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Quotes of the Day for 18 July 2001 – Praise

I get one or two pieces of fan mail every day, extolling the benefits of having a new set of quotes to chew on every morning. Such praise feels great. It also suggests that an issue devoted to the subject of Praise might be even more praiseworthy.

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The quotes:

There is no such whetstone, to sharpen a good wit and encourage a will to learning, as is praise.
     - Roger Ascham

What a person praises is perhaps a surer standard, even, than what he condemns, of his character, information, and abilities. No wonder, then, that most people are so shy of praising anything.
     - August W. Hare

It is advantageous to an author that his book should be attacked as well as praised. Fame is a shuttlecock. If it be struck only at one end of the room, it will soon fall to the ground. To keep it up, it must be struck at both ends.
     - Dr. Samuel Johnson, 1709 - 1784

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.
     - Jerome P. Fleishman

You do ill if you praise, but worse if you censure, what you do not understand.
     - Leonardo da Vinci, 1452 - 1519


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