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





No matter how busy you are, you must take time to make the other person feel important.


Mary Kay Ash (1918-2001, American businesswoman, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics)


Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, "Make me feel important." Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life.


Mary Kay Ash (1918-2001, American businesswoman, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics)


There are two things people want more than sex and money...recognition and praise.


Mary Kay Ash (1918-2001, American businesswoman, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics)


To praise is an investment in happiness.


George M. Adams (1878-1962, American author)


Admiration; is our polite recognition of another's resemblance to ourselves.


Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914, American author, editor, journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary")


There's nothing so rewarding as to make people realize they are worthwhile in this world.


Bob Anderson (1947-, American dart game champion)


Praise invariably implies a reference to a higher standard.


Aristotle (BC 384-322, Greek philosopher)


The act of divine worship is the inestimable privilege of man, the only created being who bows in humility and adoration.


Hosea Ballou (1771-1852, American theologian, founder of "Universalism")


The praise that comes from love does not make us vain, but more humble.


James M. Barrie (1860-1937, British playwright)


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, American preacher, orator, writer)


Praise does wonders for the sense of hearing.


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Eulogy. Praise of a person who has either the advantages of wealth and power, or the consideration to be dead.


Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914, American author, editor, journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary")


Attach yourself to those who advise you rather than praise you.


Nicholas Boileau (1636-1711, French literary poet, critic)


Praising an honest person who doesn't deserve it, always wounds them.


Nicholas Boileau (1636-1711, French literary poet, critic)


To say, "well done" to any bit of good work is to take hold of the powers which have made the effort and strengthen them beyond our knowledge.


Phillips Brooks (1835-1893, American minister, poet)


If anything goes bad, I did it. If anything goes semi-good, then we did it. If anything goes real good, then you did it. That's all it takes to get people to win football games.


Bear Bryant (1913-1983, American football coach)


There's not much you cannot do if you'll give the credit to others.


Teeter M. Buchanan


Praise out of season, or tactlessly bestowed, can freeze the heart as much as blame.


Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973, American novelist)


How little praise warms out of a man the good that is in him, as the sneer of contempt which he feels is unjust chill the ardor to excel.


Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873, British novelist, poet)


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


Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)


By recognizing a favorable opinion of yourself and taking pleasure in it, you in a measure give yourself and your peace of mind into the keeping of another, of whose attitude you can never be certain. You have a new source of doubt and apprehension.


Charles Horton Cooley (1864-1929, American sociologist)


One should use praise to recognize what one is not.


Elias Canetti (1905-1994, Austrian novelist, philosopher)


We are motivated by a keen desire for praise, and the better a man is the more he is inspired by glory. The very philosophers themselves, even in those books which they write in contempt of glory, inscribe their names.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


It takes so little to make people happy. Just a touch, If we know how to give it, just a word fitly spoken, a slight readjustment of some bolt or pin or bearing in the delicate machinery of a soul.


Frank Crane (American actor)


Appreciative words are the most powerful force for good on earth!


George W. Crane


Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A world of optimism and hope. A "you can do it" when things are tough.


Richard M. DeVos (1926-, American businessman, co-founder of Amway Corp.)


The only way to escape the personal corruption of praise is to go on working.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


I've always been a sucker for attention.


Cuba Gooding Jr. (1968-, American actor, dancer, musician)


Some natures are too good to be spoiled by praise.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


When I was praised I lost my time, for instantly I turned around to look at the work I had thought slightly of, and that day I made nothing new.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


There is no belittling worse than to over-praise a man.


Owen Felltham (1602-1668, British author)


We increase whatever we praise. The whole creation responds to praise, and is glad.


Charles Fillmore (American co-founder of Unity School of Christianity)


If you treat an individual... as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


When someone does something good, applaud! You will make two people happy.


Samuel Goldwyn (1882-1974, American film producer, founder of MGM)


He is not praised whose praiser deserveth not praise.


Gabriel Harvey


Sometimes we deny being worthy of praise, hoping to generate an argument we would be pleased to lose.


Cullen Hightower


Sweet is the scene where genial friendship plays the pleasing game of interchanging praise.


Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894, American author, wit, poet)


How does it happen, Maecenas, that no one is content with that lot of which he has chosen or which chance has thrown his way, but praises those who follow a different course?


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


I know, indeed, of nothing more subtle, satisfying and cheering than a knowledge of the real good will and appreciation of others. Such happiness does not come with money, nor does it flow from a fine physical state. It cannot be bought. But it is the keenest joy, after all; and the toiler's truest and best reward.


William Dean Howells (1837-1920, American novelist, critic)


Everyone has an invisible sign hanging from their neck saying, "Make me feel important." Never forget this message when working with people.


Mary Kay


Praise God even when you don't understand what He is doing.


Henry Jacobsen


What every genuine philosopher (every genuine man, in fact) craves most is praise -- although the philosophers generally call it "recognition"!


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


A continual feast of commendation is only to be obtained by merit or by wealth: many are therefore obliged to content themselves with single morsels, and recompense the infrequency of their enjoyment by excess and riot, whenever fortune sets the banquet before them.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


He who praises everybody, praises nobody.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


The real satisfaction which praise can afford, is when what is repeated aloud agrees with the whispers of conscience, by showing us that we have not endeavored to deserve well in vain.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


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


Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936, British author of Prose, Verse)


A heap of epithets is poor praise: the praise lies in the facts, and in the way of telling them.


Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696, French classical writer)


A refusal of praise is a desire to be praised twice.


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


Our desire and urge to be praiseworthy of others strengthens our own good qualities; and praise that is given to wit, valor, and beauty, tends to increase them.


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


Some blames are actually praise, and some praises are actually blame.


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


To refuse praise reveals a desire to be praised twice over.


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


We exaggerate the glory of some men in order to detract from that of others.


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


We often select envenomed praise which by a reaction upon those we praise shows faults we could not have shown by any other means.


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


When we disclaim praise, it is only showing our desire to be praised a second time.


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


Three words of praise will soften anybody's heart.


T. C. Lai


A man is never more serious than when he praises himself.


Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799, German physicist, satirist)


The surest plan to make a man is, think him so.


James Russell Lowell (1819-1891, American poet, critic, editor)


There is no investment you can make which will pay you so well as the effort to scatter sunshine and good cheer through your establishment.


Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)


There is no stimulus like that which comes from the consciousness of knowing that others believe in us.


Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)


There is no praise to beat the sort you can put in your pocket.


Jean Baptiste Moliere (1622-1673, French playwright)


Has a woman who knew she was well-dressed ever caught a cold?


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


So long as men praise you, you can only be sure that you are not yet on your own true path but on someone else's.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


So long as you are praised think only that you are not yet on your own path but on that of another.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


Undeserved praise causes more pangs of conscience later than undeserved blame, but probably only for this reason, that our powers of judgment are more completely exposed by being overpraised than by being unjustly underestimated.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


I love eulogies. They are the most moving kind of speech because they attempt to pluck meaning from the fog, and on short order, when the emotions are still ragged and raw and susceptible to leaps.


Peggy Noonan (1950-, American author, presidential speechwriter)


You can handle people more successfully by enlisting their feelings than by convincing their reason.


Paul P. Parker


The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.


Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993, American Christian reformed pastor, speaker, author)


We are apt to love praise, but not deserve it. But if we would deserve it, we must love virtue more than that.


William Penn (1644-1718, British religious leader, founder of Pennsylvania)


The simple act of paying positive attention to people has a great deal to do with productivity.


Thomas J. Peters (1942-, American management consultant, author, lecturer)


Many know how to flatter, few know how to praise.


Wendell Phillips (1811-1884, American reformer, orator)


Someone praising a man for his foolhardy bravery, Cato, the elder, said, "There is a wide difference between true courage and a mere contempt of life."


Plutarch (46-120, Greek essayist, biographer)


Fondly we think we honor merit then, When we but praise ourselves in other men.


Alexander Pope (1688-1744, British poet, critic, translator)


Praise undeserved, is satire in disguise.


Alexander Pope (1688-1744, British poet, critic, translator)


Those who know how to praise also know how to lie.


Albanian Proverb


Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition.


American Proverb (Sayings of American origin)


Many people love to praise right and do wrong.


Danish Proverb (Sayings of Danish origin)


Praise the sea but keep on land.


English Proverb (Sayings of British origin)


The best way to get praise is to die.


Italian Proverb (Sayings of Italian origin)


The best way to get praise is to die.


Italian Proverb (Sayings of Italian origin)


Get someone else to blow your horn and the sound will carry twice as far.


Will Rogers (1879-1935, American humorist, actor)


We find it easy to believe that praise is sincere: Why should anyone lie in telling us the truth?


Jean Rostand (1894-1977, French biologist, writer)


Call the bald man, "Boy;" make the sage thy toy; greet the youth with solemn face; praise the fat man for his grace.


Helen Rowland (1875-1950, American journalist)


I have yet to find the man, however exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism.


Charles M. Schwab (1862-1939, American industrialist, businessman)


There's not one wise man among twenty will praise himself.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


It is great happiness to be praised of them who are most praiseworthy.


Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586, British author, courtier)


I do believe in praising that which deserves to be praised.


Dean Smith (1931-, American college basketball coach)


Among the smaller duties of life I hardly know any one more important than that of not praising where praise is not due.


Sydney Smith (1771-1845, British writer, clergyman)


I know of no manner of speaking so offensive as that of giving praise, and closing it with an exception.


Sir Richard Steele (1672-1729, British dramatist, essayist, editor)


Praise from an enemy is the most pleasing of all commendations.


Sir Richard Steele (1672-1729, British dramatist, essayist, editor)


Their silence is praise enough.


Terence (Roman writer of comedies)


Let another praise you and not your own mouth, a stranger and not your own lips.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


Praise is not seemly in the mouth of a sinner, for it was not sent him of the Lord.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Ecclesiastes 15:9


I'm a bit of a P. T. Barnum. I make stars out of everyone.


Donald Trump (1946-, American businessman, actor)


If you must strike a man from behind, slap hi on the back.


Author Unknown


It is usually best to be generous with praise, but cautious with criticism.


Author Unknown


People blame themselves for the purpose of being praised.


Author Unknown


Praise makes good people better and bad people worse.


Author Unknown


The pain we feel when someone leaves our life is in direct proportion to the joy they bring while a part of our life for a few moments. In my life you made me feel as if I truly meant something to someone


Author Unknown


They that value not praise, will never do anything worthy of it.


Author Unknown


When life seems just a dreary grind; and things seem fated to annoy; say something nice to someone else and watch the world light up with joy.


Author Unknown


Men sometimes feel injured by praise because it assigns a limit to their merit; few people are modest enough not to take offense that one appreciates them.


Marquis De Vauvenargues (1715-1747, French moralist)


People often feel offended by praise because it designates a limit to their excellence. Few people are modest enough not to be offended by someone appreciating them.


Marquis De Vauvenargues (1715-1747, French moralist)


A man desires praise that he may be reassured, that he may be quit of his doubting of himself; he is indifferent to applause when he is confident of success.


Alec Waugh (1898-1981, British novelist, travel writer)


A pat on the back is only a few vertebrae removed from a kick in the pants, but is miles ahead in results.


Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1855-1919, American poet, journalist)


I have believed the best of every man. And find that to believe is enough to make a bad man show his best, or even a good man swing his lantern higher.


William Butler Yeats (1865-1939, Irish poet, playwright.)


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