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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
 
Praise
 
A man finds no sweeter voice in the world than that which chants his praises.  Fontenelle.  1
A puff of wind and popular praise weigh alike.  2
Approbation from Sir Hubert Stanley is praise indeed.  Thomas Morton.  3
Be not the trumpeter of your own praise.  Greek.  4
Damn with faint praise.  5
Even too much praise is a burden.  6
Every pedler praises his own needles.  Spanish, Portuguese.  7
Every potter praises his own pot and the more if it be cracked.  Italian, Spanish.  8
Faint praise is akin to abuse.  9
Full praise must not be given to the horse that wins the race, but to the man that keeps the stable.  Chinese.  10
Good things should be praised.  Shakespeare.  11
He dwells afar from neighbors who is fain to praise himself.  12
He is a fool that praises himself and a madman that speaks ill of himself.  Danish.  13
He that doeth good for praise only meriteth but a puff of wind.  14
He that is loudly praised will be clamorously censured.  15
He that praiseth bestows a favor, and he that detracts commits a robbery.  16
He that praiseth publicly will slander privately.  17
He that refuseth praise the first time does it because he would have it the second.  18
He who praises himself befouls himself.  Italian.  19
He who praises himself must have bad neighbors.  German.  20
If thou wouldst have praise, die.  Welsh.  21
In doing what we ought we deserve no praise because it is our duty.  St. Augustine.  22
It is more difficult to praise rightly than to blame.  23
It is not good praising a ford until one be over.  24
Let another man praise thee and not thine own mouth.  25
Let every man praise the bridge he goes over.  26
Neither praise nor dispraise any before you know them.  27
Neither praise nor dispraise thyself; thine actions serve the turn.  28
Neither speak well or ill of yourself; if well, men will not believe you, if ill they will believe a great deal more than you say.  29
Never praise a man for being like a woman, nor a woman for resembling a man.  Quædaretus.  30
Never sound the trumpet of your own praise.  31
None ever gives the lie to him that praiseth him.  32
Of whom to be disprais’d were no small praise.  Milton.  33
Old praise dies unless you feed it.  34
One has only to die to be praised.  German.  35
Our praises are our wages.  Shakespeare.  36
Praise a fool and you may make him useful.  Danish.  37
Praise doth a wise man good and a fool harm.  38
Praise borrowed from ancestors is but sorry praise.  Danish.  39
Praise from Sir Hubert is praise indeed. (The correct quotation is as above.)  Thomas Morton.  40
Praise is not pudding.  41
Praise is pleasing to him that thinks he deserves it.  42
Praise is the hire of virtue.  43
Praise makes good men better and bad men worse.  44
Praise not the unworthy on account of their wealth.  Bias.  45
Praise not yourself.  Sri Lankan.  46
Praise paves the way to friendship.  Danish.  47
Praise the sea and keep on land.  French, Italian.  48
Praise undeserved is satire in disguise.  Broadhurst.  49
Praise undeserved is scandal in disguise.  Pope.  50
 
 
Praise without profit puts little in the pot.  51
Praise yourself, basket, for I want to sell you.  Spanish.  52
Praises are a spur to virtue, but flatteries are a subtle poison.  Petrarch.  53
Praising is not loving.  German.  54
Self-praise defiles.  55
Self-praise is half slander.  56
Self-praise is odious.  57
Self-praise is the ground of hatred.  58
Self-praise stinks.  59
The praise of a wise man is worth a whole theatre of others.  Pittacus.  60
The praise of a fool is censure in disguise.  61
The public is more disposed to censure than to praise.  Addison.  62
The sweetest of all sounds is praise.  Xenophon.  63
The virtues of the young are increased by praise.  Theophrastus.  64
They that value not praise will never do anything worthy of it.  65
Too much praise is a burthen.  66
True praise takes root and spreads.  67
 
 
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