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    Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery. ⏤ Fyodor Dostoevsky

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He that flatters you more than you desire either has deceived you or wishes to deceive.

Italian Proverbs

Flattery makes friends and truth makes enemies.


Nothing flatters a man as much as the happiness of his wife; he is always proud of himself as the source of it.

Samuel Johnson

He does me double wrongThat wounds me with the flatteries of his tongue.

William Shakespeare

Self-love is the greatest of all flatterers.

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Knavery and flattery are blood relations.

Abraham Lincoln

What really flatters a man is that you think him worth flattering.

George Bernard Shaw

The more we love our friends, the less we flatter them; it is by excusing nothing that pure love shows itself.


Look closely at those who patronize you. Half are unfeeling, half untaught.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

To ask advice is in nine cases out of ten to tout for flattery.

John Churton Collins

A fool flatters himself, a wise man flatters the fool.

Edward George BulwerLytton

Many lick before they bite.


Imitation is obviously a great form of flattery.

Peyton Manning

Flattery is a form of hatred.


A flatterer is one who says things to your face that he wouldn't say behind your back.


Flatterers look like friends, as wolves like dogs.

George Chapman

A woman's flattery may inflate a man's head a little; but her criticism goes straight to his heart, and contracts it so that it can never again hold quite as much love for her.

Helen Rowland

Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver.

Edmund Burke

Flattery is like chewing gum. Enjoy it but don't swallow it.

Hank Ketcham

When the flatterer pipes, then the devil dances.

Thomas Fuller

Flattery is like cologne water, to be smelt, not swallowed.

Josh Billings

I can spot empty flattery and know exactly where I stand. In the end it's really only my own approval or disapproval that means anything.

Agnetha Faltskog

Flatter not thyself in thy faith in God if thou hast not charity for thy neighbor.

Francis Quarles

Just praise is only a debt, but flattery is a present.

Samuel Johnson

Every flatterer lives at the expense of him who listens to him.

Jean De La Fontaine

We swallow with one gulp the lie that flatters us, and drink drop by drop the truth which is bitter to us.

Denis Diderot

I will praise any man that will praise me.

William Shakespeare

The flattery of posterity is not worth much more than contemporary flattery, which is worth nothing.

Jorge Luis Borges

Imitation is the sincerest flattery.

Mahatma Gandhi

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.

P. T. (Phineas Taylor) Barnum

Flattery is all right so long as you don't inhale.

Adlai E. Stevenson

Gossip is what you say about the objects of flattery when they aren't present.

P. J. O'Rourke

Between flattery and admiration there often flows a river of contempt.

Minna Antrim

Imitation is the highest form of flattery, but clones kind of get it wrong because we are promoting individuality and being proud of being yourself.

Brian Molko

What valor cannot win, flattery may.

Publilius Syrus

None are more taken in by flattery than the proud, who wish to be the first and are not.

Baruch (Benedict de) Spinoza

Flattery is all right if you don't inhale.

Adlai Stevenson

For lack of a better term, they've labeled me a sex symbol. It's flattering and it should happen to every bald, overweight guy.

Dennis Franz

. . . although a skilful flatterer is a most delightful companion, if you can keep him all to yourself, his taste becomes very doubtful when he takes to complimenting other people.

Charles Dickens

Women who are either indisputably beautiful, or indisputably ugly, are best flattered upon the score of their understandings; but those who are in a state of mediocrity are best flattered upon their beauty, or at least their graces: for every woman who is not absolutely ugly, thinks herself handsome.

Lord Chesterfield

One may define flattery as a base companionship which is most advantageous to the flatterer.


Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Charles Caleb Colton

The reason that adulation is not displeasing is that, though untrue, it shows one to be of consequence enough, in one way or other, to induce people to lie.

Lord Byron

Flattery in courtship is the highest insolence, for whilst it pretends to bestow on you more than you deserve, it is watching an opportunity to take from you what you really have.

Sarah Fielding

The best form of flattery is to be admired, imitated or respected. I've always felt proud our fans look up to us or feel we are inspirational.

Cheryl James

Advertising - a judicious mixture of flattery and threats.

Northrop Frye

Flattery is a kind of bad money, to which our vanity gives us currency.

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

If we did not flatter ourselves the flattery from others would not harm us.


Said I was beautiful, did he? He's being paid for treatment, not flattery.

Lillie Langtry

A little flattery will support a man through great fatigue.

James Monroe

The love of one's own sex is precious, for it is neither provoked by vanity nor retained by flattery; it is genuine and sincere.

Maria Mitchell

Sheer flattery got me into the theater. Flattery always works with me, particularly the flattery of women.

Carroll O'Connor

Flattery, though a base coin, is the necessary pocket money at court; where, by custom and consent, it has obtained such a currency that it is no longer a fraudulent, but a legal payment.

Philip Dormer Stanhope

I cannot think of any character below the flatterer, except he who envies him.

Sir Richard Steele

'Tis an old maxim in the schools,That flattery's the food of fools;Yet now and then your men of witWill condescend to take a bit.

Jonathan Swift

The coin that is most current among mankind is flattery: the only benefit of which is that by hearing what we are not, we may be instructed on what to become.


It is happy for you that you possess the talent of flattering with delicacy. May I ask whether these pleasing attentions proceed from the impulse of the moment, or are they the result of previous study?

Jane Austen

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.

Philip Dormer Stanhope

Baloney is flattery laid on so thick it cannot be true, and blarney is flattery so thin we love it.

Fulton John Sheen

The aim of flattery is to soothe and encourage us by assuring us of the truth of an opinion we have already formed about ourselves.

Edith Sitwell

To make a man perfectly happy tell him he works too hard, that he spends too much money, that he is misunderstood or that he is different; none of this is necessarily complimentary, but it will flatter him infinitely more that merely telling him that he is brilliant, or noble, or wise, or good.

Helen Rowland

But it is hard to know them from friends, they are so obsequious and full of protestations; for a wolf resembles a dog, so does a flatterer a friend.

Sir Walter Raleigh

He who says he hates every kind of flattery, and says it in earnest, certainly does not yet know every kind of flattery.

G. C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg

Don't flatter the rich, or appear to willing before the great.

Thomas Kempis

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