comes easier than craftsmanship.''
- Zeuxis from Pliny the Elder, Natural History

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