Criticism Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old criticism quotes, criticism sayings, and criticism proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.      

Laurence J. Peter

Don't call the alligator, big mouth until you have crossed the river.      

Belizean (on criticism)

Don't judge anyone unless you've walked in their moccasins one moon.      

Native American Proverb

Don't judge of men's wealth or piety by their Sunday appearances.      

Benjamin Franklin

It is easier to criticize than to do better.      

Swiss (on criticism)

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names can never hurt me.      


The bad plowman quarrels with his ox.      

Korean (on criticism)

The human tongue is more poisonous than a bee's sting.      

Vietnamese (on criticism)

The pen is mightier than the sword.      


The rattan basket criticizes the palm     

Filipino (on criticism)

The worst enemy you have is right in your head.      


When strict with oneself, one rarely fails.      


Worthless people blame their karma.      

Burmese (on criticism)

You'll never do anything behind you that won't come up in front of you.      


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.     

Winston Churchill

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

Frank A. Clark

There is no defense against criticism except obscurity.     

Joseph Addison

I much prefer the sharpest criticism of a single intelligent man to the thoughtless approval of the masses.     

Johannes Kepler

The final proof of greatness lies in being able to endure criticism without resentment.     

Elbert Hubbard

The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.     

Norman Vincent Peale

Don't criticize what you can't understand.     

Bob Dylan

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


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

Abraham Lincoln

Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

People ask you for criticism, but they only want praise.     

W. Somerset Maugham

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

Unknown Author

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

Unknown Author

Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting.     

Emmet Fox

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

Dale Carnegie

How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.     

Benjamin Disraeli