Always when I see a man fond of praise I always think it is because he is an affectionate man craving for affection.
The shame that arises from praise which we do not deserve often makes us do things we should otherwise never have attempted.
Neither praise nor blame is the object of true criticism. Justly to discriminate, firmly to establish, wisely to prescribe and honestly to award - these are the true aims and duties of criticism.
Everyone in our culture wants to win a prize. Perhaps that is the grand lesson we have taken with us from kindergarten in the age of perversions of Dewey-style education: everyone gets a ribbon, and praise becomes a meaningless narcotic to soothe egoistic distemper.
Neither blame or praise yourself.
History is the story of events, with praise or blame.
Some praise at morning what they blame at night.
In doing what we ought we deserve no praise, because it is our duty.
Praise the sea; on shore remain
Wonder is involuntary praise.
It has been said in praise of some men, that they could take whole hours together upon anything; but it must be owned to the honor of the other sex that there are many among them who can talk whole hours together upon nothing. I have known a woman branch out into a long extempore dissertation on the edging of a petticoat, and chide her servant for breaking a china cup, in all the figures of rhetoric.
Praise your children and they will blossom!
Journalists aren't supposed to praise things. It's a violation of work rules almost as serious as buying drinks with our own money or absolving the CIA of something.
Having the critics praise you is like having the hangman say you've got a pretty neck.
I praise loudly, I blame softly
If one man praises you, a thousand will repeat the praise
In doing what we ought we deserve no praise
An honest man is hurt by praise unjustly bestowed
Praise shames me, for I secretly beg for it.
Sweet is the scene where genial friendship plays The pleasing game of interchanging praise.
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.
Words of praise, indeed, are almost as necessary to warm a child into a genial life as acts of kindness and affection. Judicious praise is to children what the sun is to flowers.
Praise in the beginning is agreeable enough, and we receive it as a favor; but when it comes in great quantities, we regard it only as a debt, which nothing but our merit could extort.
Jesus of Nazareth, without money and arms, conquered more millions than Alexander the Great, Caesar, Mohammed, and Napoleon; without science and learning, he shed more light on things human and divine than all philosophers and scholars combined; without the eloquence of school, he spoke such words of life as were never spoken before or since, and produced effects which lie beyond the reach of orator or poet; without writing a single line, he set more pens in motion, and furnished themes for more sermons, orations, discussions, learned volumes, works of art, and songs of praise than the whole army of great men of ancient and modern times.
The skilful class of flatterers praise the discourse of an ignorant friend and the face of a deformed one.