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Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people in order to betray them.

Joseph Story Quotes

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The skilful class of flatterers praise the discourse of an ignorant friend and the face of a deformed one. [Lat., Adulandi gens prudentissima laudat Sermonem indocti, faciem deformis amici.]

Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal) Quotes , Source: Satires (III, 86)

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By flatterers besieged And so obliging that he ne'er obliged.

Alexander Pope Quotes , Source: Prologue to Satires (l. 207)

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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 Quotes

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For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue.

Bible Quotes , Source: Psalms (ch. V, v. 9)

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Nature has hardly formed a woman ugly enough to be insensible to flattery upon her person.

Lord Chesterfield Quotes

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Let flattery, the handmaid of the vices, be far removed (from friendship). [Lat., Assentatio, vitiorum adjutrix, procul amoveatur.]

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) Quotes , Source: De Amicitia (XXIV)

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Gallantry of mind consists in saying flattering things in an agreeable manner.

Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld Quotes , Source: Maxims (103)

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Mine eyes Were not in fault, for she was beautiful; Mine ears, that heard her flattery; nor my heart, That thought her like her seeming. It had been vicious To have mistrusted her.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Cymbeline (Cymbeline at V, v)

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If he be so resolved, I can o'ersway him; for he loves to hear That unicorns may be betrayed with trees And bears with glasses, elephants with holes, Lions with toils, and men with flatterers, He says he does, being then most flattered.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Julius Caesar (Decius at II, i)

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

Jonathan Swift Quotes , Source: Cadenus and Vanessa (l. 769)

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If you can't love, learn how to flatter.

Anonymous Quotes

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Nobody can describe a fool to the life, without much patient self-inspection.

Frank Moore Colby Quotes

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I once had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall.

Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes

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Flattery is like friendship in show, but not in fruit

Socrates Quotes

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

Adlai E. Stevenson Quotes

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We sometimes think that we hate flattery, but we only hate the manner in which it is done. [Fr., On croit quelquefoir hair la flatterie; maid on ne hait que a maniere de flatter.]

Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld Quotes , Source: Maximes (329)

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A fool can no more see his own folly than he can see his ears.

William Makepeace Thackeray Quotes

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Imitation is the sincerest of flattery.

Charles Caleb Colton Quotes , Source: Lacon (p. 127)

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

Josh Billings Quotes

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Flattery is telling the other person precisely what he thinks about himself

Dale Carnegie Quotes

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Music, even in situations of the greatest horror, should never be painful to the ear but should flatter and charm it, and thereby always remain music.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Quotes

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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 Quotes

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

Josh Billings Quotes

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Flattery is the worst and falsest way of showing our esteem

Jonathan Swift Quotes

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