Recognition Sayings and Quotes

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

Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.     

Abraham Lincoln

Don't work for recognition, but do work worthy of recognition.     

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Don't do something for recognition, Do it out of kindness, do it because out of giving, it will make you whole and complete.     

Angie Karan Krezos

The craving for recognition is every artist's Achilles heel.     

Marty Rubin

Recognition is not a scare resource. You can't use it up or run out of it.     

Susan M. Heathfield

Recognition of function always precedes recognition of being.     

Rita Mae Brown

Recognition is the greatest motivator.     

Gerard C. Eakedale

People may take a job for more money, but they often leave it for more recognition.     

Bob Nelson

What every genuine philosopher (every genuine man, in fact) craves most is praise-although the philosophers generally call it recognition'!     

William James

It is up to us to give ourselves recognition. If we wait for it to come from others, we feel resentful when it doesn't, and when it does, we may well reject it.     

Spencer Tracy

A pat on the back is only a few vertebrae removed from a kick in the pants, but is miles ahead in results.     

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

When someone comes along who genuinely thanks us, we will follow that person a very long way.     

Alan Loy McGinnis

In the arena of human life, the honors and rewards fall to those who show their good qualities in action.     


A boss wants to pay for results, an employee wants recognition for effort. If a boss recognizes effort, they will get even better results.     

Simon Sinek

Men want recognition of their work, to help them to believe in themselves.     

Dorothy Miller Richardson

I think it takes people to get to know you and the recognition comes over time.     

Steffi Graf

By common consent of all the nations and all the ages the most valuable thing in this world is the homage of men, whether deserved or undeserved.     

Mark Twain

People always clap for the wrong things.     

J.D. Salinger

There's nothing greater in the world than when somebody on the team does something good, and everybody gathers around to pat him on the back.     

Billy Martin

There is nothing I need so much as nourishment for my Self Esteem.     

Alfred Lunt

The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.     

William James

Brains, like hearts, go where they are appreciated.     

Robert McNamara

Every human being is trying to say something to others. Trying to cry out I am alive, notice me! Speak to me! Confirm that I am important, that I matter!!     

Marion D. Hanks

It is important that you recognized your progress and take pride in your accomplishments. Share your achievements with others. Brag a little. The recognition and support of those around you is nurturing.     

Rosemarie Rossetti

It's more than who you recognize. It's how you recognize. It's when. It's why.     

O.C. Tanner Company

Never miss an opportunity to say a word of congratulation upon anyone's achievement.     

President Lyndon Johnson

No matter how busy you are, you must take time to make the other person feel important.     

Mary Kay Ash

Recognition is the most inexpensive, easy-to-use motivational technique available to management.     

Jim Clemmer

The only thing that happens overnight is recognition. Not talent.     

Carol Haney

Give recognition where it is due. Compliments stimulate more effort and desire to improve. Be generous with honest praising.     

Bruce Lee