The small man flies into a rage over the slightest criticism, but the wise man is eager to learn from those who censure and reprove him.
— Dale Carnegie
Many times during auditions, I was told that I couldn’t carry a note with a bucket, and that I sure couldn’t play the piano.
— Ray Charles
Every truth passes through three stages before it is recognized. In the first it is ridiculed; in the second it is opposed; in the third it is regarded as self-evident.
— Arthur Schopenhauer
If I sought to answer all of the criticisms that cross my desk, my secretaries would be engaged in little else.
— Martin Luther King, Jr.
I wasn’t supposed to reach my dream of being a baseball player. If I had listened to all those people who muttered, “Good luck, kid,” when they heard me say when I was young that I wanted to be a Yankee, I would have given up a long time ago.
— Derek Jeter