These are inspirational praise quotes from interesting people from around the world, and are not necessary from the religious organizations.

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Joseph Addison Quotes

English essayist, poet, playwright, and politician (May 1,1672- June 17, 1719)

“The chief ingredients in the composition of those qualities that gain esteem and praise are good nature, truth, good sense, and good breeding.” -Joseph Addison

“Through all Eternity to Thee A joyful Song I’ll raise, For oh! Eternity’s too short To utter all thy Praise.” – Joseph Addison

Aeschylus Quotes

Greek Playwright and Soldier (523 BC – 456 BC)

“Neither a life of anarchy nor one beneath a despot should you praise; to all that lies in the middle a god has given excellence.” -Aeschylus

Dante Alighieri Quotes

Born: Durante degli Alighieri;  Italian Statesman, poet, language theorist, political theorist (1265 – 1321)

“The sad souls of those who lived without blame and without praise.” -Dante Alighieri

Chris Van Allsburg Quotes

American illustrator and writer of children’s books (born June 18, 1949)

“Some artists claim praise is irrelevant in measuring the success of art, but I think it’s quite relevant. Besides, it makes me feel great.”-Chris Van Allsburg

Washington Allston Quotes

American painter and poet (1779 – 1843)

“Desert being the essential condition of praise, there can be no reality in the one without the other.” –Washington Allston

Aristotle Quotes

Greek philosopher (384 BC – 322 BC)

“Praise invariably implies a reference to a higher standard.”- Aristotle

“We praise a man who feels angry on the right grounds and against the right persons and also in the right manner at the right moment and for the right length of time.” –Aristotle


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Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Quotes

“According to my principles, every master has his true and certain value. Praise and criticism cannot change any of that. Only the work itself praises and criticizes the master, and therefore I leave to everyone his own value. “-Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

Joanna Baillie Quotes

Scottish poet and dramatist (1762 – 1851)

“Half-uttered praise is to the curious mind, as to the eye half-veiled beauty is, more precious than the whole.” – Joanna Baillie

Francis Bacon Quotes

English philosopher, statesman and writer (1561 – 1626)

“Praise is the reflection of virtue.”- Francis Bacon

Albert Barnes Quotes

“Praise now is one of the great duties of the redeemed. It will be their employment forever.” -Albert Barnes

Sir Jamie M. Barrie Quotes

“The praise that comes from love does not make us vain, but more humble.” –Sir James M. Barrie

Jean Baudrillard Quotes

“A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy. “-Jean Baudrillard

Clive Bell Quotes

“Genius worship is the inevitable sign of an uncreative age.” -Clive Bell

James Beattie Quotes

“In every age and every man there is something to praise as well as to blame.”- James Beattie


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Elias Canetti Quotes

“One should use praise to recognize what one is not.” -Elias Canetti

Catherine II Quotes

“I like to praise and reward loudly, to blame quietly.”-Catherine II

Catherine the Great Quotes

“I praise loudly. I blame softly.” – Catherine the Great

Thomas Carew Quotes

“Why should the follies of this dull age Draw from thy pen such an immodest rage As seems to blast thy else-immortal bays, When thine own tongue proclaims thy itch of praise? Such thirst will argue drought.” – Thomas Carew

Thomas Carlye Quotes

Eng. Essayist, hist., biog., and philosopher(1795-1881)

“Wonder is the basis of worship.” –Thomas Carlyle

What greater calamity can fall upon a nation than the loss of worship. – Thomas Carlyle

Miguel De Cervantes Quotes

“It is one thing to praise discipline, and another to submit to it.” -Miguel de Cervantes


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Denis Diderot Quotes

“People praise virtue, but they hate it, they run away from it. It freezes you to death, and in this world you’ve got to keep your feet warm.” -Denis Diderot

Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes

“It is not possible to eat me without insisting that I sing praises of my devourer?”- Fyodor Dostoevsky


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Albert Einstein Quotes

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

T.S. Eliot Quotes

“Our high respect for a well read person is praise enough for literature.” -T. S. Eliot

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

“Some natures too good to be spoiled by praise.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

William Ernest Quotes

“All life can be reduced to work and worship-what we do ourselves, and what we let the higher than ourselves do.” -William Ernest


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Eleanor Farjeon Quotes

 English author of children’s stories and plays, poetry, biography, history and satire (February 13, 1881 –  June 5, 1965)

“Morning has broken, like the first morning. Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird. Praise for the singing! Praise for the morning! Praise for them springing Fresh from the Word!” – Eleanor Farjeon

“Praise with elation, Praise every morning, God’s re-creation of the new day!” – Eleanor Farjeon

Owen Feltham Quotes

“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 Feltham

“There is no belittling worse than to over praise a man.” -Owen Feltham


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John Gay Quotes

English poet and dramatist(1685 – 1732)

“Praise is only praise when well addressed.”- John Gay

“Praising all alike, is praising none.”- John Gay

““Fools may our scorn, not envy, raise. For envy is a kind of praise.” -John Gay
What woman can resist the force of praise?” – John Gay


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Matthew Hale Quotes

“It is a sign that your reputation is small and sinking if your own tongue must praise you.” -Matthew Hale

Alex Haley Quotes

Find the good — and praise it. – Alex Haley
“In my writing, as much as I could, I tried to find the good, and praise it.” – Alex Haley

Dag Hammarskjold Quotes

“Praise those of your critics for whom nothing is up to standard.”-Dag Hammarskjold


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Washington Irving Quotes

Am auth.(1783-1859)

The dullest observer must be sensible of the order and serenity prevalent in those households where the occasional exercise of a beautiful form of worship in the morning give, as it were, the keynote to every temper for the day, and attunes every spirit to harmony – Washington Irving


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Thomas Jefferson Quotes

“I find the pain of a little censure, even when it is unfounded, is more acute than the pleasure of much praise.” – Thomas Jefferson

Billy Joel Quotes

“I have been both praised and criticized. The criticism stung, but the praise sometimes bothered me even more. To have received such praise and honors has always been puzzling to me.” -Billy Joel


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Elia Kazan Quotes

“I question the value of stars. I think they’re overrated. They get too much money, too much praise.”- Elia Kazan

John Keats Quotes

“Praise or blame has but a momentary effect on the man whose love of beauty in the abstract makes him a severe critic on his own works.” -John Keats

Sue Kelly Quotes

“The sacrifices made by veterans and their willingness to fight in defense of our nation merit our deep respect and praise – and to the best in benefits and medical care.”-Sue Kelly

Thomas Kempis Quotes

“Great tranquility of heart is his who cares for neither praise not blame.” -Thomas Kempis


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Walter Savage Landor Quotes

English poet and author (1775 – 1864)

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

“An ingenuous mind feels in unmerited praise the bitterest reproof. “-Walter Savage Landor

James Larkin Quotes

“Claiming for ourselves liberty of conscience, liberty to worship, we shall see to it that every other individual enjoys the same right.” – James Larkin

Lance Loud Quotes

“When you’ve grown sick of reading and bug-eyed from watching TV, when your friends are all visited out, no words can adequately praise the link to the outside world provided by your parents and family.” -Lance Loud
Edward G. Bulwer Lytton Quotes

“How little praise warms out of a man the good that is in him, as the sheer of contempt which he feels is unjust chill the ardor to excel” – Edward G. Bulwer Lytton


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Thomas Babington Macaulay Quotes

English author, historian, statesman and poet (800 – 1859)

“The sweeter sound of woman’s praise.” – Thomas Babington Macaulay

Horace Mann Quotes

American educator and politician (1796 – 1859)

“Praise begets emulation,–a goodly seed to sow among youthful students.” – Horace Mann

Henry Edward Manning Quotes

English cardinal (1808 – 1892)

“Praise consists in the love of God, in wonder at the goodness of God, in recognition of the gifts of God, in seeing God in all things He gives us, ay, and even in the things that He refuses to us; so as to see our whole life in the light of God; and seeing this, to bless Him, adore Him, and glorify Him.”- Henry Edward Manning

Don Juan Manuel Quotes

Prince of Castile/ Spanish prince, military leader, politician, statesman and writer(1282 – 1349)

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


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Nagarjuna Quotes

“So, to praise others for their virtues can but encourage one’s own efforts.” -Nagarjuna


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Alex F. Osborn Quotes

“Self-esteem is so delicate a flower that praise tends to make it bloom, while discouragement often nips it in the bud.”-Alex F. Osborn

Ovid Quotes

“Let others praise ancient times; I am glad I was born in these.” -Ovid


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Thomas Paine Quotes

“Virtues are acquired through endeavor, which rests wholly upon yourself. So, to praise others for their virtues Can but encourage one’s own efforts.” -Thomas Paine

Saskya Pandita Quotes

“Not to be cheered by praise, not to be grieved by blame, but to know thoroughly ones own virtues or powers are the characteristics of an excellent man.” -Saskya Pandita

Ann Patchett Quotes

“Praise and criticism seem to me to operate exactly on the same level. If you get a great review, it’s really thrilling for about ten minutes. If you get a bad review, it’s really crushing for ten minutes. Either way, you go on.” -Ann Patchett


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Thomas Randolph Quotes

English poet(1605-1635)

First worship God; he that forgets to pray, bids not himself good-morrow or good-day. – Thomas Randolph

Edward Ravenscroft Quotes

English dramatist(c.1654 – 1707)

I think it a greater theft to Rob the dead of their Praise, then the Living of their Money.” – Edward Ravenscroft


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Lucius Annaeua Seneca Quotes

“True praise comes often even to the lowly; false praise only to the strong.” -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Almet Necdet Sezner Quotes

“Freedom of belief and worship is the most important guarantee of social peace.” -Ahmet Necdet Sezner

Sir Phillip Sidney Quotes

English soldier, author, poet and courtier (1554 – 1586)

“It is a great happiness to be praised of them that are most praiseworthy.” –Sir Phillip Sidney

Osbert Sitwell Quotes

“It is music to my ears. I have always said that if i were a rich man, i would employ a professional praiser.” – Osbert Sitwell

William Shakespeare Quotes

English dramatist and poet (1564 – 1616)

My words fly up, my thoughts remain below: words, without thoughts, never to heaven go. – Williams Shakespeare

“Good things should be praised.” – William Shakespeare

“Praise us as we are tasted, allow us as we prove.” – William Shakespeare

“I will praise any man that will praise me.” – William Shakespeare

“Praising what is lost makes the remembrance dear.”- William Shakespeare

Richard Brinsley Sherdin Quotes

“For if there is anything to one’s praise, it is foolish vanity to be gratified at it, and if it is abuse – why one is always sure to hear of it from one damned good-natured friend or another!” -Richard Brinsley Sheridan


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Mark Twain Quotes

“’Classic.’ A book which people praise and don’t read.” -Mark Twain

Lao Tzu Quotes

“The higher the sun ariseth, the less shadow doth he cast; even so the greater is the goodness, the less doth it covet praise; yet cannot avoid its rewards in honours.” -Lao Tzu


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Unknown Author

“Praise is simply letting off esteem.”-Unknown

“A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.”-Unknown

“Judicious praise is to children what the sun is to flowers.” – Unknown Author


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Marquis De Vauvenargues Quotes

“Men sometimes feel injured by praise because it assigns a limit to their merit; few people are modest enough not to take offense that one appreciates them.” – Marquis De Vauvenargues

Conrad Veidt Quotes

“An actor remembers his first piece of published praise. It is written on his heart.” -Conrad Veidt

Ralph Venning Quotes

Eng nonconformist divine(1620-1673)

The tongue blessing God without the heart is but a tinkling cymbal; the heart blessing God without the tongue is sweet but still music; both in concert make their harmony, which fills and delights heaven and earth. – Ralph Venning

Leonardo da Vinci Quotes

Italian Renaissance architect, musician, inventor, engineer, sculptor, and painter. His best known work is the painting Mona Lisa. (April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519)

“Good culture is born of a good disposition; and since the cause is more to be praised than the effect, I will rather praise a good disposition without culture, than good culture without the disposition.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“You do ill if you praise, and still worse if you reprove in a matter you do not understand.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“It is bad if you praise, and worse if you reprove a thing, I mean, if you do not understand the matter well.” – Leonardo da Vinci


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Eli Wallach Quotes

“Having the critics praise you is like having the hangman say you’ve got a pretty neck.” -Eli Wallach

Edmund Waller Quotes

“Poets lose half the praise they should have got, Could it be known what they discreetly blot.” -Edmund Waller

Bill Walsh Quotes

“Nothing is more effective than sincere, accurate praise, and nothing is more lame than a cookie-cutter compliment.” -Bill Walsh


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Xenophon Quotes

“The sweetest of all sounds is praise.” – Xenophon


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Martin Yan Quotes

“Happiness is within. It has nothing to do with how much applause you get or how many people praise you. Happiness comes when you believe that you have done something truly meaningful.”-Martin Yan

Edward Young Quotes

“Wonder is involuntary praise.” -Edward Young


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Darlene Zschech Quotes

“I pray that we bring the sound of heaven to earth” – Darlene Zschech

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