Mamma says I have made a bad commencement to my letter—that self-praise is no recommendation.
I don't like to indulge in self-praise, but I believe I know a thing or two.
self-praise, it used to be held, is no recommendation; but that was before the War.
This self-praise he utters with a mien of ironic desperation.
When people do ever such great things, if they do it for self-praise, and not for love, it does not profit them anything.
I mention this only because it is a fact: not from motives of self-praise and vanity.
He entirely agreed with his opponents that self-praise was no honour.
I do not care to boast, you understand, and to be forced into self-praise is abhorrent to me.
But her self-praise had in it nothing of joy, and her glory was very sad.
There are many pages of self-criticism in the Journals, but not one of self-praise.
c.1300, "to laud, commend, flatter," from Old French preisier, variant of prisier "to praise, value," from Late Latin preciare, earlier pretiare (see price (n.)). Replaced Old English lof, hreþ.
Specifically with God as an object from late 14c. Related: Praised; praising. Now a verb in most Germanic languages (German preis, Danish pris, etc.), but only in English is it differentiated in form from cognate price.
early 14c., not common until 16c., from praise (v.).