Quotes about Criticism

"Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost what it feels about dogs."

John James Osborne (12 December 1929 – 24 December 1994) was an English playwright, screenwriter, actor and critic of the Establishment.


"I make a fortune from criticizing the policy of the government, and then hand it over to the government in taxes to keep it going."

George Bernard Shaw (26 July 1856 – 2 November 1950) was an Irish playwright and a co-founder of the London School of Economics. Although his first profitable writing was music and literary criticism, in which capacity he wrote many highly articulate pieces of journalism, his main talent was for drama and he wrote more than 60 plays.


"Criticism is the disapproval of people, not for having faults, but having faults different from your own."

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"A critic is someone who never actually goes to the battle, yet who afterwards comes out shooting the wounded."

Tyne Daly (born February 21, 1946) is an American stage and screen actress, widely known for her work as Detective Lacey in the television series Cagney & Lacey. She has won six Emmy Awards for her television work.


"Criticism is the art of appraising others at one's own value."

George Jean Nathan (February 14, 1882 – April 8, 1958) was an American drama critic and editor.


"Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things."

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill (30 November 1874– 24 January 1965) was a British politician and statesman known for his leadership of the United Kingdom during the Second World War (WWII). He is widely regarded as one of the great wartime leaders. He served as prime minister twice (1940-1945 and 1951-1955). A noted statesman and orator, Churchill was also an officer in the British Army, a historian, writer, and an artist. To date, he is the only British prime minister to have received the Nobel Prize in Literature.


"Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man's growth without destroying his roots."

Frank Howard Clark (1888 – 19 January 1962) was an American screenwriter. He wrote for 100 films between 1913 and 1946.


"Critics can be your most important friend. I don't read criticism of my stuff only because when it's bad, it's rough-and when it's good, it's not good enough."

Kevin Norwood Bacon (born July 8, 1958) is an American film and theater actor. Bacon has won Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards, was nominated for an Emmy Award, and was named by The Guardian as one of the best actors never to have received an Academy Award nomination.


"Every human being is entitled to courtesy and consideration. Constructive criticism is not only to be expected but sought."

Margaret Chase Smith (December 14, 1897 – May 29, 1995) was a Republican Senator from Maine, and one of the most successful politicians in Maine history.She was the first woman to be elected to both the U.S. House and the Senate.


"He only profits from praise who values criticism."

Christian Johann Heinrich Heine (13 December 1797 – 17 February 1856) was a journalist, essayist, literary critic, and one of the most significant German poets of the 19th century.