An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





When millions applaud you seriously ask yourself what harm you have done; and when they disapprove you, what good.


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


The best compliment to a child or a friend is the feeling you give him that he has been set free to make his own inquiries, to come to conclusions that are right for him, whether or not they coincide with your own.


Alistair Cooke (1908-2004, British broadcaster, journalist)


No compliment can be eloquent, except as an expression of indifference.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


It's always worthwhile to make others aware of their worth.


Malcolm S. Forbes (1919-1990, American publisher, businessman)


Compliments cost nothing, yet many pay dear for them.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


Nothing makes people so worthy of compliments as receiving them. One is more delightful for being told one is delightful -- just as one is angrier for being told one is angry.


Katherine F. Gerould


Nothing is so silly as the expression of a man who is being complimented.


Andre Gide (1869-1951, French author)


A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.


Victor Hugo (1802-1885, French poet, dramatist, novelist)


Hunger is never delicate; they who are seldom gorged to the full with praise may be safely fed with gross compliments, for the appetite must be satisfied before it is disgusted.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Usually we praise only to be praised.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Everybody likes a compliment.


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved.


George MacDonald (1824-1905, Scottish novelist)


After my father had seen me in five or six things, he said, "Son, your mother and I really enjoyed your recent film, and I must say that you're a lot like John Wayne." And I said, "How so?" And he said, "Well, you're exactly the same in all your roles." Now, as a modern American actor, that's not what you want to hear. But for a guy who watched John Wayne movies and grew up in Iowa, it's a sterling compliment.


Dermot Mulroney (1963-, American actor, musician, producer)


If you see someone riding a bamboo-cane, tell him "What a lovely horse!"


African Proverb (Sayings of African origin)


Don't tell a woman she's pretty; tell her there's no other woman like her, and all roads will open to you.


Jules Renard (1864-1910, French author, dramatist)


There's nothing worse than someone coming up to me and going "Oh God, I really love your hair."


Gavin Rossdale (1967-, British-born American musician, singer, songwriter)


I really lack the words to compliment myself today.


Alberto Tomba


Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked what I thought, and attended to my answer.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


I can live for two months on a good compliment.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


I have been complimented many times and they always embarrass me; I always feel that they have not said enough.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


If you can't get a compliment any other way, pay yourself one.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


There is nothing you can say in answer to a compliment. I have been complimented myself a great many times, and they always embarrass me -- I always feel that they have not said enough.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


If people did not compliment one another there would be little society.


Marquis De Vauvenargues (1715-1747, French moralist)


Women are never disarmed by compliments. Men always are. That is the difference between the two sexes.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


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