The praises of others may be
of use in teaching us not what we
are, but what we ought to
more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is
in life to celebrate. -Oprah
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
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
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.
profit from praise who value criticism. -Heinrich
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.
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
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
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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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
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.
There isn't much
that tastes better than praise from those who are wise and
capable. -Selma Lagerlof
I praise loudly; I blame softly.
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
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.
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