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

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

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Of praise a mere glutton, he swallow'd what came, And the puff a dunce, he mistook it for fame; Till his relish grown callous, almost to displease, Who pepper'd the highest was surest to please.

Oliver Goldsmith Quotes , Source: Retaliation (l. 109)

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No adulation; 'tis the death of virtue; Who flatters, is of all mankind the lowest Save he who courts the flattery.

Hannah More Quotes , Source: Daniel

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They who delight to be flattered, pay for their folly by a late repentance. [Lat., Qu se laudari gaudent verbis subdolis, Sera dant peonas turpes poenitentia.]

Phaedrus (Thrace of Macedonia) Quotes , Source: Fables (I, 13, 1)

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It is easier and handier for men to flatter than to praise. [Ger., Es ist dem Menschen leichter und gelaufiger, zu schmeicheln als zu loben.]

Jean Paul Richter Quotes , Source: Titan (zykel 34)

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Nay, do not think I flatter. For what advancement may I hope from thee, That no revenue hast but thy good spirits To feed and clothe thee? Why should the poor be flattered? No, let the candied tongue like absurd pomp, And crook the pregnant hinges of the knee Where thrift may follow fawning.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Hamlet at III, ii)

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By God, I cannot flatter, I do defy The tongues of soothers! but a braver place In my heart's love hath no man than yourself. Nay, task me to my word; approve me, lord.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: King Henry the Fourth, Part I (Hotspur at IV, i)

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What drink'st thou oft, instead of homage sweet, But poisoned flattery?

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: The Life of King Henry the Fifth (King Henry at IV, i)

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O that men's ears should be To counsel deaf but not to flattery!

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: The Life of Timon of Athens (Apemantus at I, ii)

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They do not abuse the king that flatter him. For flattery is the bellows blows up sin; The thing the which is flattered, but a spark To which that blast gives heat and stronger glowing; Whereas reproof, obedient and in order, Fits kings as they are men, for they may err.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Pericles Prince of Tyre (Helicanus at I, ii)

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Take no repulse, whatever she doth say; For 'get you gone,' she doth not mean 'away.' Flatter and praise, commend, extol their graces; Though ne'er so black, say they have angels' faces. That man that hath a tongue, I say is no man, If with his tongue he cannot win a woman.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Valentine at III, i)

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

George Bernard Shaw Quotes , Source: John Bull's Other Island

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Where Young must torture his invention To flatter knaves, or lose his pension.

Jonathan Swift Quotes , Source: Poetry, a Rhapsody (l. 279)

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Flattery was formerly a vice; it has now become the fashion. [Lat., Pessimum genus inimicorum laudantes.]

Syrus (Publilius Syrus) Quotes , Source: Maxims

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When Fortune flatters, she does it to betray.

Syrus (Publilius Syrus) Quotes , Source: Maxims

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We sometimes imagine we hate flattery, but we only hate the way we are flattered.

Francois De La Rochefoucauld Quotes

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

George Bernard Shaw Quotes

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Flattery is all right if you don't inhale.

Adlai E. Stevenson Quotes

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Flattery will get you everywhere.

Mae West Quotes

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

Benedict Spinoza Quotes

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

Samuel Johnson Quotes

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It is easy to flatter; it is harder to praise.

Jean Paul Richter Quotes

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Fools grow without watering.

Thomas Fuller Quotes

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To be a man's own fool is bad enough; but the vain man is everybody's.

William Penn Quotes

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