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It is not he that searches for praise that finds it.

It takes a great deal of grace to be able to bear praise. Censure seldom does us much hurt. A man struggles up against slander, and the discouragement which comes of it may not be an unmixed evil; but praise soon suggests pride, and is therefore not an unmixed good.

No ashes are lighter than those of incense, and few things burn out sooner.

One good deed, dying tongueless, slaughters a thousand waiting upon that. Our praises are our wages.

One of the most essential preparations for eternity is delight in praising God; a higher acquirement, I do think, than even delight and devotedness in prayer.

Praise follows truth afar off, and only overtakes her at the grave; plausibility clings to her skirts and holds her back till then.

Praise has different effects, according to the mind it meets with; it makes a wise man modest, but a fool more arrogant, turning his weak brain giddy.

Praise in the beginning is agreeable enough, and we receive it as a favor; but when it comes in great quantities, we regard it only as a debt, which nothing but our merit could extort.

Praise is a debt we owe to the virtues of others, and is due to our own from all whom malice has not made mutes, or envy struck dumb.

Praise is but virtue's shadow; who courts her, doth more the handmaid, than the dame admire.

Praise is sometimes a good thing for the diffident and despondent. It teaches them properly to rely on the kindness of others.

Praise is the best auxiliary to prayer. - He who most bears in mind what has been done for him by God will be most emboldened to ask for fresh gifts from above.

Praise is the reflection doth from virtue rise; its fair encomiums do virtue raise to higher acts.

Praise never gives us much pleasure unless it concur with our own opinion, and extol us for those qualities in which we chiefly excel.

Praise no man too liberally before his face, nor censure him too lavishly behind his back: the one savors of flattery; the other of malice; and both are reprehensible; the true way to advance another's virtue is to follow it; and the pest means to cry down another's vice is to decline it.

Praise not people to their faces, to the end that they may pay thee in the same coin. This is so thin a cobweb, that it may with little difficulty be seen through; 'tis rarely strong enough to catch flies of any considerable magnitude.

Praise of the wise and good! it is a need for which I would long years of toil endure; which many a peril, many a grief would cure.

Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value only to its scarcity. It becomes cheap as it becomes vulgar, and will no longer raise expectation or animate enterprise.

Praise, more divine than prayer; prayer points our ready path to heaven; praise is already there.

Praising what is lost makes the remembrance dear.


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