“Everybody likes a compliment.” -Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)
“Praise works with only three types of people; men, women, and children.” -Author Unknown
Arnold Bennett, the British novelist, had a publisher who boasted about the extraordinary efficiency of his secretary. One day while visiting the publisher’s office, Bennett asked her: “Your boss claims you’re extremely efficient. What’s your secret?” “It’s not my secret,” said the secretary, “it’s his.” Each time she did something for him, no matter how insignificant, she explained, he never failed to acknowledge and appreciate it. Because of this, she took infinite pains with her work.
“I can live for two months on a good compliment.” -Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835 -1910))
“Remember the compliments you have received and forget the rude remarks.” -Author Unknown
’Tis an old maxim in the schools,
That flattery’s the food of fools;
Yet now and then your men of wit
Will condescend to take a bit.
-Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745): “Cadenus and Vanessa” (1713)
“Celebrate what you want to see more of.” -Tom Peters (born 1942)
“When you feel in need of a compliment, give one to someone else.” -Author Unknown
“You know, somebody actually complimented me on my driving today. They left a little note on the windshield; it said ‘Parking Fine.’ So that was nice.” -Tim Vine
“The sweetest of all sounds is praise.” -Xenophon (430 B.C.E. - 352 B.C.E.) (about 380 B.C.E.)
“Any man’s life will be filled with constant and unexpected encouragement if he makes up his mind to do his level best each day.” -Booker T. Washington (Booker Taliaferro Washington (1856 - 1915))
An Old Person of Filey
There was an old person of Filey,
Of whom his acquaintance spoke highly;
He danced perfectly well,
To the sound of a bell,
And delighted the people of Filey.
“A person places themselves on a level with the ones they praise.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
“Correction does much, but encouragement does more.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
“What really flatters a man is that you think him worth flattering.” -George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950): “John Bull’s Other Island” (1904), Act 4
“Note how good you feel after you have encouraged someone else. No other argument is necessary to suggest that one never miss the opportunity to give encouragement.” -George Adams (George Matthew Adams (1878 - 1962))
“You can’t eat compliments.” -Charles M. Schulz (Charles Monroe ‘Sparky’ Schulz (1922 - 2000)): “Things I’ve Had to Learn Over and Over Again (Plus a Few Minor Discoveries)” (1984)
“Flattery must be pretty thick before anybody objects to it.” -William Feather (1889 - 1981): “The Business of Life” (1949)
“Appreciate good people. They are hard to come by.” -Author Unknown
“Praise does wonders for our sense of hearing.” -Arnold H. Glasow (Arnold Henry Glasow (1905 - 1998))
“The most effective way to achieve right relations with any living thing is to look for the best in it, and then help that best into the fullest expression.” -J. Allen Boone
“Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value only to its scarcity.” -Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784): “The Rambler” (6 June 1751)
“Praise makes good Men better, and bad Men worse.” -Thomas Fuller (1654 - 1734): “Gnomologia: Adages and Proverbs” (1732), number 3918
High praise indeed . . . comes from mountaintops!
“Be advised that all flatterers live at the expense of those who listen to them.” -Jean de La Fontaine (1621 - 1695)
“The people who are lifting the world onward and upward are those who encourage more than they criticize.” -Elizabeth Harrison
“People are in greater need of your praise when they try and fail, than when they try and succeed.” -Bob Moawad
“Flattery is like chewing gum. Enjoy it but don’t swallow it.” -Hank Ketcham
Overheard: If you can’t get a compliment any other way, pay yourself one.
“One kind word can change someone’s entire day.” -Author Unknown
“. . . envy is a kind of praise.” -John Gay (1685 - 1732)
“When your goal is to build people up, to make them feel better, to share in their joy, you too reap the rewards of their positive feelings. The next time you have the chance to correct someone, even if their facts are a little off, resist the temptation. Instead, ask yourself, “What do I really want out of this interaction?” Chances are, what you want is a peaceful interaction where all parties leave feeling good. Each time you resist ‘being right,’ and instead choose kindness, you’ll notice a peaceful feeling within.” -Richard Carlson
Flattery: False praise, a form of lying; see also exaggeration, another form of lying.
Compliment: A hug by way of words.
You are not just another fish in the sea . . . You are the best!
“Flatterers look like friends, as wolves like dogs.” -George Chapman
“A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.” -Victor Hugo (Victor Marie Hugo (1802 - 1885))
“Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well-timed, sincere words of praise. They’re absolutely free and worth a fortune.” -Sam Walton (1918 - 1992)
“Never let an opportunity pass to say a kind or encouraging word to another person.” -Author Unknown
“Fair words butter no parsnips.” -John Clarke (1596 - 1658): “Paroemiologia” (1639), page 21
“Praise is like sunlight to the human spirit: we cannot flower and grow without it.” -Jess Lair
“When someone does something well, applaud! You will make two people happy.” -Samuel Goldwyn (also known as Samuel Goldfish, born as Szmuel Gelbfisz (1879 - 1974))
“When a proud Man hears another praised, he thinks himself injured.” -Thomas Fuller (1654 - 1734)
“I have always said that if I were a rich man I’d hire a professional praiser.” -Osbert Sitwell
“Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver.” -Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797): “Reflections on the Revolution in France” (1790)
“Compliment people; magnify their strengths, not their weaknesses.” -Author Unknown
“Let’s cease thinking of our accomplishments, our wants. Let’s try to figure out the other man’s good points. Then forget flattery. Give honest, sincere appreciation. Be hearty in your approbation and lavish in your praise, and people will cherish your words and treasure them and repeat them over a lifetime - repeat them years after you have forgotten them.” -Dale Carnegie (Dale Breckenridge Carnegie (1888 - 1955))
“I would like to compliment you on the fine job you are doing of complimenting me.” -Author Unknown
“You are every lovely word I could possibly think of.” -Author Unknown
“Compliments are free of cost and obligation; indeed, they are ‘complimentary.’” -Author Unknown
“Encourage one another. Many times a word of praise or thanks or appreciation or cheer has kept people on their feet.” -Charles R. Swindoll (Charles Rozell ‘Chuck’ Swindoll (born 1934))
“Compliments are the gift of prosperity. I have learned to accept them graciously.” -Louise Hay (Louise Lynn Hay (1926 - 2017))
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