Admiration Quotes

Albert Camus

The Royal Spanish Academy of Language defines the act of “admiring” as the action of “seeing, contemplating or considering with special esteem or assault someone or something, which attracts attention for qualities judged as extraordinary”.

On this occasion we will discuss some of the phrases that the most famous writers have written about this feeling throughout history.

“There are more things worthy of admiration in man than for contempt.”(Albert Camus, French writer).

In a clear humanist sense, this early 20th-century French writer tries to highlight how positive there is in the human condition, stating that within each being there are more things that are worthy of admiration than contempt.

It is important to remember that Camus is a writer who lived through the two World Wars, and like his contemporaries could at the same time see the worst of what can be in humans, as well as the most beautiful of what we are capable of, and even though in his books they can find brazen scenarios, however there is always a call for beauty that lies in every human being.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

“We admire things for reasons, but we love them for no reason.”
(Gilbert Keith Chesterton, British writer)

In this case, this English writer comes to contrast Admiration versus love, stating that the former is always motivated by clear positive reasons, that somehow come to justify our feeling of wonder to what we admire, while that on the contrary love is always blind or at least not based on clear motives, but simply arises for no apparent reason.

In this sense we will always be clear why we admire someone, but we will never know for sure (even if we can see the positive qualities of the object of our love) why we love.

Joseph Joubert

“What surprises, surprises once, but what is admirable is more the more you admire.”
(Joseph Joubert, French essayist and moralist)

This French author also tries to put a contrast between two feelings, in this fall that of “surprise” and that of “admiration”. Thus, Joubert argues that the surprising only is in the first instance, because this feeling depends on the first moment, after which it decreases, being no longer so surprising.

On the other hand, what we admire will hardly cease to seem less admirable over time, on the contrary our admiration will tend to grow, for the more we contemplate what marvels us, much more will amaze us, making our admiration grow in front of the admired object.

Tristan Bernard

Two things admire me: the intelligence of the beasts and the bestiality of men.
(Tristan Bernard, French novelist and journalist)

In this sentence, Bernard tries to express how the human, despite believing himself the superior being of the evolutionary scale as well as the smartest on the surface of the earth, actually keeps much of his wild and animal side, and on a daily basis he expresses it in his interp relationships ersonal and social, in contrast to those animal beings, called by us as beasts, and that nevertheless within their herds and in the development of their lives don´t commit the atrocities of which some of the members of the great human herd.

In the face of this, the French writer has nothing left but to feel great admiration, even if in this case the word “admiration” is bathed by a delight of irony.

For this contemporary Latin American writer, admiration implies in those who admire some greatness. First, Sábate must refer to the fact that one cannot admire what is not recognized as admirable, in which case one must have a little understanding and knowledge about the subject, object or person to whom we direct that feeling, so admiration does not can occur in an area where ignorance reiness.

On the other hand, admiring also requires recognizing that someone or something outweighs us in talent, skills or beauty, and for that it also requires some implicit humility. In this sense, admiration would be the result of knowledge and humility, traits that undoubtedly refer to the personal greatness of one who directs his admiration for something or someone.


!Do so that you are admired and not what belongs to you.!
(Juvenal, Roman satirical poet)

This phrase is the old version of the phrase that says “one must be valid for what it is and not for what it has”.

In this case, this poet of the ancient Roman Empire warns people that it must be their human behavior and essence that must be enriched every day, so that they are reflected in concrete actions, that they awaken the admiration of those around them. And not only to rely on accumulating wealth that surprises or causes admiration, without repairing in everyday acts, which are at the end of the day the ones who will speak for us.

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Admiration Quotes
Source: Education  
August 28, 2019

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