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None can be pleased without praise, and few can be praised without falsehood.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value only to its scarcity. It becomes cheap as it becomes vulgar, and will no longer raise expectation or animate enterprise.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

We always make our friend appear awkward and ridiculous by giving him a laced suit of tawdry qualifications, which nature never intended him to wear.
      - Junius (pseudonym, possibly of Sir Philip Francis)

Do not fancy, as too many do, that thou canst praise God by singing hymns to Him in church once a week, and disobeying Him all the week long. He asks of thee works as well as words; and more, He asks of thee works first and words after.
      - Charles Kingsley

Never praise a sister to a sister in the hope of your compliments reaching the proper ears.
      - Rudyard Kipling

He who does without the praise of the crowd will not deny himself an opportunity to be his own adherent.
      - Karl Kraus

Praise, of all things, is the most powerful excitement to commendable actions, and animates us in our enterprises.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

There is a species of ferocity in rejecting indiscriminately all kinds of praises; we should be accessible to those which are given to us by good people, who praise in us sincerely praiseworthy things.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

A little praise is good for a shy temper; it teaches it to rely on the kindness of others.
      - Walter Savage Landor

The refusal of praise is only the wish to be praised twice.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

We are not fond of praising, and never praise any one except from interested motives. Praise is a clever, concealed, and delicate flattery, which gratifies in different ways the giver and the receiver. The one takes it as a recompense of his merit, and the other bestows it to display his equity and discernment.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

A refusal of praise is a desire to be praised twice.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld, Maxims
         (no. 152)

That is fine, and I would have praised you more had you praised me less.
  [Fr., Cela est beau, et je vous louerais davantage si vous m'aviez loue moins.]
      - attributed to Louis XIV ("Le Grand")

It is singular how impatient men are with overpraise of others, how patient of overpraise of themselves; and yet the one does them no injury, while the other may be their ruin.
      - James Russell Lowell

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 sweeter sound of woman's praise.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay,
        Lines Written on the Night of 30th of July, 1847

Praise is the symbol which represents sympathy, and which the mind insensibly substitutes for its recollection and language.
      - Sir James Mackintosh

Praise begets emulation,--a goodly seed to sow among youthful students.
      - Horace Mann

You may be liberal in your praise where praise is due: it costs nothing; it encourages much.
      - Horace Mann

Praise consists in the love of God, in wonder at the goodness of God, in recognition of the gifts of God, in seeing God in all things He gives us, ay, and even in the things that He refuses to us; so as to see our whole life in the light of God; and seeing this, to bless Him, adore Him, and glorify Him.
      - Henry Edward Manning

He who praises you for what you have not, wishes to take from you what you have.
      - Don Juan Manuel, Prince of Castile

Praise is the best auxiliary to prayer; and he who most bears in mind what has been done for him by God will be most emboldened to supplicate fresh gifts from above.
      - Henry Melvill

Praise from an enemy smells of craft.
      - John Milton

Join voices, all ye living souls: ye birds,
  That singing up to heaven-gate ascend,
    Bear on your wings and in your notes his praise.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. V, l. 197)

And touch'd their golden harps, and hymning praised
  God and his works.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. VII, l. 258)

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