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

Admire as much as you can. Most people do not admire enough.     

Vincent Van Gogh

What a strange vanity painting is; it attracts admiration by resembling the original, we do not admire.     

Blaise Pascal

Whatever you do for the sole purpose of having others admire you, your efforts will most likely be in vain.     

Dave Pelzer

The truest test of independent judgment is being able to dislike someone who admires us, and to admire someone who dislikes us.     

Sydney J. Harris

Nobody admires anyone else without qualification. If they do they're after an image, not a person.     

Scott Lynch

The desire to please those we admire and respect often cripples conscience.     

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

We tend to become like those whom we admire.     

Thomas S. Monson

He who meanly admires mean things is a Snob.     

William Makepeace Thackeray

Men admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

People don't admire you for what you hate, they admire you for what you do about it, and your slacks.     

Greg Behrendt

As long as one can admire and love, then one is young forever.     

Pablo Casals

Nature's beauty we all admire in every shape and form, but how much more we admire her when the weather's nice and warm.     

Janet Hargreaves

A hero is someone we can admire without apology.     

Kitty Kelley

A great part of art consists in imitation. For the whole conduct of life is based on this: that what we admire in others we want to do ourselves.     


We always admire the other person more after we've tried to do his job.     

William Feather

All leaders are influenced by those they admire. Reading about them and studying their traits inevitably allows an inspiring leader to develop his own leadership traits.     

Rudy Giuliani

A fool can always find a greater fool who admires him.     

Nicolas Boileau

Enjoy your work and work for whom you admire.     

Warren Buffett

If one is to love oneself one must behave in ways that one can admire.     

Irvin D. Yalom

To love is to admire with the heart; to admire is to love with the mind.     

Theophile Gautier