44 Quotes About Detractors

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The act of detracting can easily damage relationships. Focusing on one another and the direction to which you are headed will keep the both of you on track. Here are some great quotes about detractors that capture these unique characteristics.

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

“As for literary criticism in general: I have long felt that any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel or a play or a poem is preposterous.”

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

“Children need models rather than critics.”

“Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting.”

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

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

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

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

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.”

“Don’t criticize them; they are just what we would be under similar circumstances.”

“Don’t criticize what you don’t understand, son. You never walked in that man’s shoes.”

“Don’t bow down to critics who have not themselves written great masterpieces.”

“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.”

“Has anybody ever seen a drama critic in the daytime? Of course not. They come out after dark, up to no good.”

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

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

“I criticize by creation, not by finding fault.”

“I have no right, by anything I do or say, to demean a human being in his own eyes. What matters is not what I think of him; it is what he thinks of himself. To undermine a man’s self-respect is a sin.”

“I have yet to find the man, however exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism.”

“I’d like to emphasize that when a reader finishes a great novel, he will immediately begin looking for another. If someone loves your book, it increases the chance that he or she will look at mine.”

“If we judge ourselves only by our aspirations and everyone else only their conduct we shall soon reach a very false conclusion.”

“In criticism, I will be bold, and as sternly, absolutely just with friend and foe. From this purpose nothing shall turn me.”

“It is much more valuable to look for the strength in others. You can gain nothing by criticizing their imperfections.”

“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.”

“I’ve been all over the world and I’ve never seen a statue of a critic.”

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

“One mustn’t criticize other people on grounds where he can’t stand perpendicular himself”

“People tend to criticize their spouse most loudly in the area where they themselves have the deepest emotional need.”

“Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.”

“Some people have been unkind. If I say I want to grow as an actress, they look at my figure.”

“That was excellently observed’, say I, when I read a passage in an author, where his opinion agrees with mine. When we differ, there I pronounce him to be mistaken.”

“The artist doesn’t have time to listen to the critics. The ones who want to be writers read the reviews, the ones who want to write don’t have the time to read reviews.”

“The pleasure of criticizing takes away from us the pleasure of being moved by some very fine things.”

“The trouble with most of us is that we’d rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.”

“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 criticize 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.”

“Whatever negative things people think and say about you is enough to bring you down provided you belief that it carries a weight that can push you hard.”

“When dealing with critics always remember this: Critics judge things based on what is outside of their content of understanding.”

“When virtues are pointed out first, flaws seem less insurmountable.”

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

“When you’re different, sometimes you don’t see the millions of people who accept you for what you are. All you notice is the person who doesn’t.”

“Who do you spend time with? Criticizers or encouragers? Surround yourself with those who believe in you. Your life is too important for anything less.”

“You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.”

“You need a high degree of corruption or a very big heart to love absolutely everything.”

There are various ways to enhance your life with the right kind of relationships. There are many ways a bad relationship can also detract from your life.