Quotes for
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Compliments



Those who fish for compliments
can expect to be handed a line.

Ivern Ball

   

If you want to win friends, make it a point to remember them.  If you remember my name, you pay me a subtle compliment; you indicate that I have made an impression on you.  Remember my name and you add to my feeling of importance.        -Dale Carnegie

   

There is a sad tendency in our world today for persons to cut one another down.  Did you ever realize that it does not take very much in the way of brainpower to make remarks that may wound another?  Try the opposite of that.  Try handing out compliments.      -Gordon B. Hinckley

   
Praise is warming and desirable . . . what the human race lives on like bread.  But praise is an earned thing.  It has to be deserved like an honorary degree or a hug from a child.  A compliment is manna, a free gift.       -Phyllis McGinley
   

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.       -Leo Buscaglia

   
Some folks pay a compliment like they expect a receipt for it.      -Kin Hubbard
    

The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions--the little, soon-forgotten charities of a kiss or smile, a kind look, a heart-felt compliment, and the countless infinitesimals of pleasurable and genial feeling.        -Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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

Nothing makes people so worthy of compliments as receiving them.  One is more delightful for being told one is delightful -- just as one is more angry for being told one is angry.       -Katherine F. Gerould
   
The other day I was in the grocery store and witnessed an incredible display of patience.  The checkout clerk had just been chewed out by an angry customer, clearly without good cause.  Rather than being reactive, the clerk defused the anger by remaining calm.  When it was my turn to pay for my groceries I said to her, “I’m so impressed at the way you handled that customer.”  She looked me right in the eye and said, “Thank you, sir.  Do you know you are the first person ever to give me a compliment in this store?”  It took less than two seconds to let her know, yet it was a highlight of her day, and of mine.       -Richard Carlson
    
If compliments were food, I'd have starved to death 28 years ago.       -Erma Bombeck
   

Fish for no compliments; they are generally caught in shallow water.       -D. Smith

   
A compliment is verbal sunshine.       -Robert Orben
    
If people did not compliment one another there would be little society.       -Marquis De Vauvenargues
    
A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.       -Victor Hugo
    

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

    

   
When someone pays me a compliment, it's always so unexpected that it puts a bounce in my step.  And although I am no Dr. Drew, I know that when we're nice to others, they're usually nice back.  When we pay a compliment to someone, we feel better about ourselves by making another person feel better about him- or herself.  And when we accept a compliment gracefully, it works the same way.     -Lisa Grotts
  
Compliments are little gifts of love.  They are not asked for or demanded.  They tell a person they are worthy of notice.  They are powerful gifts.  But compliments work only if they are sincere reflections of what we think and if they are given freely and not coerced.  Compliments backfire if they are not genuine.  And faux flattery is usually highly transparent.  A false compliment makes the speaker untrustworthy; it raises suspicions about motives.  And that can undermine a whole relationship.     -Hara Estroff Marano
  
Sincere compliments cost nothing and can accomplish so much.  In ANY relationship, they are the applause that refreshes.     -Steve Goodier, Prescription for Peace
  
I don't like compliments and I don't see why a man should think he is pleasing a woman enormously when he says to her a whole heap of things that he doesn't mean.     -Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan
  
Always take a compliment, Caroline.  Always take it for the way it was intended.  You girls are always so quick to twist what others say.  Simply say thank you and move on.     -Alice Clayton, Wallbanger
  
Compliments cost nothing, yet many pay dear for them.     -Thomas Fuller
  
  
The best compliment to a child or a friend is the feeling you give them that they have been set free to make their own inquiries, to come to conclusions that are right for them, whether or not they coincide with your own.     -Alistair Cooke
  
Insults should be written in sand, compliments should be carved in stone.     -Arab proverb
  
I will be generous with my love today.  I will sprinkle compliments and uplifting words everywhere I go.  I will do this knowing that my words are like seeds and when they fall on fertile soil, a reflection of those seeds will grow into something greater.     -Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
  
There is no effect more disproportionate to its cause than the happiness bestowed by a small compliment.     -Robert Brault
  

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