Admire Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old admire quotes, admire sayings, and admire proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

We can admire what we see, but we can only love what we truly know.     


You can admire people for sure, and they're worth admiring, but you need to find that special thing about yourself. It takes working hard, getting the technique, and learning to sing and all that stuff, but the master class is about bringing yourself to the role.     

Susan Egan

You can love a woman. To admire her is hard. You are not dealing with something important.     

Henri Michaux

Knowing what you admire in others is a wonderful mirror into your deepest, as yet unborn, self.     

Gretchen Rubin

All of us admire people we don't like and like people we don't admire.     

Malcolm Muggeridge

We may admire people for being wise, but we like them best when they are foolish.     

Mary Russell Mitford

There's nothing makes you admire people like seeing yourself in them.     

Eleanor Hibbert

The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.     

Carl Sandburg

We admire people to the extent that we cannot explain what they do, and the word 'admire' then means 'marvel at.'     

B. F. Skinner

It's great to admire other people's fashion choices, but I don't think you should idolise anyone.     

Cat Deeley

You always admire what you really don't understand.     

Blaise Pascal

Be the mirror in which people admire their true potential.     

Ron Kaufman

The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring. And that is not happiness.     

F. H. Bradley

A modern man may disapprove of some of his sweeping reforms, and approve others; but finds it difficult not to admire even where he does not approve.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

You can't ever be really free if you admire somebody too much.     

Tove Jansson

Learn to admire rightly; the great pleasure of life is that. Note what the great men admired; they admired great things; narrow spirits admire basely, and worship meanly.     

William Makepeace Thackeray

Sometimes when you're treated unfairly it makes you stronger and more determined. I admire that kind of strength. People who have it take a stand and put their blood and soul into what they believe.     

Michael Jackson

It is the rooted instinct in men to admire what is better and more beautiful than themselves.     

James Russell Lowell

Transform jealousy to admiration, and what you admire will become part of your life.     

Yoko Ono

It's easier to be terrified by an enemy you admire.     

Frank Herbert

The only things one can admire at length are those one admires without knowing why.     

Eleanor Roosevelt

Developing a relationship with someone you admire, who can encourage you to reach your full potential, is something that everyone can benefit from.      

Mandy Moore

Those who admire modern civilization usually identify it with the steam engine and the electric telegraph.     

George Bernard Shaw

We shall not be well so long as we love and admire anything more than we love and admire God.     

C S Lewis

Admire the diamond that can bear the hits of a hammer. Many deceptive preachers, when critically examined, turn out to be false.     


Let none admire that riches grow in hell; that soil may best deserve the precious bane.     

John Milton

We always love those who admire us, but we do not always love those whom we admire.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Be not too hasty to trust or to admire the teachers of morality; they discourse like angels, but they live like men.     

Samuel Johnson

Everybody admires a go-getter if he is tactful.     

Earl Tupper

Be a big person; be generous of spirit; be the person you'd admire.     

Allegra Huston