165 Critical Quotes To Inspire You

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The Most Famous Critical Quotes (Best in 2024)

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

Criticism is the windows and chandeliers of art: it illuminates the enveloping darkness in which art might otherwise rest only vaguely discernible, and perhaps altogether unseen. — George Jean Nathan

Merciless criticism and independent thinking are the two necessary traits of revolutionary thinking. — Bhagat Singh

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

Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors. — Ernest Hemingway

Ours is an age of criticism, to which everything must be subjected. — Immanuel Kant

The critical principle demanded an examination, for instance, of the contribution of different periods, thus to some extent embarking on historical linguistics. — Ferdinand De Saussure

Artists teach critics what to think. Critics repeat what the artists teach them. — Sol LeWitt

A man is a critic when he cannot be an artist, in the same way that a man becomes an informer when he cannot be a soldier. — Gustave Flaubert

I am not a critic; to me criticism is so often nothing more than the eye garrulously denouncing the shape of the peephole that gives access to hidden treasure. — Djuna Barnes

Short Critical Quotes

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  • If you want to know who controls you, look at who you are not allowed to criticize. — Voltaire
  • Do what you feel in your heart to be right - for you’ll be criticized anyway. — Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Success comes from curiosity, concentration, perseverance and self criticism. — Albert Einstein
  • There is only one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing, Say nothing, and Be nothing. — Aristotle
  • Before you react, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you criticize, wait. Before you quit, try. — Ernest Hemingway
  • Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing. — Aristotle
  • To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize. — Voltaire
  • Blame where you must, be candid where you can, And be each critic the Good-natured Man. — Oliver Goldsmith
  • Don't accept the applause of men, and you won't be destroyed by their criticism. — Reinhard Bonnke
  • Critics are like eunuchs: they know how, but they can't do it. — Paul Bocuse

Top 10 Critical Quotes

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If you want to know who controls you, look at who you are not allowed to criticize. — Voltaire

Be a free thinker and don't accept everything you hear as truth. Be critical and evaluate what you believe in. — Aristotle

Do what you feel in your heart to be right - for you’ll be criticized anyway. — Eleanor Roosevelt

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

Merciless criticism and independent thinking are the two necessary traits of revolutionary thinking. — Bhagat Singh

Success comes from curiosity, concentration, perseverance and self criticism. — Albert Einstein

There is only one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing, Say nothing, and Be nothing. — Aristotle

Before you react, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you criticize, wait. Before you quit, try. — Ernest Hemingway

They can crack jokes. They can sit back and analyze and criticize and make all the fun they want. But I'm living my life, I'm doing it. What are you doing? — Kai Greene

Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. Call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically, that was really, really critical for the thing to pass. — Jonathan Gruber

Critical Image Quotes

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Critical quote by Elbert Hubbard

To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. — Elbert Hubbard

Critical quote by Mark Twain

If you have no will to change it, you have no right to criticize it. — Mark Twain

Critical quote Accept both compliments and criticism. It takes both sun and
Accept both compliments and criticism. It takes both sun and rain for a flower to grow.
Critical quote by David Icke

The greatest prison people live in is the fear of what other people think. — David Icke

Critical quote by Paul Robeson

The answer to injustice is not to silence the critic but to end the injustice. — Paul Robeson

Critical quote by Malcolm X

If you have no critics you'll likely have no success. — Malcolm X

Critical quote Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be cr
Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be criticized anyways.
Critical quote by Dale Carnegie

Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain -- and most fools do. — Dale Carnegie

Critical quote by Daniel Gilbert

People are drastically overconfident about their judgments of others. — Daniel Gilbert

Critical quote by Zig Ziglar

Ability is important in our quest for success, but dependability is critical. — Zig Ziglar

Critical quote by Muhammad Iqbal

Human intellect is natures attempt at self criticism — Muhammad Iqbal

Critical quote by Oscar Wilde

The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic. — Oscar Wilde

Critical quote by LeBron James

I like criticism. It makes you strong. — LeBron James

Critical quote Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no critici
Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.

Critical Thinking Quotes

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Before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Before you retire, save. Before you die, give. — William Arthur Ward

Do not indoctrinate your children. Teach them how to think for themselves, how to evaluate evidence, and how to disagree with you. — Richard Dawkins

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

Critical quote What you feel about another person, what you think or say about another eprson,
What you feel about another person, what you think or say about another eprson, what you do to another person - you do to you. Give judgement and criticism and you give it to yourself. Give love and appreciation to another person or anything, and you give it to yourself.

We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely. — E. O. Wilson

Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you; it means learning to respect and use your own brains and instincts; hence, grappling with hard work. — Adrienne Rich

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The greatest prison people live in is the fear of what other people think. — David Icke

Critical quote Before you act, listen. Before you react, think. Before you spend, earn. Before
Before you act, listen. Before you react, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try.

Criticism of others is thus an oblique form of self-commendation. We think we make the picture hang straight on our wall by telling our neighbors that all his pictures are crooked. — Fulton J. Sheen

Many pastors criticize me for taking the Gospel so seriously. But do they really think that on Judgment Day, Christ will chastise me, saying, 'Leonard, you took Me too seriously'? — Leonard Ravenhill

If the press really thinks Obama is Lincoln, they ought to treat him like they treated Bush, 'cause that's how they treated Lincoln. His critics compared Lincoln to an ape; they called him an illiterate baboon. — Ann Coulter

Read the greats in math, science, and philosophy. Ignore your contemporaries and news. Avoid tribal identification. Put truth above social approval. — Naval Ravikant

Critical Mass Quotes

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We never know how our small activities will affect others through the invisible fabric of our connectedness. In this exquisitely connected world, it's never a question of 'critical mass.' It's always about critical connections. — Grace Lee Boggs

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

We're living in an upside-down era. Regulators detect danger only when a critical mass of citizens has become alarmed. Newsrooms report stories only when the embarrassment of not reporting them becomes unbearable. Universities teach lessons screened by students. It won't end well. — Bret Weinstein

Critical quote Do what you feel in your heart to be right; For you'll be criticized anyway.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right; For you'll be criticized anyway.

If the Karmabanque hasn't worked, it's because there isn't yet a critical mass of people who are prepared to fight back and who instead prefer to be victims. — Max Keiser

English language is the most universal language in history, way more than the Latin of Julius Caesar. Its the most punderful language because its vocabulary has a certain critical mass that makes a lingo good for punning. — Richard Lederer

Media literacy is not just important, it's absolutely critical. It's going to make the difference between whether kids are a tool of the mass media or whether the mass media is a tool for kids to use. — Linda Ellerbee

Critical quote Only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, do nothing.
Only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, do nothing.

When a critical mass of people have the Bible and apply what it teaches in their lives, a nation is transformed. — Loren Cunningham

A brand is something that has a clear-cut identity among consumers, which a company creates by sending out a clear, consistent message over a period of years until it achieves a critical mass of marketing. — Phil Knight

I won't live to see the death-with-dignity movement reach critical mass, but I call on you to carry it forward. — Brittany Maynard

The most important thing is to know how to awaken in the still undeveloped masses an intelligent attitude towards religious questions and an intelligent criticism of religions. — Vladimir Lenin

Critical Moments Quotes

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This night will be very difficult, and the enemy will use all available forces to break the resistance of Ukrainians, the fate of Ukraine is being decided right now. — Volodymyr Zelenskyy

The last 200 years of your ancestry, contain 127 romantic relationships, each involving at least one critical sex moment and most of them probably involving deep love. You’re the product of 127 romances, just in the last 200 years alone. — Tim Urban

Enormous self-belief, intuition, the ability to take a risk at a critical moment and go in for a very dangerous play with counter-chances for the opponent - it is precisely these qualities that distinguish great players. — Garry Kasparov

Critical quote If you have no critics you'll likely have no success.
If you have no critics you'll likely have no success.

In any match, there are few critical moments where there's no second best decision. The rest of the moves are intuitive. — Viswanathan Anand

My forte was the middlegame. I had a good feeling for the critical moments of the play. This undoubtedly compensated for my lack of opening preparation and, possibly, not altogether perfect play in the endgame. In my games things often did not reach the endgame! — Boris Spassky

In quiet moments when you think about it, you recognize what is critically important in life and what isn't. Be wise and don't let good things crowd out those that are essential. — Richard G. Scott

Critical quote Be an encourager. The world has plenty of critics already.
Be an encourager. The world has plenty of critics already.

I release all criticism. I only give out that which I wish to receive in return. My love and acceptance of others is mirrored to me in every moment. — Louise Hay

It is especially important to encourage unorthodox thinking when the situation is critical: At such moments every new word and fresh thought is more precious than gold. Indeed, people must not be deprived of the right to think their own thoughts. — Boris Yeltsin

The moment you declare a set of ideas to be immune from criticism, satire, derision, or contempt, freedom of thought becomes impossible. — Salman Rushdie

The DS represents a critical moment for Nintendo's success over the next two years. If it succeeds, we rise to the heavens, if it fails, we sink into hell. — Hiroshi Yamauchi

Critical Role Quotes

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The formula for success is every guy can make a difference for the entire team in whatever his role is. And to do it right, to get it right, is a critical factor in being successful. — Nick Saban

Most people know that forests are the lungs of our planet, literally playing a critical role in every breath we take. And that they're also home to incredible animals like the orangutan and elephant, which will go extinct if we keep cutting down their forests. — Chris Noth

The first thing you get from the humanities, when they’re well taught, is critical thinking. Philosophy in particular can play that role, not just in universities but in schools as well. — Martha C. Nussbaum

Critical quote There is only one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing, Say nothing and be nothing
There is only one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing, Say nothing and be nothing

Learning is most often considered. a process of getting rather than giving. This is most evident in conceptions of student/teacher roles: Teachers give and students get. Yet, in adult learning both giving and getting are critical. — David A. Kolb

We have played a critical role in meeting the new safety standards. The Canadian space industry contributed new tools that make the inspection of the space shuttle possible. — Marc Garneau

Being a role model is the most powerful form of educating. Youngsters need good models more than they need critics. It's one of a parent's greatest responsibilities and opportunities. — John Wooden

Critical quote Be Slow to criticize and Fast to Appreciate.
Be Slow to criticize and Fast to Appreciate.

My husband, who's the greatest actor in the world, can do anything. Look at what he did in The Critic and Oedipus. In every role he gets-he did this in Richard the Third-there's nothing he can't do, nothing. Just nothing. — Vivien Leigh

Disorder can play a critical role in giving birth to new, higher forms of order. — Margaret J. Wheatley

The family unit plays a critical role in our society and in the training of the generation to come. — Sandra Day O'Connor

The United Nations has a critical role to play in promoting stability, security, democracy, human rights, and economic development. The UN is as relevant today as at any time in its history, but it needs reform. — Chuck Hagel

Critical Decisions Quotes

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It is critical that parents and other trusted adults initiate conversations with kids about underage drinking well in advance of the first time they are faced with a decision regarding alcohol. — Xavier Becerra

If you eat, invest, and think according to what the ‘news’ advocates, you’ll end nutritionally, financially, and morally bankrupt. — Naval Ravikant

Among the social networks, LinkedIn can be one of the most useful when it comes to cultivating critical, lucrative business opportunities, since it has a high concentration of business decision-makers. — Lewis Howes

We can do things the cheap way, the simple way, for the short-term and without regard for the future. Or, we can make the extra effort, do the hard work, absorb the criticism and make decisions that will cause a better future. — Mike Rounds

If you eat, invest, and think according to what the ‘news’ advocates, you’ll end up bankrupt. — Naval Ravikant

There are six elements of gravitas critical to leadership: grace under fire, decisiveness, emotional intelligence and the ability to read a room, integrity and authenticity (people don't like fakes), a vision that inspires others, and a stellar reputation. — Sylvia Ann Hewlett

What the head thinks, should be examined critically in the heart and this right decision should be carried out by the hands. This should be the primary product of the educational process. — Sai Baba

Proper school nutrition must be complemented by activities outside of the cafeteria. The decisions parents make to keep their kids healthy are critical in fighting this battle on the home front. — Tom Vilsack

Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. — Robert H. Schuller

Negativity takes no imagination. It's far easier to criticize someone's decisions after they make them than to propose better ones beforehand. — Urijah Faber

Critical Reflection Quotes

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You need to do some independent thinking, especially about the important things, and try to work them out for yourself. — Edward O. Thorp

A democratic civilization will save itself only if it makes the language of the image into a stimulus for critical reflection - not an invitation for hypnosis. — Umberto Eco

Critical reflection on practice is a requirement of the relationship between theory and practice. Otherwise theory becomes simply "blah, blah, blah, " and practice, pure activism. — Paulo Freire

At a finite distance in the future, a critical state of encounter will occur, an ultimate co-reflective Center. A focused conspiration will allure individual persons to identify with others in profound affinity. Because of thinking altogether, love will grow into Divinity. — Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

The air we breathe, the water we drink, and the land we inhabit are not only critical elements in the quality of life we enjoy - they are a reflection of the majesty of our Creator. — Rick Perry

Constantly worrying about your reflection and criticizing your body, shape and size is an act of violence against yourself. — Emma Thompson

Behind the epistemological scholasticism of empirio-criticism one must not fail to see the struggle of parties in philosophy, a struggle which in the last analysis reflects the tendencies and ideology of the antagonistic classes in modern society. — Vladimir Lenin

Action and faith enslave thought, both of them in order not be troubled or inconvenienced by reflection, criticism, and doubt. — Henri Frederic Amiel

Unless criticism refuses to take itself quite so seriously or at least to permit its readers not to, it will inevitably continue to reflect the finicky canons of the genteel tradition and the depressing pieties of the Culture Religion of Modernism. — Leslie Fiedler

Repeatedly we question the necessity of our actions and evaluate critically the reasons for carrying them out. But in flow there is no need to reflect, because the action carries us forward as if by magic. — Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Critical Theory Quotes

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The world little knows how many of the thoughts and theories which have passed through the mind of a scientific investigator, have been crushed in silence and secrecy by his own severe criticism and adverse examination! — Michael Faraday

The worst censors are those prohibiting criticism of the theory of evolution in the classroom. — Phyllis Schlafly

My favorite laser disk ever was the laser disk for The Graduate, which had a commentary track that wasn't even the filmmakers, it was a professor, some film criticism guy who just happen to be this amazing commentator who went off into the whole theory of comedy. — Jay Roach

I am not well qualified to criticize the theory of rational expectations and the efficient market hypothesis because as a market participant I considered them so unrealistic that I never bothered to study them. — George Soros

Modern critics, who refuse to let a plain thing alone, have now started a theory that Cervantes's work is a vast piece of "symbolism." If so, Cervantes didn't know it himself and nobody thought of it for three hundred years. He meant it as a satire upon the silly romances of chivalry. — Stephen Leacock

Mysticism is in fact the only criticism people cannot level against my theory. — Albert Einstein

From whichever angle one looks at it, the application of racial theories remains a striking proof of the lowered demands of public opinion upon the purity of critical judgment. — Johan Huizinga

Criticism - however valid or intellectually engaging - tends to get in the way of a writer who has anything personal to say. A tightrope walker may require practice, but if he starts a theory of equilibrium he will lose grace (and probably fall off). — J. R. R. Tolkien

The final outcome cannot be known, either to the originator of a new theory, or to his colleagues and critics, who are bent on falsifying it. Thus, the scientific innovator may feel all the more lonely and uncertain. — Peter D. Mitchell

My training in science is actually one that is very critical of mechanistic science. I was trained in quantum theory which emerged at the turn of the last century. We are a whole century behind in absorbing the leaps that quantum theory made for the human mind. — Vandana Shiva

Critique Quotes

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Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the oftener and more steadily we reflect on them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me. — Immanuel Kant

You're always working to improve, and you're always being critiqued on your next performance. It's not about what you've done. There's always room to grow. — Misty Copeland

The way I've been brought up to is take critiques and turn them into positives in my game. — Alex Morgan

The invocation of social necessity should alert us. It contains the seeds for Marx's critique of political economy as well as for his dissection of capitalism. — David Harvey

Has feminism made us all more conscious? I think it has. Feminist critiques of anthropological masculine bias have been quite important, and they have increased my sensitivity to that kind of issue — Clifford Geertz

One of the principal motifs of Nietzsche's work is that Kant had not carried out a true critique because he was not able to pose the problem of critique in terms of values. — Gilles Deleuze

There are certain books in the world which every searcher for truth must know: the Bible, the Critique of Pure Reason, the Origin of Species, and Karl Marx's Capital. — W. E. B. Du Bois

There are certain books in the world which every searcher for truth must know: the Bible, the Critique of Pure Reason, the Origin of Species, and Karl Marx's Capital. — Al Capp

If you're regularly willing to give a critique, but not willing to take one, you're not a leader, you're a cynic. — Ed Stetzer

Everybody has a part of her body that she doesn't like, but I've stopped complaining about mine because I don't want to critique nature's handiwork ... My job is simply to allow the light to shine out of the masterpiece. — Alfre Woodard

Critical Analysis Quotes

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I think that a society cannot live without a certain number of irrational beliefs. They are protected from criticism and analysis because they are irrational. — Claude Levi-Strauss

Check the evidence. Check the basis of conventional beliefs. — Edward O. Thorp

Analysis Is the Critical Starting Point of Strategic Thinking — Kenichi Ohmae

The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis. — Dalai Lama

Cubism had been an analysis of the object and an attempt to put it before us in its totality; both as analysis and as synthesis, it was a criticism of appearance. Surrealism transmuted the object, and suddenly a canvas became an apparition: a new figuration, a real transfiguration. — Octavio Paz

There's only one critic whose opinion I really value, in the final analysis: Johnny Carson. I have never needed any entourage standing around bolstering my ego. I'm secure. I know exactly who and what I am. I don't need to be told. I make no apologies for being the way I am. — Johnny Carson

In the visual arts, for example, the semiological approach to graphics provides a rigorous analysis of the visual means used by the artist. It defines the basic properties and laws governing the arts and suggests objective criteria for art criticism. — Jacques Bertin

It is the Jews who originated biblical exegesis (a critical analysis of the Bible), just as they were the first to criticize the forms and doctrines of Christianity...Truly has Darmesteter written: 'The Jew was the apostle of unbelief, and every revolt of mind originated with him.' — Bernard Lazare

Four D's of Disconnection: 1. Diagnosis (judgment, analysis, criticism, comparison); 2. Denial of Responsibility; 3. Demand; 4. 'Deserve' oriented language. — Marshall B. Rosenberg

Criticism, analysis, and insults are tragic expressions of unmet needs. — Marshall B. Rosenberg

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You must realize that if you are going to reach the heights you have been called to reach, you may elicit some criticism from those who are jealous, petty or angry because they were left behind. — T. D. Jakes

I can see both trends among the youths: people who are ready for a constructive, critical and active presence, and others who are ready to become invisible Muslims and to compromise to be accepted. I put my hope in the former and pray for the latter. — Tariq Ramadan

Whenever you are about to find fault with someone, ask yourself the following question: What fault of mine most nearly resembles the one I am about to criticize? — Marcus Aurelius

To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

If my life is fruitless, it doesn't matter who praises me, and if my life is fruitful, it doesn't matter who criticizes me. — John Bunyan

I want to love you without clutching, appreciate you without judging, join you without invading, invite you without demanding, leave you without guilt, criticize you without blaming, and help you without insulting. If I can have the same from you, then we can truly meet and enrich each other. — Virginia Satir

[On being criticized for her serious expression:] I simply ache from smiling. Why are women expected to beam all the time? It's unfair. If a man looks solemn, it's automatically assumed he's a serious person, not a miserable one. — Queen Elizabeth II

A lot of people criticize Formula 1 as an unnecessary risk. But what would life be like if we only did what is necessary? — Niki Lauda

True karate is this: that in daily life one's mind and body be trained and developed in a spirit of humility, and that in critical times, one be devoted utterly to the cause of justice. — Gichin Funakoshi

Fight less, cuddle more. Demand less, serve more. Text less, talk more. Criticize less, compliment more. Stress less, laugh more. worry less, pray more. With each new day, find new ways to love each other even more. — Dave Willis

I don't need to put jewels on to make myself feel important. I'd rather drop them for the benefit of less fortunate people. I don't need to put gold on my body, and I'm not criticizing people who do, but for me, I'd rather be around my family and see them be happy because that's worth more to me than gold. — Immortal Technique

Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well- warmed, and well-fed. — Herman Melville

Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed. — Herman Melville

Watch out for the joy-stealers: gossip, criticism, complaining, faultfinding, and a negative, judgmental attitude. — Joyce Meyer

Listen more to the one who criticizes you and less to the one who praises you. Learn from them and do something about it. — Paul Kagame

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain - and most fools do. But it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving. — Dale Carnegie

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