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Quotes - Conformity

Pay no attention to what the critics say. A statue has never been erected in honor of a critic.
Jean Sibelius
Composer

Listen carefully to the first criticisms of your work. Note just what it is about your work that the critics don’t like — then cultivate it. That’s the part of your work that’s individual and worth keeping.
Jean Cocteau
Poet and novelist

To escape criticism — do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Elbert Hubbard
Designer and writer

Do just once what others say you can’t do, and you will never pay attention to their limitations again.
James R. Cook
British naval captain, navigator and explorer

The great pleasure in life is doing what other people say you cannot do.
Walter Bagehot
Social scientist and literary critic

Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossible before they were done.
Justice Louis Brandeis
Jurist, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

Those that have done nothing in life are not qualified to judge of those that have done little.
Dr. Samuel Johnson
Poet, critic, essayist, lexicographer

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
Mark Twain
Humorist and author

No matter how well you perform there’s always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it’s lousy.
Laurence Olivier
Actor

Men often oppose a thing merely because they have had no agency in planning it, or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike.
Alexander Hamilton
Statesman, 1st Secretary of Treasury

It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.
Benjamin Disraeli
British prime minister and novelist

Fans don’t boo nobodies.
Reggie Jackson
Baseball player

Those who agree with us may not be right but we admire their astuteness.
Cullen Hightower
Salesman and sales trainer

The very essence of the creative is its novelty, and hence we have no standard by which to judge it.
Carl Rogers
Psychologist

The dread of criticism is the death of genius.
William Gilmore Simms
Author

The easiest thing a human being can do is to criticize another human being.
Lynn M. Little

A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy.
Jean Baudrillard
French postmodern philosopher, writer

They condemn what they do not understand.
Cicero
Orator, statesman, and philosopher

I have found it advisable not to give too much heed to what people say when I am trying to accomplish something of consequence. Invariably they proclaim it can’t be done. I deem that the very best time to make the effort.
Calvin Coolidge
30th U.S. president

Remember if people talk behind your back, it only means you’re two steps ahead!
Fannie Flagg
Author, actress

They will say you are on the wrong road, if it is your own.
Antonio Porchia

Even the lion has to defend himself against flies.
German Proverb

Do what you feel in your heart to be right. You’ll be criticized anyway.
Eleanor Roosevelt
U.S. First Lady

To be great is to be misunderstood.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Philosopher, essayist and poet

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