Flattery is like chewing gum. Enjoy it but don't swallow it.
Flattery is telling the other person precisely what he thinks about himself.
There is flattery in friendship.
He who knows how to flatter also knows how to slander.
Praise to the undeserving is severe satire.
Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver; and adulation is not of more service to the people than to kings.
Knavery and flattery are blood relations.
If we did not flatter ourselves, the flattery of others could never harm us.
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.
Where Young must torture his invention To flatter knaves, or lose his pension.
When will the public cease to insult the teacher's calling with empty flattery? When will men who would never for a moment encourage their own sons to enter the work of the public schools cease to tell us that education is the greatest and noblest of all human callings?
No man flatters the woman he truly loves.
Flattery, the dangerous nurse of vice.
The most skillful flattery is to let a person talk on, and be a listener.
If you mean to profit, learn to praise.
We despise no source that can pay us a pleasing attention.
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.
Beware of flattery! 'tis a flowery weed,
Which oft offends the very idol-vice,
Whose shrine it would perfume.
There is no detraction worse than to overpraise a man, for if his worth proves short of what report doth speak of him, his own actions are ever giving the lie to his honor.
Oh, flatter me; for love delights in praises.
My passport photo is one of the most remarkable photographs I have ever seen- no retouching, no shadows, no flattery-just stark me.
Not kings alone--the people, too, have their flatterers.
If you tell a woman she is beautiful, whisper it softly, for if the devil hears, he will echo it many times.
The most subtle flattery that a woman can receive is by actions, not by words.
No visor does become black villainy so well as soft and tender flattery.
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