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Quotations The 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 praise quotes from that same writer.

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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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Praise invariably implies a reference to a higher standard. Aristotle

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Praise makes good people better and bad people worse.

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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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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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Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition.

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

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

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If you treat an individual... as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

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

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

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The best way to get praise is to die.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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When we disclaim praise, it is only showing our desire to be praised a second time. François de La Rochefoucauld

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

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Their silence is praise enough. Terence

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

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

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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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The real satisfaction which praise can afford, is when what is repeated aloud agrees with the whispers of conscience, by showing us that we have not endeavored to deserve well in vain. Samuel Johnson

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

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Among the smaller duties of life I hardly know any one more important than that of not praising where praise is not due. Sydney Smith

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A heap of epithets is poor praise: the praise lies in the facts, and in the way of telling them. Jean de La Bruyère

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People blame themselves for the purpose of being praised.

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I like to hear a man talk about himself because then I never hear anything, but good. Will Rogers

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When I was praised I lost my time, for instantly I turned around to look at the work I had thought slightly of, and that day I made nothing new. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Get someone else to blow your horn and the sound will carry twice as far. Will Rogers

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A man is never more serious than when he praise himself. Georg Christoph Lichtenberg