Praise Proverbs

Sayings about Praise

Trust not the praise of a friend nor the contempt of an enemy. ~ Italian Proverbs

When a father praises his son, he flatters himself. ~ American Proverbs

When a fool is cursed, he thinks he is being praised. ~ Ethiopian Proverbs

Beware the man who lavishes too much praise on you, he will later run you down. ~ Arabian Proverbs

Condemn a man within earshot; praise him at a distance. ~ Yugoslavian Proverb

If you praise the man who taps the palm tree, he’ll put water in the palm wine. ~ Zanzibar Proverbs

The most highly praised woman is the one about whom no one speaks. ~ Chinese Proverbs

Every peddler praises his own needles. ~ Portuguese Proverbs

He who dispraises a thing wants to buy it. ~ French Proverbs

A man trying to sell a blind horse always praises its feet. ~ German Proverbs

Don’t praise my good fortune before I’m dead and buried. ~ Tibetan Proverbs

Praise makes good people better and bad people worse. ~ Traditional Proverb

Neither blame or praise yourself. ~ Traditional Proverb

Abuse often starts with praise. ~ Japanese Proverbs

Women never praise without gossiping. ~ Chinese Proverb

Never praise life in front of death, nor the beautiful day in front of night. ~ Spanish Proverbs

Old praise dies unless you feed it. ~ English Proverbs

Praise the ripe field, not the green corn. ~ Irish Proverbs

The envious never give praise, they only take it in. ~ Mexican Proverbs

The lizard that jumped from the high iroko tree to the ground said he would praise himself if no one else did. ~ African Proverb

Praise makes a bad man worse. ~ United States Proverb

A good book praises itself. ~ German Proverb

Women believe the strangest of lies as long as they are wrapped up in praise. ~ French Proverb

Pay the doctor, praise the Lord. ~ Jamaican Proverb

The praise of a thousand jesters counts for nothing against the reprimand of one wise man. ~ German Proverb

It is a sad situation for a son-in-law when his mother-in-law praises him. ~ Chinese Proverb

If one man praises you, a thousand will repeat the praise. ~ Japanese Proverb

Every sandpiper praises his own swamp. ~ Russian Proverb

Praise your horse tomorrow, your son when he has a beard, your daughter when she is married and yourself never. ~ Finnish Proverb

Every seller praises his wares. ~ Yiddish Proverb

Let someone else sing your praise. ~ New Zealander Proverb

In the presence of your neighbor don’t praise your wife or his. ~ Spanish Proverb

Self-praise is no recommendation. ~ Traditional Proverb

The work praises the man. ~ Irish Proverb

Let every man praise the bridge he goes over. ~ English Proverb

Undeserved praise is mockery disguised. ~ German Proverb

Good wine praises itself. ~ Dutch Proverb

We praised the bride, and she was found pregnant. ~ Tunisian Proverb

Praise the fine day in the evening. ~ Scottish Proverb

A puff of wind and popular praise weigh the same. ~ English Proverb

Wait for a month before you praise a horse, and for a year before you praise a woman. ~ Czech Proverb

The best way to get praise is to die. ~ Italian Proverb

Don’t praise your furnace when the house is cold. ~ Russian Proverb

Praise the young and they will blossom. ~ Irish Proverb

The lizard that jumped from the high iroko tree said he would praise himself if no one else did. ~ Nigerian Proverb

If you would be praised, die. ~ Welsh Proverb

People blame themselves for the purpose of being praised. ~ Traditional Proverb

Don’t praise the bread that is not out of the oven. ~ Danish Proverb

When a proud man hears another praised, he feels himself injured. ~ English Proverb

Many men know how to flatter, few men know how to praise. ~ Greek Proverb

It is the greatest possible praise to be praised by a man who is himself deserving of praise. ~ Latin Proverb

Some people want to be praised for the rest of their lives for what they have done well for one day. ~ Chinese Proverb

The virtuous will be praised but not envied. ~ Iranian Proverb

Quotations about Praise

As the Greek said, “Many men know how to flatter, few men know how to praise.” ~ Wendell Phillips

Praising all alike, is praising none. ~ John Gay

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

Sweet is the scene where genial friendship plays the pleasing game of interchanging praise. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

We are all excited by the love of praise, and the noblest are most influenced by glory. ~ Cicero

The sweeter sound of woman’s praise. ~ Thomas Babington Macaulay

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

A little praise is not only merest justice but is beyond the purse of no one. ~ Emily Post

To praise is an investment in happiness. ~ George M. Adams

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

He only profits from praise who values criticism. ~ Heinrich Heine

A little praise is good for a shy temper; it teaches it to rely on the kindness of others. ~ Walter Savage Landor

Praise in the beginning is agreeable enough, and we receive it as a favor; but when it comes in great quantities, we regard it only as a debt, which nothing but our merit could extort. ~ Oliver Goldsmith

There are three kinds of praise,–that which we yield, that which we lend, and that which we pay. We yield it to the powerful from fear, we lend it to the weak from interest, and we pay it to the deserving from gratitude. ~ Charles Caleb Colton

There’s not much you cannot do if you’ll give the credit to others. ~ Teeter M. Buchanan

There are two things people want more than sex and money…recognition and praise. ~ Mary Kay Ash

None can be pleased without praise, and few can be praised without falsehood. ~ Samuel Johnson

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

It is not he who searches for praise who finds it. ~ Antoine de Rivarol

Praise undeserved is scandal in disguise. ~ Alexander Pope

Good things should be praised. ~ William Shakespeare

Praise, of all things, is the most powerful excitement to commendable actions, and animates us in our enterprises. ~ Jean de la Bruyere

The praises of others may be of use in teaching us, not what we are, but what we ought to be. ~ Augustus William Hare

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

Try praising your wife, even if it does frighten her at first. ~ William Ashley Sunday

Praise God even when you don’t understand what He is doing. ~ Henry Jacobsen

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

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

Praise does wonders for the sense of hearing. ~ Best of Bits and Pieces

He who praises you for what you have not, wishes to take from you what you have. ~ Don Juan Manuel

Praising an honest person who doesn’t deserve it, always wounds them. ~ Nicholas Boileau

Attach yourself to those who advise you rather than praise you. ~ Nicholas Boileau

Some blames are actually praise, and some praises are actually blame. ~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld

Sweet is the breath of praise when given by those whose own high merit claims the praise they give. ~ Hannah More

The sweetest of all sounds is praise. ~ Xenophon

Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition. ~ Howell M. Forgy

There’s nothing so rewarding as to make people realize they are worthwhile in this world. ~ Bob Anderson

Admiration; is our polite recognition of another’s resemblance to ourselves. ~ Ambrose Bierce

Some natures are too good to be spoiled by praise. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Those are greedy of praise prove that they are poor in merit. ~ Plutarch

Every ear is tickled with the sweet music of applause. ~ Isaac Barrow

Praise is only praise when well addressed. ~ John Gay

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

A man who does not love praise is not a full man. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

When you praise someone you call yourself his equal. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The praise of a fool is incense to the wisest of us. ~ Benjamin Disraeli

Praise is the best diet for us, after all. ~ Sydney Smith

You may be liberal in your praise where praise is due: it costs nothing; it encourages much. ~ Horace Mann

He who praises everybody praises nobody. ~ Samuel Johnson

It is a great happiness to be praised of them that are most praiseworthy. ~ Philip Sidney

Praise invariably implies a reference to a higher standard. ~ Aristotle

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

Praise the bridge that carried you over. ~ George Colman

He is not praised whose praiser deserveth not praise. ~ Gabriel Harvey

Allow no man to be so free with you as to praise you to your face. ~ Sir Richard Steele

Our praises are our wages. ~ William Shakespeare

A refusal of praise is a desire to be praised twice. ~ Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Praise never gives us much pleasure unless it concur with our own opinion, and extol us for those qualities in which we chiefly excel. ~ David Hume

Earth, with her thousand voices, praises God. ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge,

One should use praise to recognize what one is not. ~ Elias Canetti

Praise has different effects, according to the mind it meets with; it makes a wise man modest, but a fool more arrogant, turning his weak brain giddy. ~ Owen Felltham

He who loves praise, loves temptation. ~ Thomas Wilson

Praise is the reflection of virtue. ~ Francis Bacon

Appreciative words are the most powerful force for good on earth! ~ George W. Crane

In Praise of Idleness. ~ Book preview

Praise Proverbs

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