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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 Quotes

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Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving.

Dale Carnegie Quotes

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If you have no will to change it, you have no right to criticize it

Mark Twain Quotes

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As soon Seek roses in December--ice in June, Hope, constancy in wind, or corn in chaff; Believe a woman or an epitaph, Or any other thing that's false, before You trust in critics.

Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron) Quotes , Source: English Bards and Scotch Reviewers (l. 75)

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Criticism is easy, and art is difficult. [Fr., La critique est aisee, et l'art est difficile.]

Phillipe V. Destouches Quotes , Source: Glorieux (II, 5)

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When we judge or criticize another person, it says nothing about that person; it merely says something about our own need to be critical.

Winston Churchill Quotes

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Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.

Benjamin Franklin Quotes

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You know who critics are?--the men who have failed in literature and art.

Benjamin Disraeli Quotes , Source: Lothair (ch. XXXV)

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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 Quotes

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He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.

Abraham Lincoln Quotes

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The press, the pulpit, and the stage, Conspire to censure and expose our age.

Wentworth Dillon, Earl of Roscomon Quotes , Source: Essay on Translated Verse (l. 7)

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Even the lion has to defend himself against flies.

Anonymous Quotes

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What distinguishes modern art from the art of other ages is criticism.

Octavio Paz Quotes

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When I read the rules of criticism, I immediately inquire after the works of the author who has written them, and by that means discover what it is he likes in a composition.

Joseph Addison Quotes , Source: in the "Guardian", no. 115

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He was in Logic, a great critic, Profoundly skill'd in Analytic; He could distinguish, and divide A hair 'twixt south and south-west side.

Samuel Butler (1) Quotes , Source: Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 65)

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A man must serve his time to every trade Save censure--critics all are ready made. Take hackney'd jokes from Miller, got by rote, With just enough of learning to misquote; A mind well skill'd to find or forge a fault; A turn for punning, call it Attic salt; To Jeffrey go, be silent and discreet, His pay is just ten sterling pounds per sheet; Fear not to lie, 'twill seem a lucky hit; Shrink not from blasphemy, 'twill pass for wit; Care not for feeling--pass your proper jest, And stand a critic, hated yet caress'd.

Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron) Quotes , Source: English Bards and Scotch Reviewers (l. 63)

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Said the pot to the kettle, "Get away, blackface." [Sp., Dijo la sarten a la caldera, quitate alla ojinegra.]

Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra) Quotes , Source: Don Quixote (II, 67)

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Who shall dispute what the Reviewers say? Their word's sufficient; and to ask a reason, In such a state as theirs, is downright treason.

Charles Churchill Quotes , Source: Apology (l. 94)

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Though by whim, envy, or resentment led, They damn those authors whom they never read.

Charles Churchill Quotes , Source: The Candidate (l. 57)

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A servile race Who, in mere want of fault, all merit place; Who blind obedience pay to ancient schools, Bigots to Greece, and slaves to musty rules.

Charles Churchill Quotes , Source: The Rosciad (l. 183)

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But, spite of all the criticising elves, Those who would make us feel, must feel themselves.

Charles Churchill Quotes , Source: The Rosciad (l. 961)

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I criticize by creation--not by finding fault.

Charles Churchill Quotes , Source: The Rosciad (l. 961)

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Reviewers are usually people who would have been poets, historians, biographers, etc., if they could: they have tried their talents at one or the other, and have failed; therefore they turn critics.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge Quotes , Source: Lectures on Shakespeare and Milton (p. 36)

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Too nicely Jonson knew the critic's part, Nature in him was almost lost in art.

William Collins Quotes , Source: Epistle to Sir Thomas Hanmer on his Edition of Shakespeare

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There are come Critics so with Spleen diseased, They scarcely come inclining to be pleased: And sure he must have more than mortal Skill, Who please one against his Will.

William Congreve Quotes , Source: The Way of the World (epilogue)

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