Diogenes Laertius, Lives of the Philosophers
6.5 (Life of Antisthenes
, tr. R.D. Hicks):
Once, when he was applauded by rascals, he remarked, "I am horribly afraid I have done something wrong."
ἐπαινούμενός ποτε ὑπὸ πονηρῶν, ἔφη, "ἀγωνιῶ μή τι κακὸν εἴργασμαι."
"Many men praise you," said one. "Why, what wrong have I done?" was his rejoinder.
πρὸς τὸν εἰπόντα "πολλοί σε ἐπαινοῦσι," "τί γάρ," ἔφη, "κακὸν πεποίηκα;"
Charlotte Brontë, Shirley
On abuse, on reproach, on calumny, it is easy to smile; but painful indeed is the panegyric of those we contemn.
C.S. Lewis, Of Other Worlds: Essays and Stories
(New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1967), p. 44:
Fatuous praise from a manifest fool may hurt more than any depreciation.