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[ Also see Admiration Cultivation Discernment Gratitude Indifference Perception Sensibility Taste ]

He is a fool who is not for love and beauty. I speak unto the young, for I am of them and always shall be.
      - Philip James Bailey

Men should allow others' excellences, to preserve a modest opinion of their own.
      - Isaac Barrow

To guard the mind against the temptation of thinking that there are no good people, say to them: "Be such as you would like to see others, and you will find those who resemble you."
      - Jacques Benigue Bossuet

Those who, from the desire of our perfection, have the keenest eye far our faults generally compensate for it by taking a higher view of our merits than we deserve.
      - John Frederick Boyes

Appreciate me now, and avoid the rush.
      - Ashleigh Brilliant

Praise is a debt we owe unto the virtues of others, and due unto our own from all whom malice hath not made mutes or envy struck dumb.
      - Sir Thomas Browne

In no time whatever can small critics entirely eradicate out of living men's hearts a certain altogether peculiar collar reverence for Great Men--genuine admiration, loyalty, adora-tion.
      - Thomas Carlyle

In this world there is one godlike thing, the essence of all that ever was or ever will be of godlike in this world,--the veneration done to human worth by the hearts of men.
      - Thomas Carlyle

It often happens that those of whom we speak least on earth are best known in heaven.
      - Nicolas Caussin

Sometimes a common scene in nature--one of the common relations of life--will open itself to us with a brightness and pregnancy of meaning unknown before. Sometimes a thought of this kind forms an era in life. It a changes the whole future course. It is a new creation.
      - William Ellery Channing

We never know a greater character until something congenial to it has grown up within ourselves.
      - William Ellery Channing

Neither the praise nor the blame is our own.
      - Abraham Cowley

Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them. It depends on the mood of the man, whether he shall see the sunset or the fine poem. There are always sunsets, and there is always genius; but only a few hours so serene that we can relish nature or criticism. The more or less depends on structure or temperament. Temperament is the iron wire on which the beads are strung. Of what use is fortune or talent to a cold and defective store?
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The charming landscape which I saw this morning is indubitably made up of some twenty or thirty farms. Miller owns this field, Locke that, and Manning the woodland beyond. But none of them owns the landscape. There is a property in the horizon which no man has but he whose eye can integrate all the parts, that is, the poet. This is the best part of these men's farms, yet to this their warranty-deeds give no title.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Next to invention is the power of interpreting invention; next to beauty, the power of appreciating beauty.
      - Sarah Margaret Fuller (used pseudonym Marchioness Ossoli)

If you would but exchange places with the other fellow, how much more you could appreciate your own position.
      - Victor E. Gardner

To appreciate the noble is a gain which can never be torn from us.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We are accustomed to see men deride what they do not understand; and snarl at the good and beautiful because it lies beyond their sympathies.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Were not the eye made to receive the rays of the sun, it could not behold the sun; if the peculiar power of God lay not in us, how could the godlike charm us?
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Were she perfect, one would admire her more, but love her less.
      - Henry Grattan

Our companions please us less from the charms we find in their conversation than from those they find in ours.
      - Sir Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, Lord Brooke

You may fail to shine, in the opinion of others, both in your conversation and actions, from being superior, as well as inferior to them.
      - Sir Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, Lord Brooke

It is very singular how the fact of a man's death often seems to give people a truer idea of his character, whether for good or evil, than they have ever possessed while he was living and acting among them.
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne

We are very much what others think of us. The reception our observations meet with gives us courage to proceed or damps our efforts.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

In an audience of rough people a generous sentiment always brings down the house. In the tumult of war both sides applaud an heroic deed.
      - Thomas Wentworth Higginson

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