Sir, as a man advances in life, he gets what is better than admiration, — judgement, to estimate things at their true value."
- Samuel Johnson, reported in James Boswell: "The Life of Samuel Johnson" (1791)
My own ideas on the issue:
In the world of ideas, the hardest part can be to convince yourself that you have contributed something worthwhile. However, before you can convince yourself, you will have a hard time convincing anybody else. We just are extremely dependent of the judgment of others. However, with age the dependence on the acceptance of others may diminish, even if all people do not undergo this kind of change.
The big thing is to understand that you can never please everybody. Sometimes the ire of people who dogmatically oppose your ideas can be the best confirmation of their validity.
However, we are just humans. The idea that all people cannot ever accept our ideas is difficult to implement in practice, even if we can well understand it in theory. Criticism will always hurt. This is true even if we can understand on a rational level from where it is coming fro.
(This piece was refurbished on 31th of October, 2012)
"Samuel Johnson (18 September 1709 [O.S. 7 September] – 13 December 1784), often referred to as Dr Johnson, was an English author who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer. Johnson has been described as "arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history". He is also the subject of "the most famous single work of biographical art in the whole of literature": James Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson."