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PRAISE
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The commendation of adversaries is the greatest triumph of a writer, because it never comes unless extorted.
      - John Dryden

Bid a singer in a chorus, Know Thyself; and will he not turn for the knowledge to the others, his fellows in the chorus, and to his harmony with them?
      - attributed to Epictetus

For the good, when praised, feel something of disgust, if to excess commended.
      - Euripides

Praise has different effects, according to the mind it meets with; it makes a wise man modest, but a fool more arrogant, turning his weak brain giddy.
      - Owen Felltham (Feltham)

When needs he must, yet faintly then he praises;
  Somewhat the deed, much more the means he raises:
    So marreth what he makes, and praising most, dispraises.
      - Phineas Fletcher, The Purple Island
         (canto VII, st. 67)

Thou mayst be more prodigal of praise when thou writest a letter than when thou speakest in presence.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

Praise is only praise when well addressed.
      - John Gay

Praising all alike, is praising none.
      - John Gay

What woman can resist the force of praise?
      - John Gay

Long open panegyric drags at best,
  And praise is only praise when well address'd.
      - John Gay ep. I, l. 29

When you praise someone you call yourself his equal.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

Good people all, with one accord,
  Lament for Madame Blaize,
    Who never wanted a good word--
      From those who spoke her praise.
      - Oliver Goldsmith,
        Elegy on Mrs. Mary Blaize

The praises of others may be of use in teaching us, not what we are, but what we ought to be.
      - Augustus William Hare

What a person praises is perhaps a surer standard, even than what he condemns, of his own character, information and abilities.
      - Augustus William Hare

To be forward to praise others implies either great eminence, that can afford to, part with applause; or great quickness of discernment, with confidence in our own judgments; or great sincerity and love of truth, getting the better of our self-love.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

He only profits from praise who values criticism.
      - Heinrich Heine

Lord! who hath praise enough?
      - George Herbert

False praise is always confined to the great.
      - Henry Home, Lord Kames

Praise me not too much,
  Nor blame me, for thou speakest to the Greeks
    Who know me.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. X, l. 289), (Bryant's translation)

Praise from a friend, or censure from a foe,
  Are lost on hearers that our merits know.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. X, l. 293), (Pope's translation)

A eulogist of past times.
  [Lat., Laudator temporis acti.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Ars Poetica (173)

To please great men is not the last degree of praise.
  [Lat., Principibus placuisse viris non ultima laus est.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Epistles (I, 17, 35)

Praise never gives us much pleasure unless it concur with our own opinion, and extol us for those qualities in which we chiefly excel.
      - David Hume

He who praises everybody praises nobody.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")


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