"Any fool can criticize, complain, and condemn--and most fools do. But it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving."
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"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."
"Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing."
"It is a thing of no great difficulty to raise objections against another man's oration--nay, it is very easy; but to produce a better in its place is a work extremely troublesome."
"If you have no will to change it, you have no right to criticize it."
"Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man's growth without destroying his roots."
"The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic."
"If we judge ourselves only by our aspirations and everyone else only by their conduct, we shall soon reach a very false conclusion."
"We need very strong ears to hear ourselves judged frankly, and because there are few who can endure frank criticism without being stung by it, those who venture to criticize us perform a remarkable act of friendship, for to undertake to wound or offend a man for his own good is to have a heal...
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Criticism is futile because it puts a person on the defensive and usually makes him strive to justify himself. Criticism is dangerous, because it wounds a person’s precious pride, hurts his sense of importance, and arouses resentment. …. Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain—and ...
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