Even those who accomplish great things and receive great recognition also have to endure harsh criticism.  The Book of Poisonous Quotes by Colin Jarman records the following assessments:  Tchaikovsky said of Handel, “Handel is only fourth rate.  He is not even interesting.”  Anthony Trollop said of Charles Dickens, “Of Dickens’ style it is impossible to speak praise.”  El Greco said of Michelangelo, “He was a good man but he did not know how to paint.”  If these artists listened to their critics, the world would be a poorer place.

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J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.