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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

I believe the bicentenary offers us a chance not just to say how profoundly shameful the slave trade was - how we condemn its existence utterly and praise those who fought for its abolition - but also to express our deep sorrow that it could ever have happened and rejoice at the better times we live in today
Tony Blair

Praise out of season, or tactlessly bestowed, can freeze the heart as much as blame.
Pearl Buck

O what is it proud slime will not believe
Of his own worth, to hear it equal praised
Thus with the gods?
Ben Jonson

Virtues are acquired through endeavour, Which rests wholly upon yourself. So, to praise others for their virtues Can but encourage one's own efforts.
Nagarjuna

Sandwich every bit of criticism between two thick layers of praise.
Mary Kay Ash

Necessity may render a doubtful act innocent, but it cannot make it praiseworthy
Joseph Joubert

An ingenuous mind feels in unmerited praise the bitterest reproof.
Walter Landor

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

None knew thee but to love thee, nor named thee but to praise
Fitz-Greene Halleck

Where through the long-drawn aisle and fretted vault
The pealing anthem swells the note of praise.
Thomas Gray

If to the viewer's eyes, my world appears less beautiful than his, I'm to be pitied and the viewer praised.
Rockwell Kent

'And everybody praised the Duke, Who this great fight did win.' 'But what good came of it at last?' Quoth little Peterkin. 'Why that I cannot tell', said he, 'But 'twas a famous victory.'
Robert Southey

There are two things people want more than sex and money... recognition and praise.
Mary Kay Ash

A desire to be observed, considered, esteemed, praised, beloved, and admired by his fellows is one of the earliest as well as the keenest dispositions discovered in the heart of man.
John Adams

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

All that a husband or wife really wants is to be pitied a little, praised a little, and appreciated a little
Oliver Goldsmith

For we, which now behold these present days, Have eyes to wonder, but lack tongues to praise (Sonnet 106)
William Shakespeare

Praise the bridge that carried you over.
George Colman

The creative person, the person who moves from an irrational source of power, has to face the fact that this power antagonizes. Under all the superficial praise of the 'creative' is the desire to kill. It is the old war between the mystic and the nonmystic, a war to the death.
Mary Sarton

'Argentina are the second best side in the world... and there's no better praise than that'
Kevin Keegan

It is simpler and easier to flatter people than to praise them.
Jean Paul Richter

One should use praise to recognize what one is not.
Elias Canetti

Who cared if there was really any Being to pray to? What mattered was the sense of giving thanks and praise, the feeling of a humble and grateful heart.
Oliver Sacks

You praise the firm restraint with which they write -
I'm with you there, of course:
They use the snaffle and the surb all right,
But where's the bloody horse?
Roy Campbell

Great investment opportunities come around when excellent companies are surrounded by unusual circumstances that cause the stock to be misappraised.
Warren Buffett

He who praises everybody, praises nobody.
Samuel Johnson

Be not too hasty either with praise or blame; speak always as though you were giving evidence before the judgement-seat of the Gods.
Seneca

All people that on earth do dwell, Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice; Him serve with fear, his praise forth tell, Come ye before him, and rejoice
William Kethe

In praising Antony I have dispraised Caesar.
Cleopatra

Wonder is involuntary praise
Edward Young

Hunger is never delicate; they who are seldom gorged to the full with praise may be safely fed with gross compliments, for the appetite must be satisfied before it is disgusted.
Samuel Johnson

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

Having the critics praise you is like having the hangman say you've got a pretty neck.
Eli Wallach

There are four kinds of Homicide: felonious, excusable, justifiable, and praiseworthy.
Ambrose Bierce

Be thou the first true merit to befriend, his praise is lost who stays till all commend.
Alexander Pope

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

That is fine, and I would have praised you more had you praised me less
Louis XIV Of France

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

It will take a long time for women's effect on politics to register so that we may properly appraise it.
Florence E Allen

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

It's all very well Eminem going on about Detroit. You have to be a bit braver to go around singing the praises of Lowestoft!
Justin Hawkins

Praise the green earth. Chance has appointed her home, workshop, larder, middenpit. Her lousy skin scabbed here and there by cities provides us with name and nation.
Basil Bunting

Neither blame or praise yourself.
Plutarch

Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition (At Pearl Harbour, 7 December 1941)
Howell Forgy

Our high respect for a well read person is praise enough for literature.
T S Eliot

It is music to my ears. I have always said that if I were a rich man, I would employ a professional praiser.
Osbert Sitwell

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 damned fool if they weren't.
Dylan Thomas

Always remember, everyone is hungry for praise and starving for honest appreciation.
David Berg

Fools may our scorn, not envy, raise. For envy is a kind of praise.
John Gay



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