We give others praise which we ourselves don't believe, as long as they respond with praise we can believe.
We find it easy to believe that praise is sincere: why should anyone lie in telling us the truth?
We bestow on others praise in which we do not believe, on condition that in return they bestow upon us praise in which we do.
I don't judge a regime by the damning criticism of the opposition, but by the ingenuous praise of the partisan.
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