Praise Sayings and Quotes

Everyone likes to be lauded for their accomplishments. Praise can provide much needed affirmation when we are feeling unsure of ourselves. Besides making us feel good, it’s also an excellent positive reinforcement tool. Below you’ll find a collection of wise and insightful quotes about praise.


What can everyone do? Praise and blame. This is human virtue, this is human madness.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.     

Norman Vincent Peale

Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value only to its scarcity.     

Samuel Johnson

Praise undeserved, is satire in disguise.     

Alexander Pope

Praise us as we are tasted, allow us as we prove.     

William Shakespeare

There are two things people want more than sex and money - recognition and praise.     

Mary Kay Ash

The work praises the man.     

Charles L. Allen

A person places themselves on a level with the ones they praise.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

One of the highest of human duties is the duty of encouragement...It is easy to laugh at men's ideals; it is easy to pour cold water on their enthusiasm; it is easy to discourage others. The world is full of discouragers. We have a Christian duty to encourage one another. Many a time a word of praise or thanks or appreciation or cheer has kept a man on his feet. Blessed is the man who speaks such a word.     

William Barclay

Praise little, dispraise less.     

Benjamin Franklin

All our actions, as well as our thoughts and words, should praise Him who always blesses us.     

Charles Spurgeon

I will praise any man that will praise me.     

William Shakespeare

I pay no attention whatever to anybody's praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings.     

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

I prefer to praise people and the world rather than criticize them and it.     

Alice Walker

We seldom praise anyone in good earnest, except such as admire us.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Gratitude is infinite praise.     

Lailah Gifty Akita