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Praise Quotes


These are some of the best 'Praise' quotations and sayings.

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A refusal of praise is a desire to be praised twice.

A truly worthy man should avoid naming himself; Christian piety annihilates the worldly me; worldly civility hides and suppresses it.

Allow no man to be so free with you as to praise you to your face. Your vanity by this means will want its food. At the same time your passion for esteem will be more fully gratified; men will praise you in their actions: where you now receive one compliment, you will then receive twenty civilities.

Among the smaller duties of life, I hardly know any one more important than that of not praising where praise is not due. Reputation is one of the prizes for which men contend: it produces more labor and more talent than twice the wealth of a country could ever rear up. It is the coin of genius, and it is the imperious duty of every man to bestow it with the most scrupulous justice and the wisest economy.

Approbation from Sir Hubert Stanley is praise indeed.

As the Greek said, "Many men know how to flatter, few men know how to praise."

Be not too great a niggard in the commendations of him that professes thy own quality; if he deserve thy praise, thou hast discovered thy judgment; if not, thy modesty; honor either returns or reflects to the giver.

Damn with faint praise.

Desert being the essential condition of praise, there can be no reality in the one without the other.

Every one that has been long dead has a due proportion of praise allotted him, in which, whilst he lived, his friends were too profuse and his enemies too sparing.

Expect not praise without envy until you are dead. Honors bestowed on the illustrious dead have in them no admixture of envy; for the living pity the dead; and pity and envy, like oil and vinegar, assimilate not.

Half uttered praise is to the curious mind, as to the eye half veiled beauty is more precious than the whole.

His praise is lost who waits till all commend.

How a little praise warms out of a man the good that is in him, as the sneer of contempt which he feels is unjust chills the ardor to excel.

I praise loudly; I blame softly.

I should entertain a mean opinion of myself if all men, or the most part, praised and admired me; it would prove me to be somewhat like them.

I will not much commend others to themselves, I will not at all commend myself to others. So to praise any to their faces is a kind of flattery, but to praise myself to any is the height of folly. He that boasts his own praises speaks ill of himself, and much derogates from his true deserts. It is worthy of blame to affect commendation.

I would have praised you more had you praised me less.

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

It is no flattery to give a friend a due character; for commendation is as much the duty of a friend as reprehension.


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