"Those who have free seats at a play hiss first."
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"Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead."
"Even the lion has to defend himself against flies."
"Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build it."
"Do what you feel in your heart to be right. You'll be criticized anyway."
"Take heed of critics even when they are not fair; resist them even when they are."
"A critic is a reader who ruminates. Thus, he should have more than one stomach."
"As much as we thirst for approval we dread condemnation."
"A man generally has the good or ill qualities he attributes to mankind."
"The dread of criticism is the death of genius."
"I never read a book before reviewing it; it prejudices a man so."
"Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard."
"Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well."
"In the arts, the critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertising."
"Let us consider the critic, therefore, as a discoverer of discoveries."
"The pleasure we feel in criticizing robs us from being moved by very beautiful things."
"The easiest thing a human being can do is to criticize another human being."
"The strength of criticism lies in the weakness of the thing criticized."
"A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic."
"A sneer is the weapon of the weak."
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