Flattery Quotes

Read the best selected flattery quotes by some famous people of their times. These quotes about flattery will motivate and inspire you and you will be much wiser about the subject.


Between flattery and admiration there often flows a river of contempt. Minna Antrim
Flattery is like cologne water, to be smelt, not swallowed. Josh Billings
Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver. Edmund Burke
A flatterer is one who says things to your face that he wouldn't say behind your back. Anonymous
Flattery is all right if you don't inhale. Adlai E. Stevenson
A fool flatters himself, a wise man flatters the fool. Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
Many lick before they bite. Proverb
Self-love is the greatest of all flatterers. Francois De La Rochefoucauld
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
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
Every flatterer lives at the expense of him who listens to him. Jean De La Fontaine
He who says he hates every kind of flattery, and says it in earnest, certainly does not yet know every kind of flattery. Georg C. Lichtenberg
What really flatters a man is that you think him worth flattering. George Bernard Shaw
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
Look closely at those who patronize you. Half are unfeeling, half untaught. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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
None are more taken in by flattery than the proud, who wish to be the first and are not. Baruch Benedict de Spinoza
Just praise is only a debt, but flattery is a present. Samuel Johnson
Don't flatter the rich, or appear to willing before the great. Thomas p Kempis
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. Anonymous
Flattery is a form of hatred. Bible
Flattery makes friends and truth makes enemies. Spanish Proverb
The more we love our friends, the less we flatter them; it is by excusing nothing that pure love shows itself. MoliFre
He that loves to be flattered is worthy of the flatterer. William Shakespeare
Baloney is flattery laid on so thick it cannot be true, and blarney is flattery so thin we love it. Fulton John Sheen
If we did not flatter ourselves the flattery from others would not harm us. Proverb
He that flatters you more than you desire either has deceived you or wishes to deceive. Italian Proverb
I will praise any man that will praise me. William Shakespeare
I cannot think of any character below the flatterer, except he who envies him. Sir Richard Steele
We swallow with one gulp the lie that flatters us, and drink drop by drop the truth which is bitter to us. Denis Diderot
But it is hard to know them from friends, they are so obsequious and full of protestations; for a wolf resembles a dog, so doth a flatterer a friend. Sir Walter Raleigh
Flatter not thyself in thy faith in God if thou hast not charity for thy neighbor. Francis Quarles
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

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