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Compliments

  • If you think a complimentary thought about someone, don't just think it. Dare to compliment people and pass on compliments to them from others.

  • ... all Compliments Exceed the Truth ...

  • I am in perfect health, and hear it said I look better than ever I did in my life, which is one of those lies one is always glad to hear.

  • But that is one great difference between us. Compliments always take you by surprise, and me never.

  • ... there is such a mistaken notion abroad in this country that the individual who makes sharp remarks must be sincere, while the one who says pleasant things must be more or less a humbug.

  • 'Are you a horticulturist?' ... 'Why do you ask?' 'Because your compliments are so flowery!'

  • I'm sure you're much nicer than you look!

  • ... nothing makes people so worthy of compliments as occasionally receiving them. One is more delightful for being told one is delightful — just as one is more angry for being told one is angry.

  • I long ago exhausted the English language in commendation of her efforts. Nothing is so wearing on one as continual demand for praise ...

  • To hear how special and wonderful we are is endlessly enthralling.

  • As a singer you're a great dancer.

    • Amy Leslie,
    • to George Primrose, in Edward B. Marks, They All Sang ()
  • 'You are like me!' The deepest flattery one creature pays its fellow, the cry which is uttered when another enters 'our country.'

  • Darling, I don't care what anybody says — I thought you were marvellous.

  • [On Mickey Spillane's early detective novels:] They give me the feeling of hearing a military band in a public park.

    • Ayn Rand,
    • 1961, in Michael S. Berliner, ed., Letters of Ayn Rand ()
  • Since sane people rarely surround themselves with furnishings which they personally find repellent, it is logical to assume that it will generate a bit of goodwill to enthuse about those they have ...

  • [On Dorothy Thompson:] Even if I hadn't liked her, I would have liked her, if you know what I mean.

    • Rebecca West,
    • 1952, in Bonnie Kime Scott, ed., Selected Letters of Rebecca West ()
  • ... watch out fer these fellers around here. It ain't safe fer a pretty girl. Why, I had one just now tell me I looked like a breath of spring. Well, he didn't use them words, exactly. He said I looked like the end of a hard winter.

  • I believe that you should praise people whenever you can; it causes them to respond as a thirsty plant responds to water.

    • Mary Kay Ash,
    • in Dayle M. Smith, The Practical Executive and Leadership ()
  • There is an Irish way of paying compliments as though they were irresistible truths which makes what otherwise would be an impertinence, delightful.

  • A compliment is a gift, not to be thrown away carelessly unless you want to hurt the giver.

  • What are compliments? They are things you say to people when you don't know what else to say.

    • Constance Jones,
    • The Ten Years' Agreement: An Experiment in Matrimony
    • ()
  • Never let an opportunity pass to give a well-deserved compliment.

  • Leaders value other people's worth and opinions and take the time to let them know they are important. It doesn't take very much time to pay someone a compliment. The average is six seconds.

    • Jean Gatz,
    • in Connie Podesta and Jean Gatz, How to Be the Person Successful Companies Fight to Keep ()
  • [To Edgar Allan Poe who said she was 'the greatest poet of her sex':] What could I say in return except, 'Sir, you are the most discerning of yours!'