Quotes for
the Journey:


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

Augustus Hare


The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.     -Oprah Winfrey


Undeserved praise causes more pangs of conscience later than undeserved blame, but probably only for this reason, that our power of judgment are more completely exposed by being over-praised than by being unjustly underestimated.     -Friedrich Nietzsche

Our dependency makes slaves out of us, especially if this dependency is a dependency of our self-esteem. If you need encouragement, praise, pats on the back from everybody, then you make everybody your judge.     -Fritz Perls
The French believe that kids feel confident when they're able to do things for themselves, and do those things well. After children have learned to talk, adults don't praise them for saying just anything. They praise them for saying interesting things, and for speaking well.     -Pamela Druckerman
They only profit from praise who value criticism.     -Heinrich Heine
I have yet to find the person, however exalted his or her station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism.     -Charles Schwab
Most of us forget to take time for wonder, praise and gratitude until it is almost too late. Gratitude is a many-colored quality, reaching in all directions. It goes out for small things and for large; it is a God-ward going.      -Faith Baldwin

If all we ever offer is blanket praise without any meaning behind it, kids will always seek approval because they'll never feel satisfied.  If we offer genuine encouragement for their accomplishments, they won't need our approval; they'll approve of themselves.     -Kelly Bartlett, Encouraging Words for Kids
Blessed are they who have learned to admire but not envy, to follow but not imitate, to praise but not flatter, and to lead but not manipulate.     -William Arthur Ward
The trouble with most of us is that we'd rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.     -Norman Vincent Peale
I do not know whether anyone has ever succeeded in not enjoying praise. And, if we enjoy it, we naturally wants to receive it. And if we want to receive it, we cannot help but being distraught at losing it.  Those who are in love with applause have their spirits starved not only when they are blamed off-hand, but even when they fail to be constantly praised.      -John Chrysostom
We would worry less if we praised more.  Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.     -Harry A. Ironside
Consider carefully before you say a hard word to a person, but never let a chance to say a good one go by.     -George Horace Lorimer

Praise is sometimes a good thing for the diffident and the despondent.  It teaches them properly to rely on the kindness of others.     -Letitia Landon
Your depression is connected to your insolence
and refusal to praise. Whoever feels himself walking
on the path, and refuses to praise--that man or woman
steals from others every day--is a shoplifter!

The sun became full of light when it got hold of itself.
Angels only began shining when they achieved discipline.
The sun goes out whenever the cloud of not-praising comes.
The moment the foolish angel felt insolent, he heard the door close.

In the best, the friendliest and simplest relations flattery or praise is necessary, just as grease is necessary to keep wheels turning.     -Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace
Praise is like sunlight to the warm human spirit; we cannot flower and grow without it.  And yet, while most of us are only too ready to apply to others the cold wind of criticism, we are somehow reluctant to give our fellow the warm sunshine of praise.      -Jess Lair
Those who praise others enrich themselves far more than they do the one praised.  To praise is an investment in happiness.  The poorest human being has something to give that the richest could not buy.      -George Matthew Adams

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Praise keeps productivity and quality high.  This works especially with those who do routine jobs over a long period of time.  We all appreciate recognition.  No one can every get too much approval.     -Priscilla Elfrey
The greatest efforts of the race have always been traceable to the love of praise, as the greatest catastrophes to the love of pleasure.     -John Ruskin
If each of us were to confess our most secret desire, the one that inspires all our plans, all our actions, one would say:  "I want to be praised."     -E.M. Cioran
One thing scientists have discovered is that often-praised children become more intelligent than often-blamed ones.  There’s a creative element in praise.     -Thomas Dreier
Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value only to its scarcity.     -Samuel Johnson
There isn't much that tastes better than praise from those who are wise and capable.     -Selma Lagerlof
I praise loudly; I blame softly.     -Catherine II
Praise is the only gift for which people are really grateful.     -Marguerite, Countess of Blessington
A little praise is not only merest justice but is beyond the purse of no one.     -Emily Post

What happens when we begin to praise our own abilities?  And this is not focusing on an inflated ego, but on appreciation and praise.  What happens when we begin sincerely to give thanks for our wonderful minds and our strong and healthy bodies?  It's not at all difficult to believe that our own senses of confidence and self-worth are actually activated and strengthened.     -John Marks Templeton
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.     -Phyllis McGinley
The French believe that kids feel confident when they're able to do things for themselves, and do those things well. After children have learned to talk, adults don't praise them for saying just anything. They praise them for saying interesting things, and for speaking well.     -Pamela Druckerman, Bringing Up Bébé


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