(CNN) – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave some insight Thursday into how she deals with her critics–some of whom, she added, aren't all that bad.
Speaking at an event about women and girls, Clinton said "it's important to learn how to take criticism seriously, but not personally."
"And to do that you have to be willing to hear what others who are your critics are saying and to evaluate where they're coming from," she continued.
Clinton made her remarks during a New York forum with her daughter, Chelsea, and Melinda Gates.
While it's easy to dismiss criticism, she argued, there are some people who offer constructive advice.
"I mean, there's that old saying, 'Your critics can be your best friends,' if you listen to them and learn from them," she said. "But don't get dragged down by them."
Her comments come as she's considering another presidential bid, a decision that would almost certainly bring heavy waves of criticism from an already-forming opposition that wants to stop her from running.
Clinton reiterated that the best advice she's ever heard came from Eleanor Roosevelt in the 1920s, who said women in politics "should grow skin like a rhinoceros."
"I think there's some truth to that," she added.
Clinton has frequently invoked Roosevelt in the past. She's drawn some heat for joking she had imaginary conversations with the former first lady during difficult times–a mental exercise she wrote about writing in her 2003 memoir, Living History.
Thursday's event marked the launch of a new partnership between the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.