Flattery is like chewing gum. Enjoy it but don't swallow it.
Our credulity is greatest concerning the things we know least about. And since we know least about ourselves, we are ready to believe all that is said about us. Hence the mysterious power of both flattery and calumny.
Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.
A fool flatters himself, a wise man flatters the fool.
He that loves to be flattered is worthy o' the flatterer.
No flattery, boy! an honest man cannot live by it; it is a little, sneaking art, which knaves use to cajole and soften fools withal.
We sometimes imagine we hate flattery, but we only hate the way we are flattered.
Take no repulse, whatever she doth say; For 'get you gone,' she doth not mean 'away.' Flatter and praise, commend, extol their graces; Though ne'er so black, say they have angels' faces
The world is a severe schoolmaster, for its frowns are less dangerous than its smiles and flatteries, and it is a difficult task to keep in the path of wisdom.
Flatterers look like friends, as wolves like dogs.
There is no food more satiating than milk and honey; and just as such foods produce disgust for the palate, so perfumed and gallant words make our ears belch.
Perfumed and gallant words make our ears belch.
Not kings alone--the people, too, have their flatterers.
Flattery is a challenge. The proper turning away from it, undercutting, diminishing it without offense or vehemence, is a social grace sweeter even than the swift determination to keep ahead in the race of hospitality.
What drink'st thou oft, instead of homage sweet, But poisoned flattery?
For praise too dearly lov'd, or warmly sought,
Enfeebles all internal strength of thought;
And the weak soul within itself unblest,
Leans for all pleasure on another's breast.
It requires but little acquaintance with the heart to know that woman's first wish is to be handsome; and that, consequently, the readiest method of obtaining her kindness is to praise her beauty.
I would rather hear the pleased laugh of a child over some feature of my exhibition than receive as I did the flattering compliments of the Prince of Wales.
There is no flattery so adroit or effectual as that of implicit assent.
Flattery is a juggler, and no kin unto sincerity.
The most skillful flattery is to let a person talk on, and be a listener.
Flattery labors under the odious charge of servility.
Where Young must torture his invention To flatter knaves, or lose his pension.
People flatter us because they can depend upon our credulity.
The mischief of flattery is, not that it persuades any man that he is what he is not, but that it suppresses the influence of honest ambition, by raising an opinion that honour may be gained without the toil of merit.
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