Praise quotes

I do believe in praising that which deserves to be praised.

- Smith, Dean

HOMICIDE, n. The slaying of one human being by another. There are four kinds of homocide: felonious, excusable, justifiable, and praiseworthy, but it makes no great difference to the person slain whether he fell by one kind or another -- the classification is for advantage of the lawyers.

- Ambrose Bierce

When I was young I had an elderly friend who used often to ask me to stay with him in the country. He was a religious man and he read prayers to the assembled household every morning. But he had crossed out in pencil all the passages that praised God. He said that there was nothing so vulgar as to praise people to their faces and, himself a gentleman, he could not believe that God was so ungentlemanly as to like it.

- W. Somerset Maugham

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

- Steele, Sir Richard

Of present fame think little, and of future less; the praises that we receive after we are buried, like the flowers that are strewed over our grave, may be gratifying to the living, but they are nothing to the dead.

- Colton, Charles Caleb

We praise a man who feels angry on the right grounds and against the right persons and also in the right manner at the right moment and for the right length of time.

- Aristotle

I love eulogies. They are the most moving kind of speech because they attempt to pluck meaning from the fog, and on short order, when the emotions are still ragged and raw and susceptible to leaps.

- Noonan, Peggy

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

- Virgil

To refuse praise reveals a desire to be praised twice over.

- François

Of all the gods, Death only craves not gifts: Nor sacrifice, nor yet drink-offering poured Avails; no altars hath he, nor is soothed By hymns of praise. From him alone of all The powers of heaven Persuasion holds aloof.

- Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.)

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

- Ash, Mary Kay

There are two way of establishing a reputation, one to be praised by honest people and the other to be accused by rogues. It is best, however, to secure the first one, because it will always be accompanied by the latter.

- Colton, Charles Caleb

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

- Wilcox, Ella Wheeler

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

- Ambrose Bierce

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.

- Johnson

Most of our censure of others is only oblique praise of self, uttered to show the wisdom and superiority of the speaker. It has all the invidiousness of self-praise, and all the ill-desert of falsehood.

- Edwards, Tryon

Praise undeserved, is satire in disguise.

- Pope, Alexander

The deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.

- J. R. R. Tolkien

Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement - and we will make the goal.

- Jerome P. Fleishman

It is no great thing to be humble when you are brought low; but to be humble when you are praised is a great and rare attainment.

- Saint Bernard

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