Great Throughts Treasury

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Djuna Chappell Barnes

To love without criticism is to be betrayed.

Character | Criticism | Love |

E. W. Howe, fully Edgar Watson Howe

The most destructive criticism is indifference.

Character | Criticism | Indifference |

Michel de Montaigne, fully Lord Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

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 criticizes 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.

Character | Criticism | Good | Love | Man | Need |

Archibald Alison

The exercise of criticism always destroys for a time our sensibility to beauty by leading us to regard the work in relation to certain laws of construction. The eye turns from the charms of nature to fix itself upon the servile dexterity of art.

Art | Beauty | Criticism | Nature | Regard | Sensibility | Time | Wisdom | Work | Beauty |

Konstanin Dankevich or Dankevych

Only paper flowers are afraid of the rain. We are not afraid of the noble rain of criticism because with it will flourish the magnificent garden of music.

Criticism | Music | Will | Wisdom | Afraid |

William De Witt Hyde

Education: To be at home in all lands and ages; to count Nature as a familiar acquaintance and Art an intimate friend; to gain a standard for the appreciation of other men's work and the criticism of one's own; to carry the keys of the world's library in one's pocket, and feel its resources behind one in whatever task he undertakes; to make hosts of friends among the men of one's own age who are the leaders in all walks of life; to lose oneself in general enthusiasms and co-operate with others for common ends.

Acquaintance | Age | Appreciation | Art | Criticism | Education | Ends | Friend | Life | Life | Men | Nature | Wisdom | Work | World | Appreciation | Art | Friends |

Corazon Aquino

National leaders who find themselves wilting under the withering criticisms by members of the media, would do well not to take such criticism personally but to regard the media as their allies in keeping the government clean and honest, its services efficient and timely, and its commitment to democracy strong and unwavering.

Commitment | Criticism | Democracy | Government | Regard | Government |

Franklin P. Jones

Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.

Acquaintance | Criticism | Friend |

Donald Trump

You have to remain cool under fire and let criticism roll off you. Good leaders handle conflict easily and bad ones are eaten up by it.

Criticism | Good |

Bertrand Russell, fully Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell

Conventional people are roused to fury by departure from convention, largely because they regard such departures as a criticism of themselves. They will pardon much unconventionality in a man who has enough jollity and friendliness to make it clear, even to the stupidest, that he is not engaged in criticizing them.

Convention | Criticism | Enough | Fury | Man | Pardon | People | Regard | Will |

Elbert Green Hubbard

To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.

Criticism | Nothing |

George Santayana

Tomes of aesthetic criticism hang on a few moments of real delight and intuition.

Aesthetic | Criticism | Intuition |

Henry David Thoreau, born David Henry Thoreau

You do not get a man's most effective criticism until you provoke him. Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness.

Bitterness | Criticism | Man | Truth |

Henry Steele Commager

Men in authority will always think that criticism of their policies in dangerous. They will always equate their policies with patriotism, and find criticism subversive.

Authority | Criticism | Men | Patriotism | Will | Think |