I much prefer the sharpest criticism of a single intelligent man to the thoughtless approval of the masses.
He gains everyone's approval who mixes the pleasant with the useful.
A man cannot be made comfortable without his own approval.
People who want the most approval get the least and people who need approval the least get the most.
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Do not look for approval except for the consciousness of doing your best.
Consult. To seek another's approval of a course already decided on.
We should be seeking the approval of God, not the approval of people.
Everybody has the right to be left alone but nobody has the right to demand approval.
All my children have spoken for themselves since they first learned to speak, and not always with my advance approval, and I expect that to continue in the future.
As much as we thirst for approval we dread condemnation.
I have yet to find the man, however exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism.
I can spot empty flattery and know exactly where I stand.
In the end it's really only my own approval or disapproval that means anything.
The pursuit of approval usually ends in disaster.
Courage, not compromise, brings the smile of God's approval.
Even though I don't feel I need approval, it's still important to me to give a good performance. I'm hard on myself.
The tragedy for comedians is there's nothing more they want than to be liked.
We desperately seek approval. It's almost like a personality disorder you can do as a job.
Now, I have big-money offers on three movies, and I have director approval.
That's kind of scary,' he says. 'No directors have been attached. That's a lot of pressure on me.
But presidential approval also became a surrogate measure of national unity and patriotism.
The primary joy of life is acceptance, approval, the sense of appreciation and companionship of our human comrades. Many men do not understand that the need for fellowship is really as deep as the need for food, and so they go through life accepting many substitutes for genuine, warm, simple relatedness.
When we read of human beings behaving in certain ways, with the approval of the author, who gives his benediction to this behavior by his attitude towards the result of the behavior arranged by himself, we can be influenced towards behaving in the same way.
It is the story-teller's task to elicit sympathy and a measure of understanding for those who lie outside the boundaries of State approval.
In my wide association in life, meeting with many and great men in various parts of the world, I have yet to find the man, however great or exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than he would ever do under a spirit of criticism.
When one is trying to do something beyond his known powers it is useless to seek the approval of friends. Friends are at their best in moments of defeat.
The most splendid achievement of all is the constant striving to surpass yourself and to be worthy of your own approval.
Critics who treat adult as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adults themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence.... When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty, I read them openly. When I became a man, I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.
Fame is an illusive thing -- here today, gone tomorrow.
The fickle, shallow mob raises its heroes to the pinnacle of approval today and hurls them into oblivion tomorrow at the slightest whim; cheers today, hisses tomorrow; utter forgetfulness in a few months.
Our faith acknowledges that no two people think, believe, taste, feel, hear, or encounter life in the same way. Those who are disciplined, for whatever reason, to conform to a single commonly held creed seek their own truthful and compassionate ways to live. We give our approval and seek acceptance because it is validating. It frees us to become our best selves. It is our very differences that make it necessary to practice acceptance toward one another.
Hardly a man in the world has an opinion upon morals, politics or religion which he got otherwise than through his associations and sympathies. Broadly speaking, there are none but corn-pone opinions. And broadly speaking, Corn-Pone stands for Self-Approval. Self-approval is acquired mainly from the approval of other people. The result is Conformity.
Nothing is so foolish, they say, as for a man to stand for office and woo the crowd to win its vote, buy its support with presents, court the applause of all those fools and feel self-satisfied when they cry their approval, and then in his hour of triumph to be carried round like an effigy for the public to stare at, and end up cast in bronze to stand in the market place.
Those whose approval you seek most give you the least.
The approval of the public is to be avoided like the plague.
It is absolutely essential to keep the public from entering if one wishes to avoid confusion. I must add that the public must be kept panting in expectation at the gate by a system of challenges and provocations.
When a man feels throbbing within him the power to do what he undertakes as well as it can possibly be done, and all of his faculties say amen to what he is doing, and give their unqualified approval to his efforts, - this is happiness, this is success.
A widow is a fascinating being with the flavor of maturity, the spice of experience, the piquancy of novelty, the tang of practiced coquetry, and the halo of one man's approval.
If I could believe the Quakers banned music because church music is so damn bad, I should view them with approval.
But things such as 'Harry Potter', all I can do is shape my character, seek the director's approval on that, and basically take it from there. Professor Flitwick in 'Harry Potter', I kind of defined how I saw him from reading the book, and luckily that matched up with the director's vision.
The role at the DCCC as well as the role of chief deputy whip - I wouldn't be where I am in those spots if it were not for the speaker's approval.
You should seek approval from yourself.
People striving for approval from others become phony.
Whenever I do a deal I always have the right of approval.
Giving jazz the Congressional seal of approval is a little like making Huck Finn an honorary Boy Scout.
One month, two months, I am ready to accept any accord on this point that has the approval of the inspectors.
President Bush has said that he does not need approval from the UN to wage war, and I'm thinking, well, hell, he didn't need the approval of the American voters to become president, either.
Applause felt like approval, and it became a drug that soothed the pain, but only temporarily.
We've got a dictatorial president and a Justice Department that does not want Congress involved. Your guy's acting like he's king. His dad was at a 90 percent approval rating and he lost! And the same thing can happen to him!
Most urgently, women's identity must be premised upon our "beauty" so that we will remain vulnerable to outside approval, carrying the vital sensitive organ of self-esteem exposed to the air.
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
She's leaving when the president has one of the highest approval ratings on record. From here, it can only go down. And when it does, you know who they're going to blame. They're gonna blame Andy Card!
But I'm not worried about seeking out the approval of others - that high school thing of joining the club.
Is it any wonder, why the approval ratings of the Congress go up every time we go into recess?
It was quite instant that he wanted Harry's approval.
Did you notice that? And the children sort of rescued him this time. It's a great turnabout. That's what happens as your children get older. They do things for you, and it's quite shocking when they do.
This funding from the National Endowment for the Arts has been like the Good Housekeeping seal of approval.