— Pablo Picasso Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer 1881 - 1973
„If you absolutely can't tolerate critics, then don't do anything new or interesting.“
What Amazon's Jeff Bezos thinks about Peter Thiel and Hulk Hogan vs. Gawker http://boingboing.net/2016/06/01/what-amazons-jeff-bezos-thin.html (BoingBoing) (dubbed "The Bezos Principle" by Walt Mossberg)
„If you can't do anything as good as or even better than what you have already done, then don't do it.“
— Edward German English musician and composer 1862 - 1936
In a letter to his sisters in 1927.
„I don't like to write like God. It is only because you never do it, though, that the critics think you can't do it.“
— Ernest Hemingway American author and journalist 1899 - 1961
Letter (26 August 1940); published in Ernest Hemingway: Selected Letters 1917–1961 (1981) edited by Carlos Baker
„I don't know anything, but I do know that everything is interesting if you go into it deeply enough.“
From Omni interview, "The Smartest Man in the World" (1979) p. 203
The Pleasure of Finding Things Out (1999)
„Scientology has always had a "fair-game doctrine"—a policy of doing absolutely anything to stop an investigation or publication of a critical article in a magazine or newspaper.“
— Ronald DeWolf American critic of Scientology 1934 - 1991
Interview in Penthouse (June 1983)
Context: Scientology has always had a "fair-game doctrine"—a policy of doing absolutely anything to stop an investigation or publication of a critical article in a magazine or newspaper. They have run some incredible operations on the several people who have tried to write books about Scientology. It was almost like a terror campaign. First they'd try throwing every possible lawsuit at the reporter or newspaper. We had a team of attorneys to do just that. The goal was to destroy the enemy. So the solution was always to attack, full-bore, with every possible resource, from every angle, instantaneously it can certainly be overwhelming. A guy would get slapped with twenty-seven lawsuits, and our lawyers would start depositioning absolutely anybody who ever knew the man, digging up dirt while at the same time putting together an operation that would get him into further trouble.
— Bill Maher American stand-up comedian 1956
„For it seems to me that you only pardon the sins that you don't really think sinful. You only forgive criminals when they commit what you don't regard as crimes, but rather as conventions. So you tolerate a conventional duel, just as you tolerate a conventional divorce. You forgive because there isn't anything to be forgiven.“
The Secret of Father Brown (1927) The Chief Mourner of Marne
The Father Brown Mystery Series (1910 - 1927)
— Blake Lewis American musician 1981
Commenting on his take of You Give Love a Bad Name by Bon Jovi in the Bon Jovi-themed week in his pre-performance clip on May 1, 2007.
Attributed, On American Idol
„It is an odd circumstance that neither the old nor the new, by itself, is interesting; the absolutely old is insipid; the absolutely new makes no appeal at all. The old in the new is what claims the attention,—the old with a slightly new turn.“
— William James American philosopher, psychologist, and pragmatist 1842 - 1910
Chapter XI: Attention http://books.google.com/books?id=U6ETAAAAYAAJ&q=%22It+is+an+odd+circumstance+that+neither+the+old+nor+the+new+by+itself+is+interesting+the+absolutely+old+is+insipid+the+absolutely+new+makes+no+appeal+at+all+The+old+in+the+new+is+what+claims+the+attention+the+old+with+a+slightly+new+turn%22&pg=PA108#v=onepage
1910s, Talks to Teachers on Psychology and to Students on Some of Life's Ideals (1911)
— James D. Watson American molecular biologist, geneticist, and zoologist. 1928
What I've Learned: James Watson (2007)
— Arthur Miller playwright from the United States 1915 - 2005
As quoted in "Arthur Miller, Moral Voice of American Stage, Dies at 89" by Marilyn Berger in The New York Times (11 February 2005)
„If you care about what you do and work hard at it, there isn't anything you can't do if you want to.“
— Jim Henson American puppeteer 1936 - 1990
Source: It's Not Easy Being Green: And Other Things to Consider
„Don't you understand?" snarled Rincewind. "We are going over the Edge, godsdammit!"
"Can't we do anything about it?"
"Then I can't see the sense in panicking," said Twoflower calmly.“
— Terry Pratchett English author 1948 - 2015
Source: The Color of Magic
„Something stopped me in school a little bit. Anything that I'm not interested in, I can't even feign interest.“
— Quentin Tarantino American film director, screenwriter, producer, and actor 1963