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Best Quotes About Praise

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A list of the best praise quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous praise quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic praise quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational quotes from that same writer.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best quotes about praise?" and "What are inspirational praise quotes?"

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    Praise invariably implies a reference to a higher standard. Aristotle

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    One should use praise to recognize what one is not. Elias Canetti

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    By recognizing a favorable opinion of yourself, and taking pleasure in it, you in a measure give yourself and your peace of mind into the keeping of another, of whose attitude you can never be certain. You have a new source of doubt and apprehension. Charles Cooley

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    We are motivated by a keen desire for praise, and the better a man is the more he is inspired by glory. The very philosophers themselves, even in those books which they write in contempt of glory, inscribe their names. Cicero

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    Some natures are too good to be spoiled by praise. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    The only way to escape the personal corruption of praise is to go on working. Albert Einstein

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    The advantage of doing one's praising for oneself is that one can lay it on so thick and exactly in the right places.

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    A refusal of praise is a desire to be praised twice. François de La Rochefoucauld

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    How does it happen, Maecenas, that no one is content with that lot of which he has chosen or which chance has thrown his way, but praises those who follow a different course? Horace

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    A continual feast of commendation is only to be obtained by merit or by wealth: many are therefore obliged to content themselves with single morsels, and recompense the infrequency of their enjoyment by excess and riot, whenever fortune sets the banquet before them. Samuel Johnson

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    What every genuine philosopher (every genuine man, in fact) craves most is praise -- although the philosophers generally call it recognition! William James

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    Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A world of optimism and hope. A you can do it when things are tough. Richard DeVos

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    The act of divine worship is the inestimable privilege of man, the only created being who bows in humility and adoration. Hosea Ballou

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    How little praise warms out of a man the good that is in him, as the sneer of contempt which he feels is unjust chill the ardor to excel. Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

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    When someone does something good, applaud! You will make two people happy. Samuel Goldwyn

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    Sweet is the scene where genial friendship plays the pleasing game of interchanging praise.

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    Never praise a sister to a sister in the hope of your compliments reaching he proper ears. Rudyard Kipling

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    So long as you are praised think only that you are not yet on your own path but on that of another. Friedrich Nietzsche

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    Praising an honest person who doesn't deserve it, always wounds them. Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux

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    It is great happiness to be praised of them who are most praiseworthy. Philip Sidney

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    Praise makes good people better and bad people worse.

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    Fondly we think we honor merit then, When we but praise ourselves in other men. Alexander Pope

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    If you must strike a man from behind, slap hi on the back.

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    Eulogy. Praise of a person who has either the advantages of wealth and power, or the consideration to be dead. Ambrose Bierce

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    Let another praise you and not your own mouth, a stranger and not your own lips.

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    Praise is not seemly in the mouth of a sinner, for it was not sent him of the Lord. -- Ecclesiasticus 15:9

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    Admiration; is our polite recognition of another's resemblance to ourselves. Ambrose Bierce

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    To say, well done to any bit of good work is to take hold of the powers which have made the effort and strengthen them beyond our knowledge. Phillips Brooks

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    Attach yourself to those who advise you rather than praise you. Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux

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    The praise that comes from love does not make us vain, but more humble. J. M. Barrie

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    Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, Make me feel important. Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life. Mary Kay Ash

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    The meanest, most contemptible kind of praise is that which first speaks well of a man, and then qualifies it with a But. Henry Ward Beecher

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    There are two things people want more than sex and money... recognition and praise. Mary Kay Ash

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    new! Praise out of season, or tactlessly bestowed, can freeze the heart as much as blame. Pearl S. Buck

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    Applaud us when we run, Console us when we fall, Cheer us when we recover. Edmund Burke

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    No matter how busy you are, you must take time to make the other person feel important. Mary Kay Ash

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    Praise undeserved, is satire in disguise. Alexander Pope

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    Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition.

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    I have yet to find the man, however exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism. Charles M. Schwab

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    I'm a bit of a P. T. Barnum. I make stars out of everyone. Donald Trump

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    Praise from an enemy is the most pleasing of all commendations. Richard Steele

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    I know of no manner of speaking so offensive as that of giving praise, and closing it with an exception. Richard Steele

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    Admonish your friends privately, but praise them openly. Publilius Syrus

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    Their silence is praise enough. Terence

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    A pat on the back is only a few vertebrae removed from a kick in the pants, but is miles ahead in results. Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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    When life seems just a dreary grind; and things seem fated to annoy; say something nice to someone else and watch the world light up with joy.

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    Men sometimes feel injured by praise because it assigns a limit to their merit; few people are modest enough not to take offense that one appreciates them. Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues

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    I have believed the best of every man. And find that to believe is enough to make a bad man show him at his best, or even a good man swings his lantern higher. William Butler Yeats

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    Someone praising a man for his foolhardy bravery, Cato, the elder, said, There is a wide difference between true courage and a mere contempt of life. Plutarch

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