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Having the critics praise you is like having the hangman say you've got a pretty neck.
As a child of God, our whole reason for existing is to give God praise. What a testimony to give in a difficult situation.
It's easy to praise God in the good times, but what about when the storms of your flesh are a-brewin'? Not so easy then!
Anybody who instantly goes from being a poet and a graduate student to being a public figure has to be in a state of shock. First people want to praise you, and then they want to attack you. No one can prepare you for it.
It is easy enough to praise men for the courage of their convictions. I wish I could teach the sad young of this mealy generation the courage of their confusions.
Among the smaller duties of life I hardly know any one more important than that of not praising where praise is not due.
Nothing is more effective than sincere, accurate praise, and nothing is more lame than a cookie-cutter compliment.
Modesty is the only sure bait when you angle for praise.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
Taking an interest in what others are thinking and doing is often a much more powerful form of encouragement than praise.
Praise is warming and desirable. But it is an earned thing. It has to be deserved, like a hug from a child.
Christ himself wrote nothing, but furnished endless material for books and songs of gratitude and praise.
It's funny how we 'do' Christmas. Christmas is not something that we do, it is something that was done. It celebrates the long awaited arrival of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. We had nothing to do with it, but what we can do is praise God for the coming of the Lord, who washed away the sins of the world by dying on the cross.
To praise it would amount to praising myself. For the entire content of the work... coincides almost exactly with my own meditations which have occupied my mind for the past thirty or thirty-five years.
Carl Friedrich Gauss
Once in a while, I see my fellow TV investors praise a business just because they like the entrepreneur behind it. That kind of thinking might make you feel warm and fuzzy inside - but let's get back to reality.
It is a sign that your reputation is small and sinking if your own tongue must praise you.
Unjust attacks on public men do them more good than unmerited praise.
Rutherford B. Hayes
Whenever I received too much praise, it just didn't feel right to me - ever.
We think of ourselves as our titles or our jobs or our position in a family. We depend on being praised by others. But something happens when that praise is undermined.
Although strength should fail, the effort will deserve praise. In great enterprises the attempt is enough.
I seriously don't take praise to my heart or to my head. I only want to work harder and never get complacent.
We should love the body insofar as it is obedient and helpful to the soul, since the soul, with the body's help and service, is better disposed for the service and praise of our Creator and Lord.
Praise the sea, on shore remain.
We love to receive praise, but usually we're not certain what message, precisely, we should take from it. On the other hand, when someone points out our flaws, we realize immediately that something needs to change.
The way to praise a poet is to write a poem.
According to my principles, every master has his true and certain value. Praise and criticism cannot change any of that. Only the work itself praises and criticizes the master, and therefore I leave to everyone his own value.
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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