Quotes and Sayings about Compliment
"I don't take compliments so well. I always hang my head and shuffle and kind of try to immediately forget."
- Laurie Anderson
(Related: Compliments, Forget)
"There never was a woman who did not prefer an oblique compliment to a straight truth - if the latter were unflattering."
- Minna Antrim
(Related: Truth, Compliment, Woman)
"I've been sampled so much and I'm glad it's happened, it's a great compliment."
- Roy Ayers
"Our two biggest rivals had adjusted their whole season to this one aim of beating us. Of course, it is a big compliment that they were so motivated to stop us but it was very tough to face two matches like that so close together. Suddenly three trophies are down to one."
- Dennis Bergkamp
"So when they come around and say they want to do our stuff in America, it's compliment really."
- Sean Booth
(Related: America, Compliment, Want)
"It is a great compliment to go out and be recognized. Although, because I basically go home and go to work, there isn't much opportunity for that kind of thing to happen."
- Lara Flynn Boyle
(Related: Home, Work, Opportunity, Compliment)
"Being taken for granted can be a compliment. It means that you've become a comfortable, trusted element in another person's life."
- Joyce Brothers
(Related: Life, Being, Compliment)
"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around."
- Leo Buscaglia
(Related: Life, Power, Act, Caring, Compliment, Listening, Potential, Smile, Word)
"Lying has a kind of respect and reverence with it. We pay a person the compliment of acknowledging his superiority whenever we lie to him."
- Samuel Butler
(Related: Lie, Superiority, Compliment, Lying, Respect)
"Good, bad mediocre or whatever it is, if a director wants me in his movie, I take it as a compliment."
- Scott Caan
"The problems come when your personal life and relationships come under scrutiny in the press and often very uncomplimentary things are printed about you."
- Helena Bonham Carter
(Related: Life, Press, Problems, Relationships)
"I'm very happy to hear that my work inspires writers and painters. It's the most beautiful compliment, the greatest reward. Art should always be an exchange."
- Nick Cave
(Related: Art, Work, Compliment, Reward, Writers)
"The rich are always advising the poor, but the poor seldom return the compliment."
- Lord Chesterfield
(Related: Compliment, Poor)
"As a horn player, the greatest compliment one can get is when a person comes to you and says, 'I heard this saxophone on the radio the other day and I knew it was you. I don't know the song, but I know it was you on sax.'"
- Clarence Clemons
(Related: Compliment, Day, Song)
"I am not accustomed to pay fulsome compliments to the English, by telling them that they are superior to all the world; but this I can say, that they do not deserve the name of cowards."
- Richard Cobden
(Related: Compliments, Cowards, English, Name, World)
"The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions - the little, soon forgotten charities of a kiss or a smile, a kind look or heartfelt compliment."
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
(Related: Happiness, Life, Kiss, Compliment, Smile)
"The best compliment to a child or a friend is the feeling you give him that he has been set free to make his own inquiries, to come to conclusions that are right for him, whether or not they coincide with your own."
- Alistair Cooke
(Related: Friend, Compliment, Feeling, Right)
"We are prepared for insults, but compliments leave us baffled."
- Mason Cooley
(Related: Compliments, Insults)
"You know, somebody actually complimented me on my driving today. They left a little note on the windscreen, it said 'Parking Fine.'"
- Tommy Cooper
(Related: Driving, Today)
"I think it's his perception of knowing how to make a record build, keeping the integrity of the song in the music and really adding a lot of musical elements to compliment my voice and to compliment the song."
- Deborah Cox
(Related: Music, Perception, Compliment, Integrity, Song, Voice)
"The letters were universally complimentary, and we designers loved hearing that our games were being enjoyed, but if they weren't sending us a picture of their screens most of those writers would have spent their time playing the game rather than writing letters."
- David Crane
(Related: Time, Being, Games, Hearing, Letters, Writers, Writing)
"I think any band we played with would be a weird match. We're on our own, a little out there, but it's a good thing. I think we're complimentary to each other."
- Jon Crosby
"I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure - that is all that agnosticism means."
- Clarence Darrow
(Related: Men, Compliment, Insult)
"A girl's got to do what she's got to do to make somebody pay her a compliment. If that means moaning 'til the cows come home, then so be it."
- Cat Deeley
(Related: Home, Compliment, Cows)
"Although a skillful flatterer is a most delightful companion if you have him all to yourself, his taste becomes very doubtful when he takes to complimenting other people."
- Charles Dickens
(Related: People, Taste)
"I like to have my hand on every single plate that goes out. It's really a good feeling when someone compliments your meal, and you had everything to do with making it. It's very rewarding."
- Bill Dickey
(Related: Compliments, Feeling)
"The fact of the matter is that everybody treats me pretty much as one of the boys, which I take as a great compliment."
- Julia Louis Dreyfus
(Related: Boys, Compliment, Fact, Pretty)
"I never considered myself a songwriter, but now since I've been working with Nick Lowe, I am contributing to an extent. But I'm the guitarist and he's not, so we compliment each other in a way."
- Dave Edmunds
(Related: Compliment, Now)
"No compliment can be eloquent, except as an expression of indifference."
- George Eliot
(Related: Compliment, Expression, Indifference)
"I know from the middle distance I give off the look of being prolific, which is a funny compliment to receive."
- Joseph Epstein
(Related: Funny, Being, Compliment)
"Next to a sincere compliment, I think I like a well-deserved and honest rebuke."
- William Feather
"I want to give my compliments to Australia. Ever since your government paid a few million dollars for a Jackson Pollack painting, I figure that it must be a marvellous country."
- Morton Feldman
(Related: Government, Compliments, Country, Painting, Want)
"The world have payed too great a compliment to critics, and have imagined them men of much greater profundity than they really are."
- Henry Fielding
(Related: Men, Compliment, World)
"Now, in reality, the world have paid too great a compliment to critics, and have imagined them to be men of much greater profundity then they really are."
- Henry Fielding
(Related: Men, Compliment, Now, Reality, World)
"Actually, I take it as a compliment. Diva is a derivative of divine. That's quite a title to carry around."
- Calista Flockhart
"If something is successful with the audience, it's automatically suspect; the reverse is to say that not to reach audiences is the greatest compliment an artist can receive!"
- Carlisle Floyd
(Related: Successful, Artist, Audiences, Compliment)
"Compliments cost nothing, yet many pay dear for them."
- Thomas Fuller
(Related: Compliments, Nothing)
"Nothing is so silly as the expression of a man who is being complimented."
- Andre Gide
(Related: Being, Expression, Man, Nothing, Silly)
"There are so many questions to be answered and so many personal compliments that we appreciate so very much."
- Eydie Gorme
(Related: Compliments, Questions)
"The highest compliment that you can pay me is to say that I work hard every day, that I never dog it."
- Wayne Gretzky
(Related: Work, Compliment, Day)
"The best compliment I ever had is, one day I was in Nashville, some disc jockey said, Hey, that sounds like a Tom T. Hall song. Up until then there hadn't been any such thing."
- Tom T. Hall
(Related: Compliment, Day, Song)
"I wish my name was Brian because maybe sometimes people would misspell my name and call me Brain. That's like a free compliment and you don't even gotta be smart to notice it."
- Mitch Hedberg
(Related: People, Compliment, Name)
"For me, it's a compliment to be compared with Marilyn, the unforgettable actress, the most beautiful one of all. But, curves aside, we have very little in common."
- Eva Herzigova
"A woman will doubt everything you say except it be compliments to herself."
- Elbert Hubbard
(Related: Compliments, Doubt, Will, Woman)
"Whenever a man's friends begin to compliment him about looking young, he may be sure that they think he is growing old."
- Victor Hugo
(Related: Compliment, Friends, Man, May, Old)
"A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil."
- Victor Hugo
(Related: Kiss, Compliment)
"I make it a rule always to believe compliments implicitly for five minutes, and to simmer gently for twenty more."
- Alice James
"By taking a second wife he pays the highest compliment to the first, by showing that she made him so happy as a married man, that he wishes to be so a second time."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Time, Wife, Compliment, First, Man, Wishes)
"I'm really thankful and complimented when people come to me and say, thank you for the great times for all these years. But I don't think about it as being a leader."
- Bill Kreutzmann
(Related: Leader, People, Being, Years)
"When I got finished, Gershwin paid me the ultimate compliment. He said, 'Boy, even I couldn't do that.'"
- Burton Lane
"Well, I think every now and again, some people deserve to get their butts chewed. Every now and again some people deserve a pat on the back. What I try and do is compliment folk who deserve a compliment, and chew folks out who deserve to be chewed out."
- Judge Mills Lane
(Related: People, Compliment, Folk, Now)
"As an actor, the biggest compliment you can get, in my book is for someone to believe that you're the character."
- Matt LeBlanc
(Related: Character, Actor, Compliment)
"He saw us play a few times in fact. I did this song called I Can't Keep From Crying Sometimes, and Jimi loved it. He paid me a huge compliment when he told me that he was thinking of doing something similar himself!"
- Alvin Lee
(Related: Compliment, Fact, Play, Song, Thinking)
"Yes, I am complimented on my work in Kids in the Hall once or twice a week. It's a nice feeling."
- Thomas Lennon
(Related: Work, Feeling, Kids)
"Most people compliment me on maintaining my femininity while I'm on the court. People like the fact that I model. My fans or little girls always say they want to play sports, but also want to be a model like me and I think that's great."
- Lisa Leslie
(Related: Sports, People, Compliment, Court, Fact, Fans, Femininity, Girls, Play, Want)
"Everybody likes a compliment."
- Abraham Lincoln
"The private citizen, beset by partisan appeals for the loan of his Public Opinion, will soon see, perhaps, that these appeals are not a compliment to his intelligence, but an imposition on his good nature and an insult to his sense of evidence."
- Walter Lippmann
(Related: Nature, Intelligence, Compliment, Insult, Opinion, Public, Public opinion, Sense, Will)
"I never get tired of hearing compliments."
- John Lithgow
(Related: Compliments, Hearing)
"I refuse the compliment that I think like a man, thought has no sex, one either thinks or one does not."
- Clare Boothe Luce
(Related: Sex, Thought, Compliment, Man)
"To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved."
- George MacDonald
(Related: Being, Compliment)
"To be hated cordially, is only a left-handed compliment."
- Herman Melville
"I am not always happy with the compliments Estonia has received."
- Lennart Meri
"At the conclusion of my argument I received very high compliments from the Chief Justice and later from other of the Judges. What they said I do not care to repeat."
- William Henry Moody
(Related: Argument, Care, Compliments, Judges, Justice)
"Players very widely disagree with me about what's hard and what's easy. and in a way, 'I won, but it was a fight' is the best compliment a game can receive."
- Graham Nelson
(Related: Compliment, Fight)
"I want to compliment The Heritage Foundation for its work on behalf of a strong national defense."
- Don Nickles
(Related: Work, Compliment, Defense, Want)
"Candor is a compliment; it implies equality. It's how true friends talk."
- Peggy Noonan
(Related: Equality, Candor, Compliment, Friends, Talk)
"I don't believe in trouble. Because I think that trouble is sometimes good, sometimes bad. I've been known to be called trouble, which I think is quite a compliment. But I suppose, thinking about it, that my best and worst trouble has always had something to do with a man."
- Beth Orton
(Related: Compliment, Man, Thinking, Trouble)
"Being compared to Ian Thorpe, that could be one of the greatest compliments you could ever get in swimming - being compared to him and Mark Spitz."
- Michael Phelps
(Related: Being, Compliments)
"It's nice that people want to compliment you in some superficial way, but I've never considered that that's how I might be categorized. I guess it's better than being called ugly."
- Ryan Phillippe
(Related: People, Being, Compliment, Ugly, Want)
"The biggest compliment to me is that guys really approach me and they have a connection with me, so there must be something I'm doing that is authentic, otherwise they wouldn't connect with me so strongly. It's a real compliment."
- Jeremy Piven
(Related: Compliment, Connection)
"I much prefer a compliment, even if insincere, to sincere criticism."
- Titus Maccius Plautus
(Related: Compliment, Criticism)
"To be compared to Jackie Robinson is an enormous compliment, but I don't think it's necessarily deserved."
- Sidney Poitier
"Abstract painting is abstract. It confronts you. There was a reviewer a while back who wrote that my pictures didn't have any beginning or any end. He didn't mean it as a compliment, but it was."
- Jackson Pollock
(Related: Beginning, Compliment, End, Painting)
"Women are so much in love with compliments that rather than want them, they will compliment one another, yet mean no more by it than the men do."
- Samuel Richardson
(Related: Love, Men, Women, Compliment, Compliments, Want, Will)
"There are only three things women need in life: food, water, and compliments."
- Chris Rock
(Related: Women, Food, Compliments, Water)
"Truth is simply a compliment paid to sentences seen to be paying their way."
- Richard Rorty
(Related: Truth, Compliment)
"When a man spends his time giving his wife criticism and advice instead of compliments, he forgets that it was not his good judgment, but his charming manners, that won her heart."
- Helen Rowland
(Related: Time, Wife, Heart, Advice, Compliments, Criticism, Giving, Judgment, Man, Manners)
"When a man makes a woman his wife, it's the highest compliment he can pay her, and it's usually the last."
- Helen Rowland
(Related: Wife, Compliment, Man, Woman)
"Neither sex, without some fertilization of the complimentary characters of the other, is capable of the highest reaches of human endeavor."
- Jean-Paul Sartre
"They showed this one beautiful picture of me recently and they had all the things that I had done. I thought it was a great compliment for everybody to think I've had plastic surgery."
- Cybill Shepherd
(Related: Thought, Compliment)
"Just being hired by a great director is complimentary."
- Tom Skerritt
"It was the nearest to a casualty on the Spray in her whole course, so far as I know. The young man having come on board with compliments made the mishap most embarrassing."
- Joshua Slocum
(Related: Compliments, Man)
"In fact, people have been very complimentary about my act and very tolerant of my singing ability."
- Brett Somers
(Related: People, Ability, Act, Fact, Singing)
"I've received a lot of compliments. People come right up to me on the street. They recognize me."
- Harry Dean Stanton
(Related: People, Compliments, Right)
"And if people come up and say they like the movies you're in, it's a great compliment."
- Jason Statham
(Related: Movies, People, Compliment)
"In all unmerciful actions, the worst of men pay this compliment at least to humanity, as to endeavour to wear as much of the appearance of it, as the case will well let them."
- Laurence Sterne
(Related: Men, Actions, Appearance, Compliment, Humanity, Will)
"It's been amazing to watch, because for 'Thor', which was always a mid-selling book, to be in the top ten for every single issue since the reboot is just a great compliment."
- J. Michael Straczynski
"I can take criticisms but not compliments."
- James Taylor
"I don't take compliments very easily. I think most musicians suffer from low self-esteem to some extent."
- James Taylor
(Related: Compliments, Musicians, Self)
"We were told our campaign wasn't sufficiently slick. We regard that as a compliment."
- Margaret Thatcher
"The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer."
- Henry David Thoreau
(Related: Thought, Compliment)
"I really lack the words to compliment myself today."
- Alberto Tomba
(Related: Compliment, Today, Words)
"I can live for two months on a good compliment."
- Mark Twain
(Related: Compliment, Months)
"I have been complimented many times and they always embarrass me; I always feel that they have not said enough."
- Mark Twain
"If my clothing does stand out, then I guess it's a compliment, but I just wear whatever feels comfortable."
- Shania Twain
"When envoys are sent with compliments in their mouths, it is a sign that the enemy wishes for a truce."
- Sun Tzu
(Related: Compliments, Enemy, Wishes)
"If people did not compliment one another there would be little society."
- Marquis De Vauvenargues
(Related: Society, People, Compliment)
"You know, somebody actually complimented me on my driving today. They left a little note on the windscreen, it said 'Parking Fine.' So that was nice."
- Tim Vine
(Related: Driving, Today)
"The flowery style is not unsuitable to public speeches or addresses, which amount only to compliment. The lighter beauties are in their place when there is nothing more solid to say; but the flowery style ought to be banished from a pleading, a sermon, or a didactic work."
(Related: Work, Compliment, Nothing, Public, Style)
"Anytime anybody impersonates you, it's a great compliment."
- Robert Wagner
"Nothing is more effective than sincere, accurate praise, and nothing is more lame than a cookie-cutter compliment."
- Bill Walsh
(Related: Compliment, Nothing, Praise)
"The big compliment came from the beer drinkers who didn't know me. They wouldn't drink or move when I sang. If they had their glasses in mid-air, the glasses wouldn't come down."
- Ethel Waters
(Related: Beer, Compliment)
"Women are never disarmed by compliments. Men always are. That is the difference between the sexes."
- Oscar Wilde
(Related: Men, Women, Compliments, Difference, Sexes)
"If you can find collaborators whose strengths compliment your own, the result can be more than the sum of its authors."
- Walter Jon Williams
(Related: Compliment, Result)
"You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments, or publicity."
- Thomas Wolfe
(Related: Success, Money, Compliments, Publicity)