Quotes About Praise

He writes so well he makes me feel like putting the quill back in the goose.
Fred Allen

Well done is better than well said.
Benjamin Franklin

I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House — with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dines alone.
John F. Kennedy

They say, “Gee, you look great.”  That means they thought you looked like hell before.
Richard M. Nixon

The advantage of doing one’s praising for oneself is that one can lay it on thick and exactly in the right places.
Samuel Butler

His life was gentle and the elements so mixed in him that nature might stand on its feet and say to all the world — this was a man!
William Shakespeare

This is a moment that I deeply wish my parents could have lived to share.  My father would have enjoyed what you have so generously said of me — and my mother would have believed it.
Lyndon B. Johnson

We recognize that flattery is poison, but its perfume intoxicates us.
Charles Varlet de La Grange

Baloney is the unvarnished lie laid on so thick you hate it.  Blarney is flattery laid on so thin you love it.
Bishop Fulton J. Sheen

Flattery is all right — if you don’t inhale.
Adlai E. Stevenson

Some people pay a compliment as if they expected a receipt.
Kin Hubbard

A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.
Victor Hugo

Let us now praise famous men, and our fathers that begat us.
Ecclesiasticus 44:1
I will praise any man that will praise me.
William Shakespeare

Flattery is like cologne water, to be smelt of, not swallowed.
Josh Billings

I can live for two months on a good compliment.
Mark Twain

It is more difficult to praise rightly than to blame.
Thomas Fuller

Praise is the only gift which people are really grateful.
Marguerite, Countess of Blessington

Whenever the occasion arose, he rose to the occasion.
Jonathan Brown, on Diego Velazquez

A man doesn’t live by bread alone.  He needs buttering up once in a while.
Robert H. Henry

To withhold deserved praise lest it should make its object conceited is as dishonest as to withhold payment of a just debt lest your creditor should spend the money badly.
George Bernard Shaw

The greatest honor that can come to man is the appreciation and high regard of his fellow man.
H. G. Mendelson



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