Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do.
In certain kinds of writing, particularly in art criticism and literary criticism, it is normal to come across long passages which are almost completely lacking in meaning.
When I am abroad, I always make it a rule never to criticize or attack the government of my own country. I make up for lost time when I come home.
Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.
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.
If you are not criticized, you may not be doing much.
—Donald H. Rumsfeld
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
Wagner's music is better than it sounds.
—Edgar Wilson Nye
How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.
After all, one knows one's weak points so well, that it's rather bewildering to have the critics overlook them and invent others.
To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
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.
Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
—Franklin P. Jones
Criticism is prejudice made plausible.
—H. L. Mencken