It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena . . . (Theodore Roosevelt, 26th president of the United States)
It’s always easy to criticize the faults—whether real or perceived—of others in public view. We’d likely agree with Roosevelt’s statement, but we’d probably have to acknowledge that we do make such judgments sometimes. Critics are many, but it’s the performer who should be appreciated even when what he does isn’t perfect.
Better to be criticized by a wise person than to be praised by a fool. (Ecclesiastes 7:5)