Praise quotes
People who use their erudition to write for a learned minority... don't seem to me favored by fortune but rather to be pitied for their continuous self-torture. They add, change, remove, lay aside, take up, rephrase, show to their friends, keep for nine years and are never satisfied. And their futile reward, a word of praise from a handful of people, they win at such a cost -- so many late nights, such loss of sleep, sweetest of all things, and so much sweat and anguish... their health deteriorates, their looks are destroyed, they suffer partial or total blindness, poverty, ill-will, denial of pleasure, premature old age and early death.

- Erasmus, Desiderius
REVOLUTION, n. In politics, an abrupt change in the form of misgovernment. Specifically, in American history, the substitution of the rule of an Administration for that of a Ministry, whereby the welfare and happiness of the people were advanced a full half-inch. Revolutions are usually accompanied by a considerable effusion of blood, but are accounted worth it -- this appraisement being made by beneficiaries whose blood had not the mischance to be shed. The French revolution is of incalculable value to the Socialist of to-day; when he pulls the string actuating its bones its gestures are inexpressibly terrifying to gory tyrants suspected of fomenting law and order.

- Ambrose Bierce
But this I know; the writer who possesses the creative gift owns something of which he is not always master -- something that at times strangely wills and works for itself. If the result be attractive, the World will praise you, who little deserve praise; if it be repulsive, the same World will blame you, who almost as little deserve blame.

- Bronte, Charlotte
A refusal of praise is a desire to be praised twice.

- La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
The deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.

- J. R. R. Tolkien
I do not speak of what I cannot praise.

- Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
The praise of ancient authors proceeds not from the reverence of the dead, but from the competition and mutual envy of the living.

- Hobbes, Thomas
ABILITY, n. The natural equipment to accomplish some small part of the meaner ambitions distinguishing able men from dead ones. In the last analysis ability is commonly found to consist mainly in a high degree of solemnity. Perhaps, however, this impressive quality is rightly appraised; it is no easy task to be solemn.

- Ambrose Bierce
He who praises you for what you lack wishes to take from you what you have.

- Don Juan Manuel
Ridicule is generally made use of to laugh men out of virtue and good sense, by attacking everything praiseworthy in human life.

- Joseph Addison
Look to your health; and if you have it, praise God and value it next to conscience; for health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of, a blessing money can't buy.

- Izaak Walton
The simple act of playing positive attention to people has a great deal to do with productivity.

- Peters, Thomas J.
It is as hard to satirize well a man of distinguished vices, as to praise well a man of distinguished virtues.

- Swift, Jonathan
A man is known by the books he reads, by the company he keeps, by the praise he gives, by his dress, by his tastes, by his distastes, by the stories he tells, by his gait, by the notion of his eye, by the look of his house, of his chamber; for nothing on earth is solitary but every thing hath affinities infinite.

- Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Their silence is praise enough.

- Terence
EULOGY, n. Praise of a person who has either the advantages of wealth and power, or the consideration to be dead.

- Ambrose Bierce
It takes so little to make people happy. Just a touch, If we know how to give it, just a word fitly spoken, a slight readjustment of some bolt or pin or bearing in the delicate machinery of a soul.

- Crane, Frank
Such is the love of praise, so great the anxiety for victory.

- Virgil
Sure of their qualities and demanding praise, more go to ruined fortunes than are raised.

- Pope, Alexander
I praise loudly, I blame softly.

- Catherine II of Russia

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