Praise Quotes

Most popular praise quotes

Great tranquility of heart is his who cares for neither praise nor blame.

blame inner peace

I can live for two months on a good compliment.

compliments funny

Find the good and praise it.

Goodness

The house praises the carpenter.

house

I praise loudly; I blame softly.

blame

We never praise except for profit.
One has only to die to be praised.
— German proverb

German proverbs proverbs

A child is fed with milk and praise.

parenting

Flattery is praise without foundation.

flattery

Praises from an enemy imply real merit.

enemies merit proverbs

He who praises everybody praises nobody.
Flattery is alright if you don't inhale.
I will praise any man that will praise me.
Praise is the best diet for us, after all.
Praise at least as often as you disparage.
We seldom praise except to get praise back.
The sweetest sound of all sounds is praise.
Praise shames me, for I secretly beg for it.
Praise requires constant renewal and expansion.
Praise, if you don't swallow it, can't hurt you.

flattery

Praise is a debt we owe unto the Virtue of others.
Some natures are too good to be spoiled by praise.
The refusal of praise is a wish to be praised twice.
A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.

compliments

It is more difficult to praise rightly than to blame.
Modesty is the only sure bait when you angle for praise.

modesty

Boldly sound your own praises, and some of them will stick.
Judicious praise is to children what the sun is to flowers.
It is easier and handier for men to flatter than to praise.

flattery

Flattery is like cologne water, to be smelt, not swallowed.
Some people pay a compliment as if they expected a receipt.
There's no weapon that slays its victim so surely as praise.
Refusal of praise reveals a desire to be praised twice over.
Let us now praise famous men, and our fathers that begat us.
— Ecclesiasticus 44:1

biblical

Praise is the only gift for which people are really grateful.
Sandwich every bit of criticism between two layers of praise.

criticism

It is a great sign of mediocrity to praise always moderately.

mediocrity

Praise is sunshine; it warms, it inspires, it promotes growth.
He writes so well he makes me feel like putting my quill back.
Praise, like penicillin, must not be administered haphazardly.
The applause of a single human being is of a great consequence.

applause

How a little praise warms out of a man the good that is in him.

persuasion

An actor is like a cigar; the more you puff him the smaller he gets.

actors

Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value only to its scarcity.
Fish for no compliments; they are generally caught in shallow water.

vanity

We begin to praise when we begin to see a thing needs our assistance.
One cares so little for the style in which one's praises are written.
We recognize that flattery is poison, but its perfume intoxicates us.
Be quick to praise people. People like to praise those who praise them.
I can eat it with a spoon or with a soup ladle or anything and I like it.
A man doesn't live on bread alone. He needs buttering up once in a while.
Praise is like champagne; it should be served while it is still bubbling.
— Robins Reader
Too much praise makes you feel you must be doing something terribly wrong.
Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.
When someone does something good, applaud! That will make two people happy.
There's no weapon that slays
Its victim so surely (if well aim'd) as praise.
If you call a thing bad you do little; if you call a thing good you do much.

parenting

Praise can give criticism a lead around the first turn and still win the race.

criticism

People can be induced to swallow anything, provided it is seasoned with praise.

human nature

Praise can be your most valuable asset as long as you don't aim it at yourself.
If you would reap praise you must sow the seeds,
Gentle words and useful deeds.
Praise is the only thing that brings to life again a man that's been destroyed.
A little praise is not only the merest justice but is beyond the purse of no one.
Appreciation is like an insurance policy. It has to be renewed every now and then.
The praise you take, altho' it be your due,
Will be suspected if it come from you.
Praise out of season, or tactlessly bestowed, can freeze the heart as much as blame.
They say, "Gee, you look great." That means they thought you looked like hell before.
Praise is like sunlight to the warm human spirit; we cannot flower and grow without it.
The love of praise, howe'er conceal'd by art,
Reigns more or less, and glows in ev'ry heart.
People can be induced to swallow anything, provided it is sufficiently seasoned with praise.

deceit

Nothing so soon the drooping spirits can raise,
As praises from the men, whom all men praise.
Accepting praise that is not our due is not much better than to be a receiver of stolen goods.

proverbs

There is no such whetstone, to sharpen a good wit and encourage a will to learning, as is praise.
The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved with criticism.

criticism

So long as you are praised think only that you are not yet on your own path but on that of another.
Sometimes we deny being worthy of praise, hoping to generate an argument we would be pleased to lose.

vanity

If you want your children to improve, let them overhear the nice things you say about them to others.

parenting

A pat on the back, though only a few vertebrae removed from a kick in the pants, is miles ahead in results.

criticism

Praise is warming and desirable. But it is an earned thing. It has to be deserved, like a hug from a child.
Baloney is the unvarnished lie laid on so thick you hate it. Blarney is flattery laid on so thin you love it.
Among the smaller duties of life, I hardly know any one more important than that of praising where praise is due.
The advantage of doing one's praising for oneself is that one can lay it on so thick and exactly in the right places.
There's a limit to how many times you can read how great you are and what an inspiration you are, but I'm not there yet.
I believe that you should praise people whenever you can; it causes them to respond as a thirsty plant responds to water.
His life was gentle and the elements so mixed in him that nature might stand up and say to all the world 'this was a man.
The meanest, most contemptible kind of praise is that which first speaks well of a man, and then qualifies it with a "but."
We praise or blame according to whether the one or the other offers a greater opportunity for our power of judgment to shine out.

blame human nature

Of all music, that which most pleases the ear is applause. But it has no score. It ends and is carried off by the wind. Nothing remains.

flattery

Once in a century a man may be ruined or made insufferable by praise. But surely once in a minute something generous dies for want of it.
Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well-timed, sincere words of praise. They're absolutely free—and worth a fortune.
If each of us were to confess his most secret desire, the one that inspires all his deeds and designs, he would say, "I want to be praised."
What every genuine philosopher (every genuine man, in fact) craves most is praise—although the philosophers generally call it "recognition."
Be it true or false, what is said about people often has as much influence upon their lives, and especially upon their destinies, as what they do.

criticism influence

Even in the best, most friendly, and simple relations of life, praise and commendation are essential, just as grease is necessary to wheels that they may run smoothly.
To withhold deserved praise lest it should make its object conceited is as dishonest as to withhold payment of a just debt lest your creditor should spend the money badly.
I consider my ability to arouse enthusiasm among the men the greatest asset I possess, and the way to develop the best that is in a man is by appreciation and encouragement.
Praise is like ambergris; a little whiff of it, and by snatches, is very agreeable; but when a man holds a whole lump of it to your nose, it is a stink, and strikes you down.
This is a moment that I deeply wish my parents could have lived to share. My father would have enjoyed what you have so generously said of me-and my mother would have believed it.
Praise is warming and desirable and it is what the human race lives on like bread. But praise is an earned thing.  It has to be deserved like an honorary degree or a hug from a child.

hugs

It isn't difficult, you know, to be witty or amusing when one has something to say that is destructive, but damned hard to be clever and quotable when you are singing someone's praises.
Make a great deal more of your right to praise the good than of your right to blame the bad.  Never let a brave and serious struggle after truth and goodness, however weak it may be, pass unrecognized.

Goodness

He who praises another enriches himself far more than he does the one praised. To praise is an investment in happiness. The poorest human being has something to give that the richest could not buy quote.