This world could use a shortage of critics.  There are far too many of them finding everything wrong with everything.

What are the motives of the people who criticize art and artists?  By art, I not only mean drawing and painting, but all creative art with artists being actors, artists, dancers, singers, and writers, etc.  The critics do not act, paint, dance, sing, and write, but they find fault with those who do.  Are critics afraid of failing?  Do critics criticize to feel superior to artists who dare to feel the fear and make art anyway?


“Why did the critic cross the road?”


“To find something wrong with the chicken on the other side.”


“How many critics does it take to change a light bulb?”

“How many?”

“Two.  One critic to change the bulb, and the other to find fault with how it is done?”


“Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” 

                                           – Aristotle


“Knock.  Knock”

“Who’s there?”

“A critic.”

“A critic who?”

“Never mind who!  Just open the door so I can find something wrong.”


A critic walked into a bar, and the bartender said, “What will it be?”

And the critic said, “I am starting to feel positive.  Have you got anything that will make me feel negative?”

“I sure do,” said the bartender.  He left and then returned with a hand-held mirror.


“Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember, the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you.”

                           – Zig Ziglar


“Why did the chicken cross the road?”


“To get away from a critic.”


Poet Walt Whitman calls critics “howlers.”  What a great name for them!


“We must get used to the howlers—there’s enough to do, not to busy with their demonstrations.  Settle your case with yourself—then go ahead—the howl, the rest, what-not, won’t hurt.”

                                       – Walt Whitman

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