‘I am proud of you’ may be one of the biggest compliments you can ever say to a person. It works deep wonders in the mind and often yields nervous reactions.
Like most compliments, the most common way to respond to this statement is by showing appreciation. You can simply say ‘Thank you’.
An even better response to this statement is a modest one and you can do that by acknowledging how the speaker or another person has influenced your achievement. For example, you can say ‘We did this together’.
Below are 25 different responses you can say when someone is ‘proud of you’.
25 Best Replies When Someone Says “I am proud of you”
- Thank you, mum/dad.
- I couldn’t have done this without you.
- I can’t believe I got this far.
- I didn’t do this alone. I am grateful to have you.
- I wish I could go further but I’m happy with this.
- We did this. It’s our victory.
- Thanks, buddy.
- All thanks to God.
- I hope I can achieve my dreams from here.
- I am proud of myself too.
- I’m ashamed of you though.
- I didn’t think I could get here.
- Thank you. That means so much.
- It’s the first time I’m hearing that from anyone.
- And you were there for me all through. This victory is yours.
- You did this. All credit goes to you.
- I know. Buy me a meal when you’re done.
- I am lucky to have you, dear.
- It’s your help that got me this far.
- I don’t know how best to thank you.
- You’ve been my firm support from the start. Thank you.
- I am appreciative of the fact that you are my friend
- I am grateful for all you’ve done to get me this far.
- That makes my day.
Thank you, mum/dad
As we have stated in the introduction, it is common to respond to compliments with ‘Thank you’. ‘I am proud of you’ is not just any compliment so it shouldn’t be something you boast about.
It refers to how a person feels about how far you have gone or how much you have achieved. It implies that the person is impressed with your achievements.
If your parents say this to you, you can respond by simply saying thank you.
‘I am proud of you’ shows that the speaker is impressed with you. It simply refers to what the speaker feels about you and, while it is often magnificent, it is not necessarily something that surprises many people.
In fact, you may not be surprised or impressed with what you have done.
You can say ‘really’ to show that you don’t consider your achievement impressive. You can say this if you think it is what many people can do.
With this response, you may get to know if the person is only claiming to be proud of you just so he or she can see you smile.
The person may also get to convince you that you haven’t done something ordinary.
You may also say ‘really’ if you wish to go further than you already have.
I couldn’t have done this without you
Another really special way to respond to compliments is to be modest. What can be more modest than sharing the glory of your accomplishment with someone else?
It will be even much sweeter if the person you are sharing it with is the one talking to you.
This response shows you throwing the compliment back at the speaker. It implies that he or she is to blame for what you have accomplished and he or she should be praised too.
You can say this if it’s your parents talking to you. You are indirectly thanking them for all they have done to assist and support you.
To show that you appreciate their efforts on you, you can even mention some of them. You can talk about how much money is spent on you. You can talk about the teachings.
You can talk about the encouragement you get from them regularly. You can talk about just any form of help from the littlest to the greatest of them all.
This may even be the best way to avoid being nervous, as you will be taking the attention away from yourself and putting it on your parents.
I can’t believe I got this far
Here is another form of modesty. Instead of talking about your efforts and how you deserve to go far, you can simply blame it on the grace you’ve received.
This response implies that you didn’t think you could achieve what you are being praised for or you didn’t think you could go as far as you have gone.
You can even make it sweeter by thanking God or thanking the person in front of you for helping you out. You may also thank someone who is absent. You will still be pushing the attention away from you.
I didn’t do this alone. I am grateful to have you
This is another way to praise the person talking to you but, of course, it will still sound strange if you are talking to someone who hasn’t actually helped or been around for you in any way.
You can use this response if you are talking to someone who has been there for you.
You are implying that the person helped you achieve what you did and you are also showing appreciation directly.
This is a good show of modesty.
I wish I could go further but I’m happy with this
As we have discussed earlier, ‘I am proud of you’ is simply the speaker’s opinion on what you achieved. While he or she may actually consider it special, it doesn’t mean that others consider it special.
It may also not be a special achievement for you either. However, showing that you are not satisfied may seem like you are being ungrateful.
This response shows that you wish you achieved more. You wish you could go further than where you already are.
It also adds appreciation to show that you are happy with how far you have gone, even though you always wanted more.
We did this. It’s our victory
Sharing the glory of your victory is always a good idea unless you are sharing with someone who hasn’t been of any help to you.
This response shows that you both have a hand in the achievement that you are being praised for. You are directly saying the speaker should praise himself or herself too since you both achieved it together.
You can say this if you are talking to your friend. It is okay for a friend to say he or she is proud of you.
It may seem uncommon but it definitely shows that you have achieved something really big and everyone just has to acknowledge what you have achieved.
You should wear a big smile and give him or her a hug to show you are happy with the moment.
All thanks to God
Another form of modesty is to give glory to God. This does not turn the attention away from you but it will still show that you are not taking all the glory for yourself.
You are not boasting about what you have achieved. Rather, you are saying the achievement would be impossible without the presence of God.
I hope I can achieve my dreams from here
We all have our dreams. What some people consider to be a good time to stop may be the starting point for other people.
While the speaker may think you have done something impossible, you may think you want to do more impossible things.
This response implies that what you have achieved is not your dream. It also implies that it is not the end of the road for you and your dreams. In other words, you can still move further in the pursuit of your dreams.
This shows that you are happy with what you are achieved but you are not satisfied. It also shows that you are not sure about being able to achieve your dreams but you are willing to pursue.
I am proud of myself too
This is a funny response you can give if you are talking to a close friend. As we have discussed earlier, claiming the compliment may sound like you are being arrogant about your achievement.
While being funny about it can make it seem less boastful, it will still be considered a form of pride if you are saying this to the wrong person.
There are people who are jealous of you and can’t fail to see faults even when there are none.
Say this if you are talking to a close friend. It implies that you are also happy with what you have achieved. You may also add that you are surprised about how far you have gone.
Instead of acting all confident about it, showing surprise will show that you are human too and you are happy.
Thanks. I’m ashamed of you though
This sounds like an insult but it isn’t necessarily an insult if you are not saying it to the wrong person. Also, it isn’t wrong if you are not saying it for the wrong reasons.
You can say this to your close friend and make a comment on why he or she did not show up to celebrate with you… of course, this is the best situation to use this statement.
When you say this initially, it may sound rude and boastful. You can simply mention how the person didn’t come to watch you play. This will definitely be found funny.
I didn’t think I could get here
Here is another modest response that shows you are human like everyone else and you are surprised by your achievement which everyone seems to be praising.
After giving this response, you can mention the things that helped you out in your achievement. This will go against the idea of boasting about your new status.
You are calling out the things that can be blamed for what you have achieved. You can mention your parents or a few friends who were there to support you while you were making your attempts.
Thank you. That means so much
Consider this a longer way of saying ‘thank you’. Whether you just say ‘thank you’ or give this response, you are simply showing appreciation.
This response simply emphasizes how grateful you are to hear the person’s comment on your achievement.
It’s the first time I’m hearing that from anyone
Here is a sentimental way of appreciating the speaker’s comment on what you achieved.
This may sound a bit weird and maybe a bit cringy. However, it is totally okay to express your emotions if you are comfortable with it.
This implies that no one has ever claimed to be proud of you. You are directly showing that you are happy with what you just heard and that you find the comment special.
And you were there for me all through. This victory is yours
This response doesn’t simply share the glory with the speaker. You are throwing the entire praise back to the person talking to you.
You can only say this if the person has actually been of great help to you. If not, this may sound like a cringeworthy statement that the speaker can’t understand.
It is even nicer if you are giving the credit to someone else, that is not the speaker. It is easier to just exaggerate how the person assisted you.
He or she would become the topic of the conversation for that brief moment.
No. You did this. All credit goes to you
Here is another way to put credit on the person talking to you. You can say this to your parents and mention how they have helped you become who you are. You can also say this if you are talking to your friend.
I know. Buy me a meal when you’re done
This is another way to accept the compliment as rightfully yours. Beware of sounding so full of yourself.
One of the best ways to avoid that is to be sure of who you are talking to and how he or she feels about you.
You should only say this to your close friend. This response implies that you know your friend is proud of you. You are also demanding that he or she buys you a meal as a gift.
I am lucky to have you, dear
You can say this to your lover. It could also be your friend if you already call each other ‘dear’.
‘Dear’ is a name that is considered strictly endearing by many people so your friends may not want you to address them with this word.
You can say this if you are talking to your partner, however.
It’s your help that got me this far
Again, here is another way to say the person’s help has assisted your achievement. You are strictly putting the glory on the speaker’s support.
You are showing appreciation and you will be indirectly telling the person to continue to support you.
I don’t know how best to thank you
You may be showing appreciation for what the person has said or for how the person has helped you in your achievement.
If you are thanking him or her for support, you can mention how the person’s assistance has helped you in getting so far.
You’ve been my firm support from the start. Thank you
Say this to your parents and, while their compliment was meant to put a smile on your face, this response will make the smile on their faces even wider.
They were happy about your achievement but showing gratitude will make them even more proud of themselves. It is the same way you are happy to hear people’s opinions on your achievement.
They will also be happy to know that their efforts have created something that others are happy about.
I am appreciative of the fact that you are my friend
You can say this to your friend but not simply because you have been complimented. You should say how the person has helped.
It doesn’t necessarily have to do with what you achieved but you are showing that you appreciate his or her presence in your life.
Saying how it helped your achievement will be a good bonus.
I am grateful for all you’ve done to get me this far
If you are talking to a friend who has been of meaningful help to your achievement, you should not fail to mention it.
You don’t have to state all the ways you have been helped. You can simply say this and give him or her a hug.
That makes my day
This is another way to show appreciation for the compliment. You can decide to add ‘thank you’ or not. You may also say how far the person has helped you.
If not, you can say prayers on the person’s journey too, and wish him or her success.