“The applause of a single human being is of great consequence”—Samuel Johnson
Nearly every one of us is starving to be appreciated, to be the recipient of that most supreme compliment—that we are loved.
We need others to recognize our strengths or sometimes just to prop us up in the places where we tend to lean a little.
Honest compliments are simple and cost nothing to give, but we must not underestimate their worth.
Mark Twain once said he could go for two months on a good compliment. Shouldn’t we give them more??
The most loving compliment I’ve ever heard was given by Joseph Choate, former ambassador to Great Britain. When asked who he would like to be if he could come back to earth again after he died, he replied without an instant’s hesitation, “Mrs. Choate’s second husband.”