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Admiration is a very short-lived passion, that immediately decays upon growing familiar with its object.
      - Joseph Addison

All things are admired either because they are new or because they are great.
      - Francis Bacon

Admiration bestowed upon any one but ourselves is always tedious.
      - Honore de Balzac

Those who are formed to win general admiration are seldom calculated to bestow individual happiness.
      - Lady Marguerite Blessington, Countess of Blessington

There is a wide difference between admiration and love. The sublime, which is the cause of the former, always dwells on great objects and terrible; the latter on small ones and pleasing; we submit to what we admire, but we love what submits to us: in one case we are forced, in the other, we are flattered, into compliance.
      - Edmund Burke

"Not to admire, is all the art I know
  (Plain truth, dear Murray, needs few flowers of speech)
    To make men happy, or to keep them so."
      (So take it in the very words of Creech)
        Thus Horace wrote we all know long ago;
          And thus Pope quotes the precept to re-teach
            From his translation; but had none admired,
              Would Pope have sung, or Horace been inspired?
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto V, 100)

No nobler feeling than this, of admiration for one higher than himself, dwells in the breast of man. It is to this hour, and at all hours, the vivifying influence in man's life.
      - Thomas Carlyle, Heroes and Hero Worship

To admire nothing, (as most are wont to do;)
  Is the only method that I know,
    To make men happy, and to keep them so.
      - Thomas Creech, Translation Horace
         (I, ep. VI, 1)

Distance is a great promoter of admiration.
      - Denis Diderot

When we view elevated ideas of Nature, the result of that view is admiration, which is always the cause of pleasure.
      - John Dryden

We always admire the other person more after we've tried to do his job.
      - William Feather

It may be laid down as a general rule, that no woman who hath any great pretensions to admiration is ever well pleased in a company where she perceives herself to fill only the second place.
      - Henry Fielding

Heroes themselves had fallen behind!
  --Whene'er he went before.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, A Great Man

The king himself has follow'd her
  When she has walk'd before.
      - Oliver Goldsmith,
        Elegy on Mrs. Mary Blaise

Admiration is the basis of ignorance.
      - Baltasar Gracian (used pseudonym Lorenzo Gracian)

None knew thee but to love thee, nor named thee but to praise.
      - Fitz-Greene Halleck

It is better in some respects to be admired by those with whom you live than to be loved by them; and this not on account of any gratification of vanity, but because admiration is so much more tolerant than love.
      - Sir Arthur Helps

Not to be lost in idle admiration is the only sure means of making and preserving happiness.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

Admiration begins where acquaintance ceases.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Admiration must be continued by that novelty which first produces it; and how much soever is given, there must always be reason to imagine that more remains.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

That which astonishes, astonishes once; but whatever is admirable becomes more and more admired.
      - Joseph Joubert

There is an admiration which is the daughter of knowledge.
      - Joseph Joubert

We always love those who admire us, and we do not always love those whom we admire.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld, Maxim

On dit que dans ses amours
  Il fut caresse des belles,
    Qui le suivirent toujours,
      Tant qu'il marcha devant elles.
      - attributed to Bernard de la Monnoye (Monnoie),
        Chanson sue le fameux La Palisse

Few men are admired by their servants.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

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