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Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build it.

Author: Sam Rayburn (1882-1961)

Profession: American Representative

Do what you feel in your heart to be right. You'll be criticized anyway.

Author: Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

Profession: American First Lady, Columnist, Lecturer, Humanitarian

One of the grotesqueries of present-day American life is the amount of reasoning that goes into displaying the wisdom secreted in bad movies while proving that modern art is meaningless. They have put into practice the notion that a bad art work cleverly interpreted according to some obscure Method is more rewarding than a masterpiece wrapped in silence.

Author: Harold Rosenberg (1906-1978)

Profession: American Art Critic, Author

David Lynch came out of it a genius, and I came out of it a fat girl. I'm sorry that the only comment I get about the part is the way I look. [Commenting on the critics' response to her performance in Blue Velvet]

Author: Isabella Rossellini (1952)

Profession: Italian Actress, Model

Take heed of critics even when they are not fair; resist them even when they are.

Author: Jean Rostand (1894-1977)

Profession: French Biologist, Writer

When a man spends his time giving his wife criticism and advice instead of compliments, he forgets that it was not his good judgment, but his charming manners, that won her heart.

Author: Helen Rowland (1875-1950)

Profession: American Journalist

A critic is a reader who ruminates. Thus, he should have more than one stomach.

Author: Friedrich Schlegel (1772-1829)

Profession: German Philosopher, Critic, Writer

In my wide association in life, meeting with many and great men in various parts of the world, I have yet to find the man, however great or exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than he would ever do under a spirit of criticism.

Author: Charles M. Schwab (1862-1939)

Profession: American Industrialist, Businessman

As much as we thirst for approval we dread condemnation.

Author: Hans Selye (1907-1982)

Profession: Canadian Physician Born In Austria, Research On Stress

Give me the critic bred in Nature's school, who neither talks by rote, nor thinks by rule; who feeling's honest dictates still obeys, and dares, without a precedent, to praise.

Author: Sir Martin Archer Shee


Reviewers, with some rare exceptions, are a most stupid and malignant race. As a bankrupt thief turns thief-taker in despair, so an unsuccessful author turns critic.

Author: Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

Profession: British Poet

A man generally has the good or ill qualities he attributes to mankind.

Author: William Shenstone (1714-1763)

Profession: British Poet

For if there is anything to one's praise, it is foolish vanity to be gratified at it, and if it is abuse -- why one is always sure to hear of it from one damned good-natured friend or another!

Author: Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816)

Profession: Anglo-Irish Dramatist

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.

Author: William Gilmore Simms (1806-1870)

Profession: American Author

The dread of criticism is the death of genius.

Author: William Gilmore Simms (1806-1870)

Profession: American Author