Flattery is like chewing gum. Enjoy it but don't swallow it.
What drink'st thou oft, instead of homage sweet, But poisoned flattery?
He that is much flattered soon learns to flatter himself.
Though flattery blossoms like friendship, yet there is a vast difference in the fruit.
Flattery is telling the other person precisely what he thinks about himself.
There is flattery in friendship.
If we did not flatter ourselves, the flattery of others could never harm us.
The rich man despises those who flatter him too much, and hates those who do not flatter him at all.
Although a skillful flatterer is a most delightful companion if you have him all to yourself, his taste becomes very doubtful when he takes to complimenting other people.
He does me double wrong
That wounds me with the flatteries of his tongue.
He who knows how to flatter also knows how to slander.
By flatterers besieged And so obliging that he ne'er obliged.
Every woman is infallibly to be gained by every sort of flattery, and every man by one sort or other.
The same man cannot be both Friend and Flatterer.
Should the poor be flattered? No; let the candied tongue lick absurd pomp, and crook the pregnant hinges of the knee where thrift may follow fawning.
Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver; and adulation is not of more service to the people than to kings.
Mine eyes Were not in fault, for she was beautiful; Mine ears, that heard her flattery; nor my heart, That thought her like her seeming. It had been vicious To have mistrusted her.
Of praise a mere glutton, he swallow'd what came, And the puff a dunce, he mistook it for fame; Till his relish grown callous, almost to displease, Who pepper'd the highest was surest to please.
The voice of flattery affects us after it has ceased, just as after a concert men find some agreeable air ringing in their ears to the exclusion of all serious business.
What signifies protesting so against flattery when a person speaks well of one, it must either be true or false, you know if true, let us rejoice in his good opinion if he lies, it is a proof at least that he loves more to please me, than to sit s
Nature has hardly formed a woman ugly enough to be insensible to flattery upon her person; if her face is so shocking that she must in some degree be conscious of it, her figure and her air, she trusts, make ample amends for it.
Praise to the undeserving is severe satire.
Let those flatter who fear; it is not an American art .
Adroit observers will find that some who affect to dislike flattery, may yet be flattered indirectly, by a well seasoned abuse and ridicule of their rivals.
The habit of pleasing by flattery makes a language soft; the fear of offending by truth makes it circuitous and conventional.
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