A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, criticism, thinking, judgment, achievement, understanding, and identity

Those who have chosen the path of least resistance in life, who cannot bear to bring themselves to make a stern value-judgment in criticism of their own most intimate feelings, achieve what they deserve:  not self-understanding but radical self-superficialization, not a discovered but a self-ascribed identity that explains nothing, reveals nothing, means nothing, and ultimately accomplishes nothing culturally or intellectually. 

Kenneth Smith

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A Quote by Sol Luckman on theory, literary theory, criticism, soul, literature, beginners luke, sol luckman, art, science, writing, writer, prose, fiction, knowledge, postmodernism, and novel

Theory does everything in its power to remove the living soul of literature, tear its heart out, make of the study of Art a hard-edged Science. Never mind that Art is as far removed from measurement as Science is from love. As writers confronting theory, it’s incumbent on us not to let our prose dry up in that desert, but to allow it to become a desert rose, our prose, flourishing in the heat and sands of what passes for knowledge.

Sol Luckman

Source: Beginner's Luke: Book I of the Beginner's Luke Series, Pages: 8

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A Quote by Sri Chinmoy on criticism, fault, and harmony

The problem with fault-finding
Is that he who finds fault with others
Is in no way a happy person
Even after he has successfully
Accomplished his task.

Sri Chinmoy

Source: Ten Thousand Flower-Flames, by Sri Chinmoy

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A Quote by Sri Chinmoy on happiness and criticism

Instead of telling the world
What it is supposed to do,
Why don’t you immediately do it yourself ?
In this way, I assure you,
Your happiness will be surprisingly multiplied.

Sri Chinmoy

Source: Ten Thousand Flower-Flames, by Sri Chinmoy

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A Quote by Theodore Roosevelt on president, criticism, patriotism, and morality

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."

Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919)

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A Quote by Sri Chinmoy on criticism and toleration

Each time we think of anothers imperfections
We must feel most sincerely
That we are misusing and losing
The most precious life-breath
Of our God-Realisation dream.

Sri Chinmoy

Source: Twenty-Seven Thousand Aspiration-Plants, by Sri Chinmoy

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A Quote by Sylvia Boorstein on criticism, hearing criticsm, and suffering

Shantideva, a sixth-century Buddhist commentator, addressed the challenge of hearing criticism in Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life. He asks, "Suppose someone disparages your 'good name'?" What I had inferred from my friend's relayed message about the overheard conversation was that "Sylvia isn't doing the right thing" or "Sylvia is making a mistake." If I had followed Shantideva's advice, I would have reflectied, "Is that person correct? If her criticism isn't valid, there is a problem."

Either way it need not have been a problem and need not have caused suffering. What that person said was, after all, just an idea, something to think about. I should have remembered the second Noble Turth of the Buddha, the explanation of suffering as the extra tension in the mind in response to challenge, the tension of greed or aversion rathe rthat the simplicity of clear, wise response. If my mind had not reacted with flurry to what it perceived as a challenge, the remark would have been a nonevent.

Sylvia Boorstein

Source: That's Funny, You Don't Look Buddhist: On Being a Faithful Jew and a Passionate Buddhist, Pages: 25-26

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A Quote by Ken Wilber on criticism, ken wilber, shadow, projecting, controlling, never met me, borderline psychotic, borderline, ad hominen, and ad hominem

Shambhala:  [Laughing]  Actually, the most common ad hominen criticism as of late is that you are a very controlling person.  You have tried to build a huge and encompassing system because psychologically you want to control everything and everybody.

KW:  Yes, I've heard that, but only from critics who have never met me, which suggests to me that these critics are simply projecting their own shadow onto me.  Because the people who know me don't say that I am competitive or controlling.

Shambhala:  What do they say that you are?

KW:  Borderline psychotic.

Ken Wilber


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A Quote by David Deida on man, love, superior, intimacy, criticism, and heart

You are not only a man, you are a superior man: a man who does his best to live as love in the world and in his intimacy, a man whose heart remains open and whose truth remains strong...

David Deida

Source: The Way Of The Superior Man: A Spiritual Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Woman, Work, and Sexual Desire, Pages: 54

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A Quote by Franklin Delano Roosevelt on criticism and heart

Do what you feel in your heart to be right - for you'll be criticized anyway.

Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882 - 1945)

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