Quotes and Sayings about Praise



"If our countries had war the one with the other, that was no cause that he should put us to death; with which they were out of heart that their cruel pretense failed them. For which God be forever-more praised."
- Will Adams
(Related: War, God, Heart, Death, Cause, Countries)

"The chief ingredients in the composition of those qualities that gain esteem and praise, are good nature, truth, good sense, and good breeding."
- Joseph Addison
(Related: Nature, Truth, Breeding, Gain, Praise, Sense)

"Neither a life of anarchy nor one beneath a despot should you praise; to all that lies in the middle a god has given excellence."
- Aeschylus
(Related: Life, God, Anarchy, Excellence, Lies, Praise)

"Books that have become classics - books that have had their day and now get more praise than perusal - always remind me of retired colonels and majors and captains who, having reached the age limit, find themselves retired on half pay."
- Thomas Bailey Aldrich
(Related: Age, Books, Day, Now, Praise)

"The sad souls of those who lived without blame and without praise."
- Dante Alighieri
(Related: Blame, Praise)

"It will take a long time for women's effect on politics to register so that we may properly appraise it."
- Florence E. Allen
(Related: Politics, Time, Women, Effect, May, Will)

"Some artists claim praise is irrelevant in measuring the success of art, but I think it's quite relevant. Besides, it makes me feel great."
- Chris Van Allsburg
(Related: Success, Art, Artists, Praise)

"It would not be possible to praises nurses too highly."
- Stephen Ambrose
(Related: Nurses)

"That one woman is capable of loving another is an historical truth; but never yet lived one who could not listen to her own praises at the expense of her adored friend."
- Minna Antrim
(Related: Truth, Friend, Woman)

"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
(Related: Time, Man, Praise, Right)

"Let the master praise him, and say, "Here ye do well." For, I assure you, there is no such whetstone to sharpen a good wit, and encourage a will to learning, as is praise."
- Roger Ascham
(Related: Learning, Praise, Will, Wit)

"There is no such whetstone, to sharpen a good wit and encourage a will to learning, as is praise."
- Roger Ascham
(Related: Learning, Praise, Will, Wit)

"Sandwich every bit of criticism between two layers of praise."
- Mary Kay Ash
(Related: Criticism, Praise)

"There are two things people want more than sex and money... recognition and praise."
- Mary Kay Ash
(Related: Money, Sex, People, Praise, Want)

"In doing what we ought we deserve no praise, because it is our duty."
- Saint Aurelius Augustine
(Related: Duty, Praise)

"Anything in any way beautiful derives its beauty from itself and asks nothing beyond itself. Praise is no part of it, for nothing is made worse or better by praise."
- Marcus Aurelius
(Related: Beauty, Nothing, Praise)

"O my God, what must a soul be like when it is in this state! It longs to be all one tongue with which to praise the Lord. It utters a thousand pious follies, in a continuous endeavor to please Him who thus possesses it."
- Saint Teresa of Avila
(Related: God, Soul, Praise, Tongue)

"According to my principles, every master has his true and certain value. Praise and criticism cannot change any of that. Only the work itself praises and criticizes the master, and therefore I leave to everyone his own value."
- Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
(Related: Change, Work, Criticism, Praise, Principles, Value)

"In my ballets, woman is first. Men are consorts. God made men to sing the praises of women. They are not equal to men: They are better."
- George Balanchine
(Related: Men, Women, God, First, Woman)

"As to judging our own time, and thereby gaining some basis for a judgment of future possibilities, we are doubtless not only too close to it to appraise it but too much formed by it and enclosed within it to do so."
- Emily Greene Balch
(Related: Time, Future, Judgment, Possibilities)

"Praise now is one of the great duties of the redeemed. It will be their employment for ever."
- Albert Barnes
(Related: Now, Praise, Will)

"The praise that comes from love does not make us vain, but more humble."
- James M. Barrie
(Related: Love, Praise)

"A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy."
- Jean Baudrillard
(Related: Negative, Jealousy, Judgment, Praise, Satisfaction)

"In every age and every man there is something to praise as well as to blame."
- James Beattie
(Related: Age, Blame, Man, Praise)

"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."
- Walter Benjamin
(Related: People, Books, Poor, Writers, Writing)

"Eulogy. Praise of a person who has either the advantages of wealth and power, or the consideration to be dead."
- Ambrose Bierce
(Related: Power, Wealth, Consideration, Praise)

"There are four kinds of Homicide: felonious, excusable, justifiable, and praiseworthy."
- Ambrose Bierce
"Praise out of season, or tactlessly bestowed, can freeze the heart as much as blame."
- Pearl S. Buck
(Related: Heart, Blame, Praise)

"The men who made the war were profuse in their praises of the man who kicked the P.M. out of his office and now degrades by his disloyal, dishonest and lying presence the greatest office in the State."
- John Burns
(Related: Men, War, Lying, Man, Now, Office, State)

"I'd rather hang out with five people that I love than with 400 strangers at a club who are all doing the up-and-down inspection thing. They appraise everybody from head to toe - the outfit, the handbag, the shoes, how much they weigh... I can't stand it!"
- Sophia Bush
(Related: Love, People, Strangers)

"One should use praise to recognize what one is not."
- Elias Canetti
(Related: Praise)

"I like to praise and reward loudly, to blame quietly."
- Catherine II
(Related: Blame, Praise, Reward)

"It is one thing to praise discipline, and another to submit to it."
- Miguel de Cervantes
(Related: Discipline, Praise)

"Therefore we examine with considerable diligence the consensus of the true, learned, and purer antiquity, and we love and praise the testimonies of the fathers which agree with the Scripture."
- Martin Chemnitz
(Related: Love, Diligence, Fathers, Praise, Scripture)

"Modesty is the only sure bait when you angle for praise."
- Lord Chesterfield
(Related: Modesty, Praise)

"A new philosophy generally means in practice the praise of some old vice."
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
(Related: Old, Philosophy, Practice, Praise, Vice)

"It is easy enough to praise men for the courage of their convictions. I wish I could teach the sad young of this mealy generation the courage of their confusions."
- John Ciardi
(Related: Men, Courage, Praise)

"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."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Related: Books, Contempt, Desire, Glory, Man, Names, Praise)

"Let us not listen to those who think we ought to be angry with our enemies, and who believe this to be great and manly. Nothing is so praiseworthy, nothing so clearly shows a great and noble soul, as clemency and readiness to forgive."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Related: Soul, Enemies, Nothing)

"God was treated like this powerful, erratic, rather punitive father who has to be pacified and praised. You know, flattered."
- John Cleese
(Related: God, Father)

"In praising Antony I have dispraised Caesar."
- Cleopatra
"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."
- Robert Collier
(Related: Goal, Encouragement, Nothing, Praise, Tides, Trouble, Will, World)

"Praise the bridge that carried you over."
- George Colman
(Related: Praise)

"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."
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Related: Fame, Flowers, Future, Grave, Living, May, Nothing, Present)

"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."
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Related: People, First, Reputation, Will)

"Truth of a modest sort I can promise you, and also sincerity. That complete, praiseworthy sincerity which, while it delivers one into the hands of one's enemies, is as likely as not to embroil one with one's friends."
- Joseph Conrad
(Related: Truth, Enemies, Friends, Promise, Sincerity)

"The man who builds a factory builds a temple, that the man who works there worships there, and to each is due, not scorn and blame, but reverence and praise."
- Calvin Coolidge
(Related: Temple, Blame, Man, Praise)

"Such lovely warmth of thought and delicacy of colour are beyond all praise, and equally beyond all thanks!"
- Marie Corelli
(Related: Thought, Praise)

"I love criticism just so long as it's unqualified praise."
- Noel Coward
(Related: Love, Criticism, Praise)

"To the house of a friend if you're pleased to retire, You must all things admit, you must all things admire; You must pay with observance the price of your treat, You must eat what is praised, and must praise what you eat."
- George Crabbe
(Related: Friend, Praise)

"With eye upraised his master's looks to scan, The joy, the solace, and the aid of man; The rich man's guardian, and the poor man's friend, The only creature faithful to the end."
- George Crabbe
(Related: Friend, Eye, Joy, Man, Poor)

"Sun Tzu does not need my praise. His work has lived for over two thousand years, and will surely live for another two thousand without any help from me."
- Martin van Creveld
(Related: Work, Help, Praise, Sun, Will, Years)

"The important thing to me is that I'm not driven by people's praise and I'm not slowed down by people's criticism. I'm just trying to work at the highest level I can."
- Russell Crowe
(Related: Work, People, Criticism, Praise, Trying)

"People praise virtue, but they hate it, they run away from it. It freezes you to death, and in this world you've got to keep your feet warm."
- Denis Diderot
(Related: Death, People, Virtue, Feet, Hate, Praise, World)

"It is not possible to eat me without insisting that I sing praises of my devourer?"
- Fyodor Dostoevsky
"Praises for our past triumphs are as feathers to a dead bird."
- Paul Eldridge
(Related: Past)

"Our high respect for a well read person is praise enough for literature."
- T. S. Eliot
(Related: Literature, Praise, Respect)

"There is no belittling worse than to over praise a man."
- Owen Feltham
(Related: Man, Praise)

"We increase whatever we praise. The whole creation responds to praise, and is glad."
- Charles Fillmore
(Related: Creation, Praise)

"Praise the sea, on shore remain."
- John Florio
(Related: Praise, Sea)

"But no one can praise Roosevelt for doing this and then insist that he restored our traditional political and economic systems to their former vitality."
- John T. Flynn
(Related: Praise, Vitality)

"The pat on the back, the arm around the shoulder, the praise for what was done right and the sympathetic nod for what wasn't are as much a part of golf as life itself."
- Gerald R. Ford
(Related: Life, Golf, Praise, Right)

"Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition!"
- Howell Forgy
(Related: Praise)

"We are willing enough to praise freedom when she is safely tucked away in the past and cannot be a nuisance. In the present, amidst dangers whose outcome we cannot foresee, we get nervous about her, and admit censorship."
- E. M. Forster
(Related: Censorship, Freedom, Past, Praise, Present)

"One always tends to overpraise a long book, because one has got through it."
- E. M. Forster
"It is nasty. You can think that you know someone in this business and you really don't. You can be stabbed in the back very easily. You can be praised very easily. It doesn't matter who you are or what you do."
- Daisy Fuentes
(Related: Business)

"It is more difficult to praise rightly than to blame."
- Thomas Fuller
(Related: Blame, Praise)

"The winds that blow our billions away return burdened with themes of scorn and dispraise."
- Garet Garrett
"To praise it would amount to praising myself. For the entire content of the work... coincides almost exactly with my own meditations which have occupied my mind for the past thirty or thirty-five years."
- Carl Friedrich Gauss
(Related: Work, Content, Mind, Past, Praise, Years)

"Fools may our scorn, not envy, raise. For envy is a kind of praise."
- John Gay
(Related: Envy, Fools, May, Praise)

"Praise does wonders for our sense of hearing."
- Arnold H. Glasgow
(Related: Hearing, Praise, Sense, Wonders)

"There's no praise or acknowledgment paid to women who raise the babies."
- Sharon Gless
(Related: Women, Babies, Praise)

"A person places themselves on a level with the ones they praise."
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Related: Praise)

"All that a husband or wife really wants is to be pitied a little, praised a little, and appreciated a little."
- Oliver Goldsmith
(Related: Wife, Husband)

"God be praised for his gracious long suffering towards me in sparing my life so long. Grant, gracious God, that I may make a good use of the time that thou mayest be pleased yet to grant me for repentance."
- Patrick Gordon
(Related: Life, Time, God, May, Repentance, Suffering)

"The highest form of worship is the worship of unselfish Christian service. The greatest form of praise is the sound of consecrated feet seeking out the lost and helpless."
- Billy Graham
(Related: Christian, Feet, Praise, Service, Sound, Worship)

"I praise loudly. I blame softly."
- Catherine the Great
(Related: Blame, Praise)

"It is a sign that your reputation is small and sinking if your own tongue must praise you."
- Matthew Hale
(Related: Praise, Reputation, Tongue)

"In my writing, as much as I could, I tried to find the good, and praise it."
- Alex Haley
(Related: Praise, Writing)

"Praise those of your critics for whom nothing is up to standard."
- Dag Hammarskjold
(Related: Nothing, Praise)

"What a person praises is perhaps a surer standard, even than what he condemns, of his own character, information and abilities."
- Augustus Hare
(Related: Character, Information)

"I praise the Lord here today. I know that all my talent and all my ability comes from him, and without him I'm nothing and I thank him for his great blessing."
- Ernie Harwell
(Related: Talent, Ability, Nothing, Praise, Today)

"Unjust attacks on public men do them more good than unmerited praise."
- Rutherford B. Hayes
(Related: Men, Praise, Public)

"He only profits from praise who values criticism."
- Heinrich Heine
(Related: Values, Criticism, Praise)

"Sometimes we deny being worthy of praise, hoping to generate an argument we would be pleased to lose."
- Cullen Hightower
(Related: Argument, Being, Praise)

"The praise of ancient authors proceeds not from the reverence of the dead, but from the competition and mutual envy of the living."
- Thomas Hobbes
(Related: Competition, Envy, Living, Praise)

"It is a sign of creeping inner death when we can no longer praise the living."
- Eric Hoffer
(Related: Death, Living, Praise)

"Sweet is the scene where genial friendship plays the pleasing game of interchanging praise."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes
(Related: Friendship, Praise)

"There is no friend like an old friend who has shared our morning days, no greeting like his welcome, no homage like his praise."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
(Related: Friend, Old, Praise)

"What every genuine philosopher (every genuine man, in fact) craves most is praise although the philosophers generally call it recognition!"
- William James
(Related: Man, Praise)

"I have been both praised and criticized. The criticism stung, but the praise sometimes bothered me even more. To have received such praise and honors has always been puzzling to me."
- Billy Joel
(Related: Criticism, Praise)

"Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value only to its scarcity."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Gold, Praise, Value)

"He who praises everybody, praises nobody."
- Samuel Johnson
"You might as well praise a man for not robbing a bank."
- Bobby Jones
(Related: Man, Praise)

"Even philosophers will praise war as ennobling mankind, forgetting the Greek who said: 'War is bad in that it begets more evil than it kills.'"
- Immanuel Kant
(Related: War, Evil, Mankind, Praise, Will)

"I question the value of stars. I think they're overrated. They get too much money, too much praise."
- Elia Kazan
(Related: Money, Praise, Question, Stars, Value)

"Praise or blame has but a momentary effect on the man whose love of beauty in the abstract makes him a severe critic on his own works."
- John Keats
(Related: Beauty, Love, Blame, Effect, Man, Praise)

"The sacrifices made by veterans and their willingness to fight in defense of our nation merit our deep respect and praise - and to the best in benefits and medical care."
- Sue Kelly
(Related: Medical, Benefits, Care, Deep, Defense, Fight, Merit, Nation, Praise, Respect, Veterans)

"Great tranquility of heart is his who cares for neither praise not blame."
- Thomas Kempis
(Related: Heart, Blame, Praise, Tranquility)

"Praise God, from whom all blessings flow! Praise Him, all creatures here below! Praise Him above, ye heavenly host! Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!"
- Thomas Ken
(Related: God, Father, Son, Blessings, Praise)

"If to the viewer's eyes, my world appears less beautiful than his, I'm to be pitied and the viewer praised."
- Rockwell Kent
(Related: Eyes, World)

"George Bush, Dick Cheney, every one of the speakers praised John Kerry's war record. No one said he was unfit. They said he has terrible judgment, and that's his record as a senator. Nobody questioned his military record."
- Peter King
(Related: War, Judgment, Military)

"He who does without the praise of the crowd will not deny himself an opportunity to be his own adherent."
- Karl Kraus
(Related: Opportunity, Praise, Will)

"Oasis are not just influenced by the Beatles; they actually take stuff. Then they get praised."
- Lenny Kravitz
"The poets, therefore, however much they adorned the gods in their poems, and amplified their exploits with the highest praises, yet very frequently confess that all things are held together and governed by one spirit or mind."
- Lactantius
(Related: Gods, Mind, Poems, Poets, Spirit)

"But this Veterans Day, I believe we should do more than sing the praises of the bravery and patriotism that our veterans have embodied in the past. We should take this opportunity to re-evaluate how we are treating our veterans in the present."
- Nick Lampson
(Related: Patriotism, Opportunity, Bravery, Day, Past, Present, Veterans)

"An ingenuous mind feels in unmerited praise the bitterest reproof."
- Walter Savage Landor
(Related: Mind, Praise)

"It was my dream that I had clenched in a fist of discontent and wouldn't release. But time had now pried every finger open. There is peace in an open and upraised hand that isn't grasping for anything."
- Laurel Lee
(Related: Peace, Time, Dream, Discontent, Now, Open)

"Almost anything that can be praised or advocated has been put to some disgusting use. There is no principle, however immaculate, that has not had its compromising manipulator."
- Wyndham Lewis
"Human rights are praised more than ever - and violated as much as ever."
- Anna Lindh
(Related: Rights, Human rights)

"When you've grown sick of reading and bug-eyed from watching TV, when your friends are all visited out, no words can adequately praise the link to the outside world provided by your parents and family."
- Lance Loud
(Related: Family, Friends, Parents, Praise, Reading, Words, World)

"The wish to acquire more is admittedly a very natural and common thing; and when men succeed in this they are always praised rather than condemned. But when they lack the ability to do so and yet want to acquire more at all costs, they deserve condemnation for their mistakes."
- Niccolo Machiavelli
(Related: Men, Ability, Mistakes, Succeed, Want)

"Self-praise is for losers. Be a winner. Stand for something. Always have class, and be humble."
- John Madden
(Related: Class, Self)

"You are damned and praised, or encouraged or discouraged by those who listen to you, and those who come to applaud you. And to me, those people are very important."
- Miriam Makeba
(Related: People)

"He who praises you for what you lack wishes to take from you what you have."
- Don J. Manuel
(Related: Wishes)

"Taking an interest in what others are thinking and doing is often a much more powerful form of encouragement than praise."
- Robert Martin
(Related: Encouragement, Interest, Praise, Thinking)

"Experience praises the most happy the one who made the most people happy."
- Karl Marx
(Related: Experience, People)

"Once in a century a man may be ruined or made insufferable by praise. But surely once in a minute something generous dies for want of it."
- John Masefield
(Related: Man, May, Praise, Want)

"History is the story of events, with praise or blame."
- Cotton Mather
(Related: History, Blame, Events, Praise)

"People ask for criticism, but they only want praise."
- W. Somerset Maugham
(Related: People, Criticism, Praise, Want)

"It is salutary to train oneself to be no more affected by censure than by praise."
- W. Somerset Maugham
(Related: Censure, Praise)

"Modesty and unselfishness - these are the virtues which men praise - and pass by."
- Andre Maurois
(Related: Men, Modesty, Praise)

"Praise is warming and desirable. But it is an earned thing. It has to be deserved, like a hug from a child."
- Phyllis McGinley
(Related: Praise)

"There can be no doubt that the average man blames much more than he praises. His instinct is to blame. If he is satisfied he says nothing; if he is not, he most illogically kicks up a row."
- Golda Meir
(Related: Blame, Doubt, Instinct, Man, Nothing)

"Let America first praise mediocrity even, in her children, before she praises... the best excellence in the children of any other land."
- Herman Melville
(Related: America, Children, Excellence, First, Land, Mediocrity, Praise)

"It was not the part of His kindly love that he who was to praise God's divine generosity in regard to others should be compelled to condemn it in regard to himself."
- Giovanni Pico della Mirandola
(Related: Love, God, Generosity, Praise)

"Every formula which expresses a law of nature is a hymn of praise to God."
- Maria Mitchell
(Related: Nature, God, Formula, Law, Praise)

"Have a hand in your own treatment. I have nothing but praise for our doctors, but I think they could help us better, and we can help them if we work together."
- Mary Ann Mobley
(Related: Work, Doctors, Help, Nothing, Praise, Treatment)

"There is no praise to bear the sort that you put in your pocket."
- Moliere
(Related: Praise)

"When one cannot appraise out of one's own experience, the temptation to blunder is minimized, but even when one can, appraisal seems chiefly useful as appraisal of the appraiser."
- Marianne Moore
(Related: Experience, Temptation)

"God made man merely to hear some praise of what he'd done on those Five Days."
- Christopher Morley
(Related: God, Man, Praise)

"I pay no attention whatever to anybody's praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings."
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
(Related: Feelings, Attention, Blame, Praise)

"So, to praise others for their virtues can but encourage one's own efforts."
- Nagarjuna
(Related: Praise)

"In praise there is more obtrusiveness than in blame."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
(Related: Blame, Praise)

"Some are made modest by great praise, others insolent."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
(Related: Praise)

"I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
(Related: Time, God)

"What can everyone do? Praise and blame. This is human virtue, this is human madness."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
(Related: Virtue, Blame, Madness, Praise)

"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
(Related: Power, Being, Blame, Causes, Conscience, Judgment, Praise, Reason)

"All praise to the masters indeed, but we too could produce a Kant or a Hugo."
- Jose C. Orozco
(Related: Praise)

"Let others praise ancient times; I am glad I was born in these."
- Ovid
(Related: Praise)

"Not to be cheered by praise, not to be grieved by blame, but to know thoroughly one's own virtues or powers are the characteristics of an excellent man."
- Satchel Paige
(Related: Blame, Man, Praise)

"Virtues are acquired through endeavor, Which rests wholly upon yourself. So, to praise others for their virtues Can but encourage one's own efforts."
- Thomas Paine
(Related: Praise)

"Not to be cheered by praise, not to be grieved by blame, but to know thoroughly ones own virtues or powers are the characteristics of an excellent man."
- Saskya Pandita
(Related: Blame, Man, Praise)

"Praise and criticism seem to me to operate exactly on the same level. If you get a great review, it's really thrilling for about ten minutes. If you get a bad review, it's really crushing for ten minutes. Either way, you go on."
- Ann Patchett
(Related: Criticism, Praise)

"It is simpler and easier to flatter people than to praise them."
- Jean Paul
(Related: People, Praise)

"The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism."
- Norman Vincent Peale
(Related: Criticism, Praise, Trouble)

"We are apt to love praise, but not deserve it. But if we would deserve it, we must love virtue more than that."
- William Penn
(Related: Love, Virtue, Praise)

"Few governments in the world, for example, praise human rights more ardently than does the government of France, and few have a worse record of supporting tyrants and killers."
- Richard Perle
(Related: Government, Example, France, Rights, Human rights, Praise, World)

"Our dependency makes slaves out of us, especially if this dependency is a dependency of our self-esteem. If you need encouragement, praise, pats on the back from everybody, then you make everybody your judge."
- Fritz Perls
(Related: Encouragement, Praise, Self)

"Many know how to flatter, few know how to praise."
- Wendell Phillips
(Related: Praise)

"Neither blame or praise yourself."
- Plutarch
(Related: Blame, Praise)

"Praise undeserved, is satire in disguise."
- Alexander Pope
(Related: Disguise, Praise, Satire)

"Some old men, continually praise the time of their youth. In fact, you would almost think that there were no fools in their days, but unluckily they themselves are left as an example."
- Alexander Pope
(Related: Time, Men, Example, Fact, Fools, Old, Praise, Youth)

"Fondly we think we honor merit then, When we but praise ourselves in other men."
- Alexander Pope
(Related: Men, Honor, Merit, Praise)

"Fans will praise you, scold you, and offer helpful advice. Fans will also defend you."
- Charley Pride
(Related: Advice, Fans, Praise, Will)

"Many a man is praised for his reserve and so-called shyness when he is simply too proud to risk making a fool of himself."
- J. B. Priestley
(Related: Fool, Man, Risk, Shyness)

"Although strength should fail, the effort will deserve praise. In great enterprises the attempt is enough."
- Sextus Propertius
(Related: Strength, Effort, Praise, Will)

"Instead of yelling and spanking, which don't work anyway, I believe in finding creative ways to keep their attention - turning things into a game, for instance. And, when they do something good, positive reinforcement and praise."
- Patricia Richardson
(Related: Work, Positive, Attention, Praise)

"Usually we praise only to be praised."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Praise)

"We seldom praise anyone in good earnest, except such as admire us."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Praise)

"When we disclaim praise, it is only showing our desire to be praised a second time."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Time, Desire, Praise)

"We do not praise others, ordinarily, but in order to be praised ourselves."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Order, Praise)

"A refusal of praise is a desire to be praised twice."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Desire, Praise)

"Few people have the wisdom to prefer the criticism that would do them good, to the praise that deceives them."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Wisdom, People, Criticism, Praise)

"No man deserves to be praised for his goodness, who has it not in his power to be wicked. Goodness without that power is generally nothing more than sloth, or an impotence of will."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Power, Goodness, Man, Nothing, Will)

"I find war detestable but those who praise it without participating in it even more so."
- Romain Rolland
(Related: War, Praise)

"I don't judge a regime by the damning criticism of the opposition, but by the ingenuous praise of the partisan."
- Jean Rostand
(Related: Criticism, Opposition, Praise)

"The writer wants to be understood much more than he wants to be respected or praised or even loved. And that perhaps, is what makes him different from others."
- Leo Rosten
(Related: Writer)

"So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence."
- Bertrand Russell
(Related: Intelligence, Praise, Word)

"Many people when they fall in love look for a little haven of refuge from the world, where they can be sure of being admired when they are not admirable, and praised when they are not praiseworthy."
- Bertrand Russell
(Related: Love, People, Being, World)

"Make friends with the angels, who though invisible are always with you. Often invoke them, constantly praise them, and make good use of their help and assistance in all your temporal and spiritual affairs."
- Saint Francis de Sales
(Related: Angels, Friends, Help, Praise, Spiritual)

"Christ himself wrote nothing, but furnished endless material for books and songs of gratitude and praise."
- Philip Schaff
(Related: Gratitude, Books, Christ, Nothing, Praise, Songs)

"I praise CBS for taking a risk, which is always the price you pay for opportunity. This is not standard movie of the week storytelling. I think movies of the week have fallen into a niche and that isn't my niche."
- Tom Selleck
(Related: Movies, Opportunity, Praise, Risk)

"True praise comes often even to the lowly; false praise only to the strong."
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
(Related: Praise)

"Praise us as we are tasted, allow us as we prove."
- William Shakespeare
(Related: Praise)

"Now, God be praised, that to believing souls gives light in darkness, comfort in despair."
- William Shakespeare
(Related: God, Comfort, Darkness, Despair, Light, Now)

"I will praise any man that will praise me."
- William Shakespeare
(Related: Man, Praise, Will)

"For if there is anything to one's praise, it is foolish vanity to be gratified at it, and if it is abuse - why one is always sure to hear of it from one damned good-natured friend or another!"
- Richard Brinsley Sheridan
(Related: Friend, Abuse, Praise, Vanity)

"Modesty is a quality in a lover more praised by the women than liked."
- Richard Brinsley Sheridan
(Related: Women, Quality, Modesty)

"It is great happiness to be praised of them who are most praiseworthy."
- Philip Sidney
(Related: Happiness)

"Integrity is the first step to true greatness. Men love to praise, but are slow to practice it. To maintain it in high places costs self-denial; in all places it is liable to opposition, but its end is glorious, and the universe will yet do it homage."
- Charles Simmons
(Related: Love, Men, Greatness, End, First, Integrity, Opposition, Practice, Praise, Self, Universe, Will)

"Writing, I'm convinced, should be a subversive activity - frowned on by the authorities - and not one cooed over and praised beyond common sense by some teacher."
- Dan Simmons
(Related: Common sense, Writing)

"Neither praise or blame is the object of true criticism. Justly to discriminate, firmly to establish, wisely to prescribe, and honestly to award. These are the true aims and duties of criticism."
- William Gilmore Simms
(Related: Blame, Criticism, Praise)

"If you do your fair day's work, you are certain to get your fair day's wage - in praise or pudding, whichever happens to suit your taste."
- Alexander Smith
(Related: Work, Day, Praise, Taste, Wage)

"I do believe in praising that which deserves to be praised."
- Dean Smith
"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
(Related: Life, Praise)

"If a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it."
- Socrates
(Related: Wealth, Man)

"There are some who praise a man free from disease; to me no man who is poor seems free from disease but to be constantly sick."
- Sophocles
(Related: Disease, Man, Poor, Praise)

"What 'multiculturalism' boils down to is that you can praise any culture in the world except Western culture - and you cannot blame any culture in the world except Western culture."
- Thomas Sowell
(Related: Blame, Culture, Praise, World)

"There is no Pleasure like that of receiving Praise from the Praiseworthy."
- Richard Steele
(Related: Pleasure, Praise)

"Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard."
- John Steinbeck
(Related: Courage, Praise)

"A technical survey that systematize, digest, and appraise the mid century state of psychology."
- Stanley Smith Stevens
(Related: Psychology, State)

"If anything, if you can get somebody interested in something and get them excited, that's great. You should be praised for having opened the debate and having asked the right questions."
- Oliver Stone
(Related: Debate, Questions, Right)

"Trusting in Christ, we may boldly join in the combat, and enlist ourselves among that disinterested band, who fight not for human ambition, or human praise, but for the honour of our Saviour, and the salvation of men."
- John Strachan
(Related: Men, Ambition, Christ, Fight, May, Praise, Salvation)

"The Church knew what the psalmist knew: Music praises God. Music is well or better able to praise him than the building of the church and all its decoration; it is the Church's greatest ornament."
- Igor Stravinsky
(Related: Music, God, Church, Building, Praise)

"Praise the Lord, O England's Jerusalem: and Netherland's Zion, praise ye the Lord! He hath secured your gates, and blessed your possessions with peace, even here, where the threatened torch of war was lighted."
- Peter Stuyvesant
(Related: War, Peace, England, Possessions, Praise)

"South Koreans who have seen and praised the mass games should remember the hardship of tearful children. Teachers drive them hard with curses and orders to repeat and repeat. When the children return home in the evening, they can hardly walk."
- Kim Il sung
(Related: Home, Children, Evening, Games, Hardship, Teachers)

"Admonish your friends privately, but praise them openly."
- Publilius Syrus
(Related: Friends, Praise)

"Reprove your friends in secret, praise them openly."
- Publilius Syrus
(Related: Friends, Praise)

"I praise the Lord, the Sovereign of the royal realm, Who has extended his sway over the tract of the world."
- Taliesin
(Related: Praise, World)

"Their silence is praise enough."
- Terence
(Related: Praise, Silence)

"I want to praise activists through the years. I praise those of the past as well, to have them honored."
- Studs Terkel
(Related: Past, Praise, Want, Years)

"These poems, with all their crudities, doubts, and confusions, are written for the love of Man and in praise of God, and I'd be a damn' fool if they weren't."
- Dylan Thomas
(Related: Love, God, Fool, Man, Poems, Praise)

"In almost everything that touches our everyday life on earth, God is pleased when we're pleased. He wills that we be as free as birds to soar and sing our maker's praise without anxiety."
- Aiden Wilson Tozer
(Related: Life, God, Anxiety, Birds, Earth, Praise)

"I love to ride horses, hike in the woods with Juliette and appraise Longhorns."
- Janine Turner
(Related: Love, Horses)

"'Classic.' A book which people praise and don't read."
- Mark Twain
(Related: People, Praise)

"The higher the sun ariseth, the less shadow doth he cast; even so the greater is the goodness, the less doth it covet praise; yet cannot avoid its rewards in honours."
- Lao Tzu
(Related: Goodness, Praise, Shadow, Sun)

"Men sometimes feel injured by praise because it assigns a limit to their merit; few people are modest enough not to take offense that one appreciates them."
- Marquis De Vauvenargues
(Related: Men, People, Merit, Praise)

"An actor remembers his first piece of published praise. It is written on his heart."
- Conrad Veidt
(Related: Heart, Actor, First, Praise)

"You do ill if you praise, but worse if you censure, what you do not understand."
- Leonardo da Vinci
(Related: Censure, Praise)

"The encouragement I got from Campbell was a quick check and praise. Once the Space Beagle was launched on its mission, it seemed natural for it to breed additional thoughts."
- A. E. van Vogt
(Related: Thoughts, Encouragement, Mission, Praise, Quick, Space)

"When someone sings his own praises, he always gets the tune too high."
- Mary H. Waldrip
"Having the critics praise you is like having the hangman say you've got a pretty neck."
- Eli Wallach
(Related: Praise, Pretty)

"Poets lose half the praise they should have got, Could it be known what they discreetly blot."
- Edmund Waller
(Related: Poets, Praise)

"Circle are praised, not that abound, In largeness, but the exactly round."
- Edmund Waller
"Nothing is more effective than sincere, accurate praise, and nothing is more lame than a cookie-cutter compliment."
- Bill Walsh
(Related: Compliment, Nothing, Praise)

"A man desires praise that he may be reassured, that he may be quit of his doubting of himself; he is indifferent to applause when he is confident of success."
- Alec Waugh
(Related: Success, Applause, Man, May, Praise)

"To say of a picture, as is often said in its praise, that it shows great and earnest labour, is to say that it is incomplete and unfit for view."
- James Mcneill Whistler
(Related: Praise)

"And the smile that is worth the praises of earth is the smile that shines through tears."
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox
(Related: Earth, Smile, Tears, Worth)

"You can't really praise somebody's work and then criticize the process."
- Lucinda Williams
(Related: Work, Praise)

"The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate."
- Oprah Winfrey
(Related: Life, Praise)

"Now God be praised, I will die in peace."
- James Wolfe
(Related: Peace, God, Now, Will)

"You can't let praise or criticism get to you. It's a weakness to get caught up in either one."
- John Wooden
(Related: Criticism, Praise, Weakness)

"The sweetest of all sounds is praise."
- Xenophon
(Related: Praise)

"The hoopla, the applause, the praises have never excited me."
- Martin Yan
(Related: Applause)

"Happiness is within. It has nothing to do with how much applause you get or how many people praise you. Happiness comes when you believe that you have done something truly meaningful."
- Martin Yan
(Related: Happiness, People, Applause, Nothing, Praise)

"But was there ever dog that praised his fleas?"
- William Butler Yeats
(Related: Fleas)

"Wonder is involuntary praise."
- Edward Young
(Related: Praise, Wonder)

"When we had to do book reports, I would pick a book that no one read and just make it up and turn that in. I got praised for my imagination."
- Ahmet Zappa
(Related: Imagination)