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The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked what I thought, and attended to my answer.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American naturalist, poet and philosopher.

Everybody likes a compliment.

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) Politician. President of the United States.

Don't tell a woman she's pretty; tell her there's no other woman like her, and all roads will open to you.

Jules Renard (1864-1910) French writer.

When millions applaud you seriously ask yourself what harm you have done; and when they disapprove you, what good.

Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832) British clergyman, sportsman and author.

No compliment can be eloquent, except as an expression of indifference.

George Eliot (1819-1880) British writer.


Compliments cost nothing, yet many pay dear for them.

Thomas Fuller (1608-1661) British clergyman and author.

A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885) French poet, dramatist and novelist.

Hunger is never delicate; they who are seldom gorged to the full with praise may be safely fed with gross compliments, for the appetite must be satisfied before it is disgusted.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) British author.

Usually we praise only to be praised.

François de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680) French writer.

When you cannot get a compliment in any other way pay yourself one.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) U.S. humorist, writer, and lecturer.