Stories & Reflections
I am convinced that most of you also feel hurt when someone criticizes your work. Don’t take critics too seriously. They don’t have the power to make (or to avoid) someone buying a book, a CD, or to go to an exhibition. Don’t give them the importance they don’t have. They are trying to make a living, and that’s all.
Critics are like eunuchs in a harem; they know how it’s done, they’ve seen it done every day, but they’re unable to do it themselves.
If I did not manage to convince you, please read the comments below:
Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be criticized anyway. ~ Anna Eleanor Roosevelt
A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her. ~ David Brinkley
A painting in a museum probably hears more foolish remarks than anything else in the world. ~ Edmond and Jules De Goncourt
To escape criticism — do nothing, say nothing, be nothing. ~ Elbert Hubbard
It isn’t what they say about you, it’s what they whisper. ~ Errol Flynn
If criticism had any power to harm, the skunk would be extinct by now. ~ Fred Allen
Don’t be afraid of opposition. Remember, a kite rises against, not with, the wind. ~ Hamilton Mabie
Before you criticize people, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away. And you have their shoes. ~ JK Lambert
A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy. ~ Jean Baudrillard
Sticks and stones are hard on bones, aimed with angry art,
Words can sting like anything but silence breaks the heart.
~ Phyllis McGinley
A fly, Sir, may sting a stately horse and make him wince; but one is but an insect, and the other is a horse still. ~ Samuel Johnson