Compliment quotes and sayings

A compliment is verbal sunshine.
Robert Orben

His worst is better than any other person’s best.
William Hazlitt

A compliment is like a kiss through a veil.
Victor Hugo

His vocal cords were kissed by God.
Harold Schoenberg

Some folks pay a compliment like they went down in their pocket for it.
Kin Hubbard

Some people pay a compliment as if they expected a receipt.
Kin Hubbard

Most people are such fools that it is really no great compliment to say that a man is above the average.
W. Somerset Maugham

It is great to get praise from the lips of taciturnity.
John Addington Symonds

Incredibly, inordinately, devastatingly, immortally, calamitously, hearteningly, adorably beautiful.
Rupert Brooke

It is fun to be in the same decade with you.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

I can live for two months on a good compliment.
Mark Twain

Whenever a man’s friends begin to compliment him about looking young, he may be sure that they think he is growing old.
Washington Irving

To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved.
George MacDonald

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

‘A was a man, take him for all in all, I shall not look upon his like again.

William Shakespeare

Women are never disarmed by compliments; men always are.
Oscar Wilde

The rich are always advising the poor, but the poor seldom return the compliment.
Lord Chesterfield

An occasional compliment is necessary to keep up one’s self respect.
Mark Twain

She walks in beauty, like the night Of cloudless climes and starry skies; And all that’s best of dark and bright Meet in her aspect and her eyes.
Lord Byron

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

She is Venus when she smiles; But she’s Juno when she walks, And Minerva when she talks.
Ben Jonson

Irony is an insult conveyed in the form of a compliment.
Edwin P. Whipple

The sweetest thing that ever grew Beside a human door!
William Wordsworth

Insults should be written in sand, compliments should be carved in stone.
Arab Proverb

He talked on for ever; and you wished him to talk on for ever.
William Hazlitt

When you cannot get a compliment any other way, pay yourself one.
Mark Twain

I don’t like compliments, and I don’t see why a man should think he is pleasing a woman enormously when he says to her a whole heap of things that he doesn’t mean.
Oscar Wilde

Roses are flowering in Picardy, But there’s never a rose like you.
Frederic Edward Weatherly

What flatterers say, try to make true.
German Proverb

Next to a sincere compliment, I think I like a well-deserved and honest rebuke.
William Feather

Men prefer brief praise, pitched high; women are satisfied with praise in a lower key, just so it goes on and on.
Mignon McLaughlin

Compliments cost nothing, yet many pay dear for them.
Thomas Fuller

Everybody likes a compliment.
Abraham Lincoln

Flatterers look like friends, as wolves like dogs.
George Chapman

When two people compliment each other with the choice of anything, each of them generally gets that which he likes least.
Alexander Pope

The highest compliment that you can pay me is to say that I work hard every day, that I never dog it.
Wayne Gretzky

When a man makes a woman his wife, it’s the highest compliment he can pay her, and it’s usually the last.
Helen Rowland

Nature made him, and then broke the mould.
Ludovico Ariosto

If God created us in His image we have certainly returned the compliment.

Oh, thou art fairer than the evening air Clad in the beauty of a thousand stars.
Christopher Marlowe

Twas never merry world Since lowly feigning was called compliment.
William Shakespeare

Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale Her infinite variety. Other women cloy The appetites they feed, but she makes hungry Where most she satisfies.
William Shakespeare

There is nothing you can say in answer to a compliment. I have been complimented myself a great many times, and they always embarrass me –I always feel that they have not said enough.
Mark Twain

I really lack the words to compliment myself today.
Alberto Tomba

As hypocrisy is said to be the highest compliment to virtue, the art of lying is the strongest acknowledgment of the force of truth.
William Hazlitt

That guy has muscles in places most people don’t have places.
Bucky Waters

Modesty is the only sure bait when you angle for praise.
Lord Chesterfield

For all their compliments do verses pay? They mayn’t, yet these same poems make me gay.
Marcus Aurelius

There never was a woman who did not prefer an oblique compliment to a straight truth – if the latter were unflattering.
Minna Antrim

I refuse the compliment that I think like a man, thought has no sex, one either thinks or one does not.
Clare Boothe Luce

If it does stand out [my clothing], then I guess it’s a compliment, but I just wear whatever feels comfortable.
Shania Twain

A compliment is usually accompanied with a bow, as if to beg pardon for paying it.
A.W. Hare and J.C. Hare

A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.
Victor Hugo

Lying has a kind of respect and reverence with it. We pay a person the compliment of acknowledging his superiority whenever we lie to him.
Samuel Butler

We were told our campaign wasn’t sufficiently slick. We regard that as a compliment.
Margaret Thatcher

A person given to barefaced flattery, will usually balance the account with interest in your absence.
Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare

Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough.
George Moore

Her very frowns are fairer far Than smiles of other maidens are.
Hartley Coleridge

My doctor said to me afterwards, ‘When you were ill you behaved like a true philosopher. Every time you came to yourself you made a joke.’ I never had a compliment that pleased me more.
Bertrand Russell