Flattery is like chewing gum. Enjoy it but don't swallow it.
If you mean to profit, learn to praise.
No man flatters the woman he truly loves.
Baloney is flattery laid on so thick it cannot be true, and blarney is flattery so thin we love it.
Flattery is telling the other person precisely what he thinks about himself.
It is easy to flatter; it is harder to praise.
The most skillful flattery is to let a person talk on, and be a listener.
Flattery is a counterfeit money which, but for vanity, would have no circulation.
None are more taken in by flattery than the proud, who wish to be the first and are not.
He who knows how to flatter also knows how to slander.
The most subtle flattery that a woman can receive is by actions, not by words.
He who says he hates every kind of flattery, and says it in earnest, certainly does not yet know every kind of flattery.
Imitation is flattery
Flattery is no more than what raises in a man's mind an idea of a preference which he has not.
Look closely at those who patronize you. Half are unfeeling, half untaught.
Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver; and adulation is not of more service to the people than to kings.
Nothing is so great an instance of ill-manners as flattery.
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.
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.
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
Let those flatter who fear; it is not an American art .
He does me double wrong
That wounds me with the flatteries of his tongue.
If we did not flatter ourselves, the flattery of others could never harm us.
I would give worlds, could I believe
One-half that is profess'd me;
Affection! could I think it Thee,
When Flattery has caress'd me.
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.
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