Praise Quotes

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You do ill if you praise, but worse if you censure, what you do not understand.
Leonardo Da Vinci

People ask for criticism, but they only want praise.
W Somerset Maugham

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

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

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

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

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears; I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him (Julius Caesar, Act 3, Scene 2)
William Shakespeare

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Experience praises the most happy the one who made the most people happy.
Karl Marx

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

Praise the bridge that carried you over.
George Colman

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

'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

Thought is a process of exaggeration. The refusal to exaggerate is not infrequently an alibi for the disinclination to think or praise.
Eric Hoffer

In praising Antony I have dispraised Caesar.
Cleopatra

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

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

Real joy comes not from ease or riches or from the praise of men, but from doing something worthwhile.
Wilfred Grenfell

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

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

He that departs with his own honesty
For vulgar praise, doth it too dearly buy
Ben Jonson

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

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

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

When all is summed up, a man never speaks of himself without loss; his accusations of himself are always believed, his praises never
Montaigne

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

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

Wonder is involuntary praise
Edward Young

Trust him little who praise all, him less who censures all and him least who is indifferent about all
Johann Lavater

Now God be praised, I will die in peace. (Dying words)
James Wolfe

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

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

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

The sweetest of all sounds is praise.
Xenophon

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

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

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



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