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These are some of the best 'Flattery' quotations and sayings.

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'Tis an old maxim in the schools, that flattery is the food of fools. - Yet now and then your men of wit will condescend to take a bit.

A fool flatters himself; the wise man flatters the fool.

A man that flattereth his neighbor spreadeth a net for his feet.

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.

Adulation is the death of virtue. - Who flatters, is, of all mankind, the lowest, save he who courts the flattery.

Allow no man to be so free with you as to praise you to your face. Your vanity by this means will want its food. At the same time your passion for esteem will be more fully gratified; men will praise you in their actions: where you now receive one compliment, you will then receive twenty civilities.

Deference before company is the genteelest kind of flattery. The flattery of epistles affects one less, as they cannot be shown without an appearance of vanity. Flattery of the verbal kind is gross. In short, applause is of too coarse a nature to be swallowed in the gross, though the extract of tincture be ever so agreeable.

Every woman is infallibly to be gained by every sort of flattery, and every man by one sort or other. See quote detail

Flatterers are the worst kind of enemies.

Flatterers are the worst kind of traitors for they will strengthen thy imperfections, encourage thee in all evils, correct thee in nothing, but so shadow and paint all thy vices and follies as thou shalt never, by their will, discern good from evil, or vice from virtue.

Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver; and adulation is not of more service to the people than to kings.

Flattery is a base coin which gains currency only from our vanity.

Flattery is never so agreeable as to our blind side; commend a fool for his wit, or a knave for his honesty, and they will receive you into their bosom.

Flattery is often a traffic of mutual meanness, where, although both parties intend deception, neither are deceived.

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.

He that is much flattered soon learns to flatter himself. - We are commonly taught our duty by fear or shame, but how can they act upon a man who hears nothing but his own praises?

If we would not flatter ourselves, the flattery of others could not harm us.

Imitation is the sincerest (form) of flattery.

Imitation is the sincerest flattery.

It has well been said that the arch-flatterer, with whom all petty flatterers have intelligence, is a man's self.


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