Quotes January 30, 2017


Inhale, exhale and ignore all destructive voices both imagined and real.



“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly.

So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
Theodore Roosevelt


“Who do you spend time with? Criticizers or encouragers? Surround yourself with those who believe in you. Your life is too important for anything less.”
Steve Goodier


“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.”
Winston Churchill


“I have no right, by anything I do or say, to demean a human being in his own eyes. What matters is not what I think of him; it is what he thinks of himself. To undermine a man’s self-respect is a sin.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupery


“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


“That was excellently observed’, say I, when I read a passage in an author, where his opinion agrees with mine. When we differ, there I pronounce him to be mistaken.”
Jonathan Swift


“Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you. Love me and I may be forced to love you.”
William Arthur Ward


“A man interrupted one of the Buddha’s lectures with a flood of abuse.

Buddha waited until he had finished and then asked him:

If a man offered a gift to another but the gift was declined, to whom would the gift belong?

To the one who offered it, said the man.

Then, said the Buddha, I decline to accept your abuse and request you to keep it for yourself.”



“Children need models rather than critics.”
Joseph Joubert


“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 healthy love for him.”
Michel de Montaigne


“Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember, the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you.”
Zig Ziglar


“If we judge ourselves only by our aspirations and everyone else only by their conduct, we shall soon reach a very false conclusion.”
Calvin Coolidge


“The final proof of greatness lies in being able to endure criticism without resentment.”
Elbert Hubbard



“When we speak evil of others, we generally condemn ourselves.”
Publius Syrus



“One mustn’t criticize other people on grounds where he can’t stand perpendicular himself.”
Mark Twain


“He has a right to criticize who has a heart to help.”
Abraham Lincoln


“When men speak ill of thee, live so as nobody may believe them.”



“Most people have been brainwashed into believing that their job is to copyedit the world, not to design it.”
Seth Godin


“Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you. Love me, and I may be forced to love you.”
Norman Vincent Peale


“A creative life cannot be sustained by approval any more than it can be destroyed by criticism.”
Will Self


“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.”


“The individual must not merely wait and criticize, he must defend the cause the best he can. The fate of the world will be such as the world deserves.”
Albert Einstein


“Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson


“If we had no faults we should not take so much pleasure in noting those of others.”
François de La Rochefoucauld


“Boredom, after all, is a form of criticism.”
Wendell Phillips

“Every human being is entitled to courtesy and consideration. Constructive criticism is not only to be expected but sought.”
Margaret Chase Smith

“If we are bold enough to point out problems, we must be brave enough to try to solve them.”
Robert Alan Silverstein


“One of the criteria for national leadership should therefore be a talent for understanding, encouraging, and making constructive use of vigorous criticism.”
Carl Sagan


“Don’t let compliments get to your head and don’t let criticism get to your heart.”
Lysa TerKeurst


“Think before you speak is criticism’s motto; speak before you think, creation’s.”
E. M. Forster


“Analyses of others are actually expressions of our own needs and values.”
Marshall Rosenberg


“Don’t criticize them; they are just what we would be under similar circumstances.”
Abraham Lincoln

“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something sometime in your life.” Winston Churchill


“Critics sometimes appear to be addressing themselves to works other than those I remember writing.”
Joyce Carol Oates



“I have already settled it for myself, so flattery and criticism go down the same drain and I am quite free.”
Georgia O’Keeffe



“If someone criticizes you, give them a compliment.”
Debasish Mridha



“Appreciate the constructive; ignore the destructive.”
John Douglas


“How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.”
Benjamin Disraeli


“But instead of spending our lives running towards our dreams, we are often running away from a fear of failure or a fear of criticism.”
Eric Wright


“Concern over criticism clogs creativity.”
Duane Alan Hahn


“The pleasure we feel in criticizing robs us from being moved by very beautiful things.”
Jean De La Bruyere




“Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions; but those who kindly reprove thy faults.”


“A critic is a legless man who teaches running.”
Channing Pollock


“Learn to see the difference between constructive and destructive criticism.”


“Before you go and criticize the younger generation, just remember who raised them.”