The most splendid achievement of all is the constant striving to surpass yourself and to be worthy of your own approval.
I can spot empty flattery and know exactly where I stand. In the end it's really only my own approval or disapproval that means anything.
We can secure other people's approval, if we do right and try hard; but our own is worth a hundred of it, and no way has been found out of securing that
A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.
Do not look for approval except for the consciousness of doing your best.
People who want the most approval get the least and people who need approval the least get the most.
Those whose approval you seek most give you the least.
The approval of the public is to be avoided like the plague. It is absolutely essential to keep the public from entering if one wishes to avoid confusion. I must add that the public must be kept panting in expectation at the gate by a system of challenges and provocations.
When my mother left her second husband, she wrote her autobiography and presented it to him for his approval.
Architects and engineers are among the most fortunate of men since they build their own monuments with public consent, public approval and often public money.
The pursuit of approval usually ends in disaster.
I hope we do not see another Iraq-type operation for a long time without UN approval and much broader support from the international community.
Lean too much on the approval of people, and it becomes a bed of thorns
As much as we thirst for approval we dread condemnation.
Care about people's approval and you will be their prisoner.
He gains everyone's approval who mixes the pleasant with the useful.
Applause felt like approval, and it became a drug that soothed the pain, but only temporarily.
I feel obliged to withhold my approval of the plan to indulge in benevolent and charitable sentiment through the appropriation of public funds... I find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution
A widow is a fascinating being with the flavor of maturity, the spice of experience, the piquancy of novelty, the tang of practiced coquetry, and the halo of one man's approval.
So far as drinking is concerned, you have my hearty approval; for wine does of a truth moisten the soul and lull our griefs to sleep....[and with small cups] we shall ...be brought by its gentle persuasion to a more sportive mood
"My thoughts are not your thoughts. For as high as the heavens are the above the earth, so are my thoughts above your thoughts, my ways above your ways." should be written over every pulpit. Because so often we think that God's ways are our ways. God's thoughts are our thoughts. And we created God in our own image and likeness saying, "God approves of this. God forbids that. God desires the other."
This is where some of the worst atrocities of religion have come from. Because people have used [it] to give a sacred seal of a divine approval to some of their most worst hatreds, loathings, and fears. Whereas to the great theologians what I found when I was studying for A History Of God the great theologians in all three of the monotheistic religions, Jewish, Christian, Muslim all insisted that yes, God was personal. But God went beyond the personal.
You shouldn't speak glibly about God in Judaism you may not speak God's name as a reminder that any human expression of the divine is likely to be so limited as to be blasphemous. But God should challenge your assumptions you shouldn't imagine you've got Him in your pocket.
Parents rarely let go of their children, so children let go of them. They move on. They move away. The moments that used to define them - a mother's approval, a father's nod - are covered by moments of their own accomplishments. It is not until much later, as the skin sags and the heart weakens, that children understand; their stories, and all their accomplishments, sit atop the stories of their mothers and fathers, stones upon stones, beneath the waters of their lives.