Praise Quotes

A man who does not love praise is not a full man.

Henry Ward Beecher

Praise invariably implies a reference to a higher standard.


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

Johann Lavater

Sandwich every bit of criticism between two thick layers of praise.

Mary Kay Ash

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

Alexander Pope

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

The praise of ancient authors proceeds not from the reverence of the dead, but from the competition and mutual envy of the living.

Thomas Hobbes

An ingenuous mind feels in unmerited praise the bitterest reproof.

Walter Landor

If you're sincere, praise is effective. If you're insincere, it's manipulative.

Zig Ziglar

Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value only to its scarcity.

Samuel Johnson

An honest man is hurt by praise unjustly bestowed.

French Proverb

Admonish your friends privately, but praise them openly

Publilius Syrus

It is the greatest possible praise to be praised by a man who is himself deserving of praise.

Latin Proverb

A little praise is not only merest justice but is beyond the purse of no one

Emily Post

Where there is no difficulty there is no praise

Samuel Johnson

In doing what we ought we deserve no praise.

Latin Proverb

Praise or blame has but a momentary effect on the man whose love of beauty in the abstract makes him a severe critic on his own works.

John Keats

You do ill to praise, but worse to censure, what you do not understand

Leonardo da Vinci

There is not one wise man in twenty that will praise himself.

William Shakespeare

The chief ingredients in the composition of those qualities that gain esteem and praise, are good nature, truth, good sense, and good breeding

Joseph Addison

Modesty and unselfishness - these are virtues which men praise - and pass by.

AndrČ Maurois

The skilful class of flatterers praise the discourse of an ignorant friend and the face of a deformed one.


A classic is a book which people praise and don't read.

Mark Twain

Look to your health; and if you have it, praise God and value it next to conscience; for health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of, a blessing money can't buy.

Izaak Walton
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