Approval Quotes

Lean too much on the approval of people, and it becomes a bed of thorns

Tehyi Hsieh

The deepest principle of human nature is the craving to be appreciated.

William James

Care about people's approval and you will be their prisoner.

Lao Tzu

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

Mark Twain

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.

Mark Twain

The applause of a single human being is of great consequence.

Samuel Johnson

People who want the most approval get the least and people who need approval the least get the most.

Wayne Dyer

The need to be approved by others is your own need to be approved by yourself

Gabrielle Wichowski

Those whose approval you seek most give you the least.

Rozanne Weissman

Please all, and you will please none.


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.

Andre Breton

Do not look for approval except for the consciousness of doing your best.

Andrew Carnegie

As much as we thirst for approval we dread condemnation.

Hans Selye

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.

Anita Baker
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