François de La Rochefoucauld quote about narcissism from Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims - Usually we only praise to be praised.
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Usually we only praise to be praised.
 François de La Rochefoucauld, Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims (1665). copy citation

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Author François de La Rochefoucauld
Source Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims
Topic narcissism praise
Date 1665
Language English
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Note Translated by J. W. Willis Bund
Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/9105/9105-h/9105-h.htm

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“The one takes it as the reward of merit, the other bestows it to show his impartiality and knowledge.
145.—We often select envenomed praise which, by a reaction upon those we praise, shows faults we could not have shown by other means.
146.—Usually we only praise to be praised.
147.—Few are sufficiently wise to prefer censure which is useful to praise which is treacherous.
148.—Some reproaches praise; some praises reproach.
["Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer, And, without sneering, teach the rest to sneer."” source
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