People ask you for criticism, but they only want praise.
There are three things that none of the young men of the present generation can do.They can't sit over their wine;they can't play at wist;and they can't pay a lady a compliment.
Praise everybody, I say to such: never be squeamish, but speak out your compliment both point-blank in a man's face, and behind his back, when you know there is a reasonable chance of his hearing it again. Never lose a chance of saying a kind word. As Collingwood never saw a vacant place in his estate but he took an acorn out of his pocket and popped it in; so deal with your compliments through life. An acorn costs nothing; but it may sprout into a prodigious bit of timber.
A woman knows very well that, though a wit sends her his poems, praises her judgment, solicits her criticism, and drinks her tea, this by no means signifies that he respects her opinions, admires her understanding, or will refuse, though the rapier is denied him, to run through the body with his pen.
What has praise and fame to do with poetry? Was not writing poetry a secret transaction, a voice answering a voice? So that all this chatter and praise, and blame and meeting people who admired one and meeting people who did not admire one was as ill suited as could be to the thing itself- a voice answering a voice.
The greatest mystery about a human being is not his reaction to sex or praise, but the manner in which he contrives to put in twenty-four hours a day.
It was not intended as a compliment. It was a confession. Now that I have made it, something seems to have gone out of me. Perhaps one should never put one's worship into words.
Jo's breath gave out here, and wrapping her head in the paper, she bedewed her little story with a few natural tears, for to be independent and earn the praise of those she loved were the dearest wishes of her heart, and this seemed to be the first step toward that happy end.
Jo's eyes sparkled, for it's always pleasant to be believed in; and a friend's praise is always sweeter than a dozen newspaper puffs.
In the best, the friendliest and simplest relations flattery or praise is necessary, just as grease is necessary to keep wheels turning.
The praise of the praiseworthy is above all rewards.
But you must give my compliments to him. Yes - I think it must be compliments. Is not there a something wanted, Miss Price, in our language - a something between compliments and - and love - to suit the sort of friendly acquaintance we have had together? - So many months acquaintance! - But compliments may be sufficient here.
Not keep a journal! How are your absent cousins to understand the tenor of your life in Bath without one? How are the civilities and compliments of every day to be related as they ought to be, unless noted down every evening in a journal? How are your various dresses to be remembered, and the particular state of your complexion, and curl of your hair to be described in all their diversities, without having constant recourse to a journal?
I wish I might take this for a compliment; but to be so easily seen through I am afraid is pitiful.
What praise is more valuable than the praise of an intelligent servant?
I agree that two times two makes four is an excellent thing; but if we are dispensing praise, then two times two makes five is sometimes a most charming little thing as well.
And do you know, I came with horror to the conclusion that, if anything could dissipate my love for humanity, it would be ingratitude. In short, I am a hired servant, I expect my payment at once--that is, praise, and the repayment of love with love. Otherwise I am incapable of loving anyone.
Your poem was in praise of Jesus, not in blame of Him--as you meant it to be.
Applied to an opponent, it is abuse, applied to someone you agree with, it is praise.
You gotta learn how to take a compliment, because I'm not going to stop making them.
You know how I love talking about books, and you know how I adore receiving compliments.
Vain men never hear anything but praise.
It is of no small commendation to manage a little well. To live well in abundance is the praise of the estate, not of the person. I will study more how to give a good account of my little, than how to make it more.
It's a compliment to our girls for the type of season we've had so far. I feel like we're deserving of it. We've worked really hard to get to this point. It's a real good feeling to see that the rest of the district places such high value on the season we've had.
Two lights for guidance. The first, our little glowing atom of community, with all that it signifies. The second, the cold light of the stars,symbol of the hypercosmical reality, with its crystal ecstasy. Strange that in this light, in which even the dearest love is frostily asserted, andeven the possible defeat of our half-waking world is contemplated without remission of praise, the human crisis does not lose but gainssignificance. Strange, that it seems more, not less, urgent to play some part in this struggle, this brief effort of animacules striving to win fortheir race some increase of lucidity before the ultimate darkness.
I've been compared to him and a couple of other guys, but that's a great compliment. Barry Sanders, pound for pound, is the best running back to ever play the game.
The fool establishes his bonds only when he is slapped in the face. Nanak says this after deep reflection, through the Lord's Praise, we establish a bond with His Court.
By the Grace of the Saints, I sing the Praises of the Ocean of virtue after countless incarnations, I have been released.
Today's celebration is really about us, about how we do or do not remember this man, who I believe is most deserving of our honor and praise.