Praise quotes

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

- Bible

I do not speak of what I cannot praise.

- Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von

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

- Holmes, Oliver Wendell

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

Let America first praise mediocrity even, in her children, before she praises... the best excellence in the children of any other land.

- Melville, Herman

Of all the ways of acquiring books, writing them oneself is regarded as the most praiseworthy method. Writers are really people who write books not because they are poor, but because they are dissatisfied with the books which they could buy but do not like.

- Benjamin, Walter

That's one thing I like about Hollywood. The writer is there revealed in his ultimate corruption. He asks no praise, because his praise comes to him in the form of a salary check. In Hollywood the average writer is not young, not honest, not brave, and a bit overdressed. But he is darn good company, which book writers as a rule are not. He is better than what he writes. Most book writers are not as good.

- Chandler, Raymond

There is no belittling worse than to over praise a man.

- Felltham, Owen

Their silence is praise enough.

- Terence

Their silence is sufficient praise.

- Terence

Few persons have sufficient wisdom to prefer censure, which is useful, to praise which deceives them.

- La Rochefoucauld, Francois De

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

- Sidney, Sir Philip

He who praises everybody, praises nobody.

- Johnson, Samuel

Undeserved praise causes more pangs of conscience later than undeserved blame, but probably only for this reason, that our power of judgment are more completely exposed by being over praised than by being unjustly underestimated.

- Friedrich Nietzsche

One should use praise to recognize what one is not.

- Canetti, Elias

It is a sign of a creeping inner death when we no longer can praise the living.

- Eric Hoffer

Praising an honest person who doesn't deserve it, always wounds them.

- Boileau, Nicholas

Admonish thy friends in secret, praise them openly.

- Publilius Syrus

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

SATIRE, n. An obsolete kind of literary composition in which the vices and follies of the author's enemies were expounded with imperfect tenderness. In this country satire never had more than a sickly and uncertain existence, for the soul of it is wit, wherein we are dolefully deficient, the humor that we mistake for it, like all humor, being tolerant and sympathetic. Moreover, although Americans are "endowed by their Creator" with abundant vice and folly, it is not generally known that these are reprehensible qualities, wherefore the satirist is popularly regarded as a soul-spirited knave, and his ever victim's outcry for codefendants evokes a national assent. Hail Satire! be thy praises ever sung In the dead language of a mummy's tongue, For thou thyself art dead, and damned as well -- Thy spirit (usefully employed) in Hell. Had it been such as consecrates the Bible Thou hadst not perished by the law of libel. Barney Stims

- Ambrose Bierce

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