Successes are an answer to all criticism


Reflecting on the Mexican-American War in general and the taking of the City of Mexico in particular, Ulysses S. Grant -- who was not in command of the army -- mused about he might have done things differently than General Scott. Then Grant offers this piece of wisdom:

But my later experience has taught me two lessons: first, that things are seen plainer after the events have occurred; second, that the most confident critics are generally those who know the least about the matter criticised....But General Scott’s successes are an answer to all criticism.
— Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant. p. 113.

God tells us that "good sense is a fountain of life to him who has it" (Proverbs 16:22). The future president recognized that good sense reserves judgement, handles critics wisely, and lets success do the talking. Lord, give me that good sense today.