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Of whom to be disprais'd were no small praise.
- John Milton, Paradise Regained
(bk. III, l. 56)
Sweet is the breath of praise when given by those whose own high merit claims the praise they give.
- Hannah More
Approbation from Sir Hubert Stanley is praise indeed.
- Thomas Morton, Cure for the Heartache
(act V, sc. 2)
It is the greatest possible praise to be praised by a man who is himself deserving of praise.
- Old Latin Saying
As the Greek said, "Many men know how to flatter, few men know how to praise."
- Wendell Phillips
It is no flattery to give a friend a due character; for commendation is as much the duty of a friend as reprehension.
Those are greedy of praise prove that they are poor in merit.
Those who are greedy of praise prove that they are poor in merit.
His praise is lost who waits till all commend.
- Alexander Pope
To what base ends, and by what abject ways,
Are mortals urg'd through sacred lust of praise!
- Alexander Pope, Essay on Criticism
Praise undeserved is scandal in disguise.
- Alexander Pope,
First Epistle of Second Book of Horace
Solid pudding against empty praise.
- Alexander Pope, The Dunciad (bk. I, l. 54)
A little praise is not only merest justice but is beyond the purse of no one.
- Emily Post
Be not too great a niggard in the commendations of him that professes thy own quality: if he deserve thy praise, thou hast discovered thy judgment; if not, thy modesty: honor either returns or reflects to the giver.
- Francis Quarles
It is not he who searches for praise who finds it.
- Antoine de Rivarol, Comte de Rivarol
Get someone else to blow your horn and the sound will carry twice as far.
- Will Rogers
It's hard for a fellow to keep a chip on his shoulder if you allow him to take a bow.
- Billy Rose
Delightful praise!--like summer rose,
That brighter in the dew-drop glows,
The bashful maiden's cheek appear'd,
For Douglas spoke, and Malcolm heard.
- Sir Walter Scott, The Lady of the Lake
(canto II, st. 24)
He deserves praise who does not what he may, but what he ought.
[Lat., Id facere laus est quod decet, non quod licet.]
- Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Octavia
Good things should be praised.
- William Shakespeare
Praising what is lost
Makes the remembrance dear.
- William Shakespeare,
All's Well That Ends Well
(King of France at V, iii)
Thou wilt say anon he is some kin to thee,
Thou spend'st such high-day wit in praising him.
- William Shakespeare,
The Merchant of Venice
(Portia at II, ix)
Our praises are our wages.
- William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale
(Hermione at I, ii)
Our continual desire for praise ought to convince us of our mortality, if nothing else will.
- Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)
It is a great happiness to be praised of them that are most praiseworthy.
- Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)
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