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The love of praise, howe'er conceal'd by art, reigns more or less, and glows in every heart: the proud, to gain it, toils on toils endure, the modest shun it but to make it sure.

The more you speak of yourself, the more you are likely to lie.

The most agreeable recompense which we can receive for things which we have done is to see them known, to have them applauded with praises which honor us.

The praise that comes from love does not make us vain, but more humble.

The praises of others may be of use in teaching us, not what we are, but what we ought to be.

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.

The sweetest of all sounds is praise.

The villain's censure is extorted praise.

There can hardly, I believe, be imagined a more desirable pleasure than that of praise unmixed with any possibility of flattery.

There is not a person we employ who does not, like ourselves, desire recognition, praise, gentleness, forbearance, patience.

There's not one wise man among twenty will praise himself.

They are the most frivolous and superficial of mankind, who can be much delighted with that praise which they themselves know to be altogether unmerited.

Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions; but those who kindly reprove thy faults.

Those who are greedy of praise prove that they are poor in merit.

True praise is frequently the lot of the humble; false praise is always confined to the great.

We are all excited by the love of praise, and it is the noblest spirits that feel it most.

We are not fond of praising, and never praise any one except from interested motives. Praise is a clever, concealed, and delicate flattery, which gratifies in different ways the giver and the receiver. The one takes it as a recompense of his merit, and the other bestows it to display his equity and discernment.

We should not be too niggardly in our praise, for men will do more to support a character than to raise one.

What a person praises is perhaps a surer standard, even, than what he condemns, of his character, information, and abilities. No wonder, then, that most people are so shy of praising anything.

Whenever you commend, add your reasons for doing so; it is this which distinguishes the approbation of a man of sense from the flattery of sycophants and admiration of fools.


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