„No iconoclast can possibly escape the severest criticism.“
„The passive idler of all men in the world is the most difficult to please. Those who do the least themselves are always the severest critics upon the noble achievements of others.“
— Elias Lyman Magoon American minister 1810 - 1886
Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 345.
— Thomas Gray English poet, historian 1716 - 1771
Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College http://www.thomasgray.org/cgi-bin/display.cgi?text=odec (written 1742–1750), St. 8
— Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States 1809 - 1865
1860s, Veto message, eventually not executed, written as a response to the Second Confiscation Act passed by Congress. (17 July 1862) The Emancipation Proclamation, by John Hope Franklin, Doubleday Anchor Books, New York, NY, 1963, p. 19
— Alice Moore Hubbard American activist 1861 - 1915
An American Bible (1912), Context: Robert Ingersoll was humorist, iconoclast and lover of humanity. It is said that the difference between man and the lower animals is that man has the ability to laugh. When you laugh you relax, and when you relax you give freedom to muscles, nerves and brain-cells. Man seldom has use of his reason when his brain is tense. The sense of humor makes a condition where reason can act. Ingersoll knew that he must make his appeal to man's brain. Introduction.
„It is not possible to escape from the results of the irruption of faith into the structures of our knowledge.“
— Jacques Maritain French philosopher 1882 - 1973
Science and Wisdom (1954), p. 109.
„Hiding places there are innumerable, escape is only one, but possibilities for escape, again, are as many as hiding places. There is a goal, but no way; what we call a way is hesitation.“
— Franz Kafka author 1883 - 1924
The Zürau Aphorisms (1917 - 1918), 27
„No critic, not even a topical analyst, can escape seeing the musical past from a present perspective. But…the common-language approach of the topical-analyst critics permits a separation between present sensibility and the general sensibilities of the late eighteenth century, allowing for an ever-evolving dialogue between the vanished past and the evanescent present.“
— Harold Powers American academic 1928 - 2007
Harold Powers, "Reading Mozart's Music", p.43.
— John Carroll Australian professor and author 1944
Break-Out from the Crystal Palace (1974), p. 152
„In contrast to the pride of those who deny their guilt to escape self-criticism is the humility of God, who made a world which added not to His glory and then made man to criticize Him.“
— Fulton J. Sheen Catholic bishop and television presenter 1895 - 1979
Peace of Soul (1949), Ch. 5, p. 85
„I will, in the name of humanity which is outraged, in the name of liberty which is fettered, in the name of the constitution and the Bible, which are disregarded and trampled upon, dare to call in question and to denounce, with all the emphasis I can command, everything that serves to perpetuate slavery — the great sin and shame of America! "I will not equivocate; I will not excuse;" I will use the severest language I can command; and yet not one word shall escape me that any man, whose judgement is not blinded by prejudice, or who is not at heart a slaveholder, shall not confess to be right and just.“
— Frederick Douglass American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman 1818 - 1895
1850s, What to the Slave is the Fourth of July? (1852), Context: I shall see, this day, and its popular characteristics, from the slave's point of view. Standing, there, identified with the American bondman, making his wrongs mine, I do not hesitate to declare, with all my soul, that the character and conduct of this nation never looked blacker to me than on this 4th of July! Whether we turn to the declarations of the past, or to the professions of the present, the conduct of the nation seems equally hideous and revolting. America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future. Standing with God and the crushed and bleeding slave on this occasion, I will, in the name of humanity which is outraged, in the name of liberty which is fettered, in the name of the constitution and the Bible, which are disregarded and trampled upon, dare to call in question and to denounce, with all the emphasis I can command, everything that serves to perpetuate slavery — the great sin and shame of America! "I will not equivocate; I will not excuse;" I will use the severest language I can command; and yet not one word shall escape me that any man, whose judgement is not blinded by prejudice, or who is not at heart a slaveholder, shall not confess to be right and just. Douglass here quotes William Lloyd Garrison, who famously declared in the first issue of The Liberator: "I am in earnest — I will not equivocate — I will not excuse — I will not retreat a single inch — AND I WILL BE HEARD."
„I can also tell you on the Internet in China, you can have access to a lot of postings that are quite critical about the government. It is exactly through reading these critical opinions on the Internet that we try to locate problems and further improve our work. I don't think a system or a government should fear critical opinions or views. Only by heeding those critical views would it be possible for us to further improve our work and make further progress. I frequently browse the Internet to learn about a situation.“
— Wen Jiabao former Premier of the People's Republic of China 1942
Wen Jiabao (2008) cited in: Transcript of interview with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, 28 September 2008, CNN http://edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/09/29/chinese.premier.transcript/index.html,