Give recognition where it is due. Complements definitely stimulate more effort and desire to improve. Be generous with honest praising.
– Bruce Lee
In the best, the friendliest and simplest relations flattery or praise is necessary, just as grease is necessary to keep wheels turning.
– Leo Tolstoy
There is no wine in the world as heady as applause; and it has the same effect. It temporarily subdues anxiety and restores confidence.
– Khushwant Singh
So long as men praise you, you can only be sure that you are not yet on your own true path but on someone else’s.
– Friedrich Nietzsche
I am human and I am very sensitive, so of course it hurts when there is someone out there criticizing you. You work to do your best, you work to receive appreciation. It definitely hurts me lesser today because with time and experience I have learned to reduce the negativity and truly recognize the positivity in life which is so much more.
– Aishwarya Rai
I certainly fall in love with artists. I think that’s probably the aspiration of an artist, to make a listener empathize so deeply that they do fall in love with you.
– K.D. Lang
Everyone needs to be valued. Everyone has the potential to give something back.
– Princess Diana
Life is too short to waste your time on people who don’t respect, appreciate, and value you.
– Roy Bennett
Sometimes we don’t realize the blessings we have until we no longer have them. Appreciate all the blessings in your life, take none for granted.
– Catherine Pulsifer
What if you gave someone a gift, and they neglected to thank you for it – would you be likely to give them another? Life is the same way. In order to attract more of the blessings that life has to offer, you must truly appreciate what you already have.
– Ralph Marston
I just find myself happy with the simple things. Appreciating the blessings God gave me.
But sound aloud the praises, and give the victor-crown
To our noble-hearted Firemen, who fear not danger’s frown.
– Frederic G.W. Fenn
Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you. Love me and I may be forced to love you.
– William Arthur Ward
One of the most beautiful gifts in the world is the gift of encouragement. When someone encourages you, that person helps you over a threshold you might otherwise never have crossed on your own.
– John O’Donohue
You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins.
– Jim Stovall
I consider my ability to arouse enthusiasm among men the greatest asset I possess. The way to develop the best that is in a man is by appreciation and encouragement.
– Charles Schwab
Taking an interest in what others are thinking and doing is often a much more powerful form of encouragement than praise.
– Robert Martin
A person places themselves on a level with the ones they praise.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.
– Norman Vincent Peale
The important thing to me is that I’m not driven by people’s praise and I’m not slowed down by people’s criticism. I’m just trying to work at the highest level I can.
– Russell Crowe
Praise is warming and desirable. But it is an earned thing. It has to be deserved, like a hug from a child.
– Phyllis McGinley
It is more difficult to praise rightly than to blame.
– Thomas Fuller
You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.
– John Wooden
We are apt to love praise, but not deserve it. But if we would deserve it, we must love virtue more than that.
– William Penn
There are two things people want more than sex and money… recognition and praise.
– Mary Kay Ash
Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement – and we will make the goal.
– Robert Collier
Many know how to flatter, few know how to praise.
– Wendell Phillips
Nothing is more effective than sincere, accurate praise, and nothing is more lame than a cookie-cutter compliment.
– Bill Walsh
Encouragement to others is something everyone can give. Somebody needs what you have to give. It may not be your money; it may be your time. It may be your listening ear. It may be your arms to encourage. It may be your smile to uplift. Who knows?
– Joel Osteen
Awards can give you a tremendous amount of encouragement to keep getting better, no matter how young or old you are.
– Alan Alda