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- Be thou the first true merit to befriend, his praise is lost who stays till all commend.
- Alexander Pope (1688 - 1744)
- There are two modes of establishing our reputation: to be praised by honest men, and to be abused by rogues. It is best, however, to secure the former, because it will invariably be accompanied by the latter.
- Charles Caleb Colton (1780 - 1832)
- Such praise coming from so degraded a source, was degrading to me, its recipient.
- Cicero (106 BC - 43 BC)
- He who praises you for what you lack wishes to take from you what you have.
- Don Juan Manuel (1282 - 1349)
- It is a sign of a creeping inner death when we no longer can praise the living.
- Eric Hoffer (1902 - 1983)
- The meanest, most contemptible kind of praise is that which first speaks well of a man, and then qualifies it with a "but".
- Henry Ward Beecher (1813 - 1887)
- Praise the young and they will flourish.
- Irish Proverb
- The praise that comes from love does not make us vain, but more humble.
- James M. Barrie (1860 - 1937)
- You do ill if you praise, but worse if you censure, what you do not understand.
- Leonardo da Vinci (1452 - 1519)
- We are always more anxious to be distinguished for a talent which we do not possess, than to be praised for the fifteen which we do possess.
- Mark Twain (1835 - 1910), Mark Twain's Autobiography
- Don't discuss yourself, for you are bound to lose; if you belittle yourself, you are believed; if you praise yourself, you are disbelieved.
- Michel de Montaigne (1533 - 1592)
- Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value only to its scarcity.
- Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)
- Be not too hasty either with praise or blame; speak always as though you were giving evidence before the judgement-seat of the Gods.
- Seneca (5 BC - 65 AD)
- You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.
- Seneca (5 BC - 65 AD), Epistles
- Praise from the common people is generally false, and rather follows the vain than the virtuous.
- Sir Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)
- Real joy comes not from ease or riches or from the praise of men, but from doing something worthwhile.
- Sir Wilfred Grenfell (1865 - 1940)
- If a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it.
- Socrates (469 BC - 399 BC)
- Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions; but those who kindly reprove thy faults.
- Socrates (469 BC - 399 BC)
- Their silence is sufficient praise.
- Terence (185 BC - 159 BC)
- I do not confer praise or blame: I accept. I am the measure of all things. I am the centre of the world.
- W. Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965), 'Of Human Bondage', 1915
- People ask for criticism, but they only want praise.
- W. Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965), "Of Human Bondage", 1915
- I pay no attention whatever to anybody's praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings.
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)