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Admiration

  • You always admire what you really don't understand.

  • There's nothing makes you admire people like seeing yourself in them.

  • I always wish to find great virtues where there are great talents, and to love what I admire ...

    • Elizabeth Montagu,
    • letter (1774), in Anna Letitia Le Breton, Memoir of Mrs. Barbauld ()
  • [Reviewing the letters of E.B. White:] Your average reviewer — and I am averager than most — must fight the urge to take the typewriter out to the garden and bury it and take up another line of work.

    • Liz Acosta,
    • in Mary McGrory, The Best of Mary McGrory ()
  • At every stage the ability to identify makes possible the happiness of being able to admire the character or achievements of others. If we cannot allow ourselves to appreciate the achievements and qualities of other people — and that means that we are not able to bear the thought that we can never emulate them — we are deprived of sources of great happiness and enrichment. The world would be in our eyes a much poorer place if we had no opportunities of realizing that greatness exists and will go on existing in the future. Such admiration also stirs up something in us and increases indirectly our belief in ourselves.

    • Melanie Klein,
    • "Our Adult World and Its Roots in Infancy" (1959), Envy and Gratitude & Other Works 1946-1963 ()
  • Admiration is one of the chief delights of living.

  • ... none but the estimable shall hear from me that I esteem them. The whole world is entitled to my courtesy, but greater tribute than that must be earned through virtuous acts.

  • You can't ever be really free if you admire somebody too much.

  • It is not enough to become admired, one must also be forgiven for it.

  • Awe consumes any brand that ignites it ...

  • As a general rule, fans and idols should always be kept at arm's length, the length of the arm to be proportionate to the degree of sheer idolatry involved. Don't take a Beatle to lunch. Don't wait up to see if the Easter Bunny is real. Just enjoy the egg hunt.

  • i wanna go see her and ask her if she will teach us how to use our voices like she used hers on that old 78 record ...

    • Hattie Gossett,
    • "billie lives! billie lives!" in Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa, eds., This Bridge Called My Back ()