The Wisdoms Project


I usually enjoy criticism….for many reasons.  Sometimes it gives me an opportunity to see how I can improve my actions or why I should change my thinking.  Sometimes it gives me an opportunity to learn how someone else thinks.  Sometimes it gives me an opportunity to defend my position.  Sometimes it’s hard to take.

Criticism is a compliment.
It shows that you have done or said something too important for a critic to ignore.

Criticism is something we can avoid easily
….by saying nothing, doing nothing and being nothing.

                                                       Fault is the easiest thing in the world to find.
Maybe that's why so many people look for it.

Any fool can criticize….and many of them do.

It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.
    Benjamin Disraeli

    Critics are like eunuchs in a harem.
They know how it's done….they've seen it done every day….but they're unable to do it themselves.
Brendan Behan

Some people take criticism as a challenge:

    Vince Lombardi was told that he lacked motivation….by his football coach.
    Beethoven was called hopeless as a composer….by his teacher.
    Enrico Caruso was told that he had no voice at all….by his teacher.
          Charles Darwin was called a very ordinary boy with a below-standard intellect….by his father.
          Walt Disney was fired for a lack of useable ideas….by his newspaper editor.
    Thomas Edison was told that he was too stupid to learn anything….by his teachers.
          F. W. Woolworth was told that he had no customer sense….by his employer.
          In 1889, the San Francisco Examiner rejected a short story submitted by Rudyard Kipling
           and told him, “You just don’t know how to use the English language.”
    In 1902, the Atlantic Monthly rejected some poems from Robert Frost and said,
                     “Our magazine has no room for your vigorous verse.”
          In 1905, the University of Bern rejected Albert Einstein’s doctoral dissertation
with the comment that it was “irrelevant and fanciful.”
In 1935, the New York Herald Tribune reviewed and rejected George Gershwin’s
          “Porgy and Bess” as  “Sure-fire rubbish.”
In 1962, Decca Records rejected the Beatles audition tape saying, “We don’t like their sound.”

Thank goodness that these very talented people rejected these rejections!

It is well to remember, that when you are judging someone else….they are judging you with the same godlike and superior impartiality.

We tend to judge ourselves by our ideals; others by their actions.

Life has taught me that it is often not for our faults that we are disliked
and even hated, but for our qualities.
Bernard Berenson

Don’t tell your friends their social faults
                ….unless you are prepared for them to cure the fault
   while never forgiving you.
Logan Smith

If all persons knew what they said of each other
                                                        ….there would not be four friends in the world.
Blaise Pascal

Never criticize a person until you have walked a mile in their shoes
….because then you’ll be a full mile away and you’ll have their shoes
so they can’t catch you.
Steven Wright

Deal with the faults of others as gently as with your own.

For every quarterback on the field, there are a thousand in the stands.

Its name is Public Opinion. It is held in reverence. It settles everything.
Some people think it is the voice of God.
    Mark Twain

Those who do well, appreciate criticism.
Those who do not do well, resent it.

Above all, don’t limit your associations to people who agree with you.  Who do we suppose will be able to deal more constructively with the challenges of our time:  people who have only experienced preaching to the converted, or people who tested their understanding against the countervailing understanding of others?
Richard Brodhead

It's a rare person who wants to hear what they don't want to hear.
    Dick Cavett

Most people don’t want advice….only corroboration.
John Steinbeck

Let someone disagree with you.  A great leap ahead in character development takes place when you learn to take criticism without becoming peeved about it.
Samuel Grafton

It is better to advise than to upbraid
                        ….for the one corrects the erring person;
                                                     while the other only convicts them.

What is this self inside us, this silent observer, severe and speechless critic,
who can terrorize us?
T. S. Eliot

When you’re screwing up
and nobody says anything to you anymore
….that means they’ve given up on you.
Randy Pausch

The best thing to do behind a person's back is to pat it.