Flattery Quotes

Most popular flattery quotes

A flattering mouth worketh ruin.

biblical proverbs

Flattery is a sugar-coated insult.
The punishment for vanity is flattery.


Flattery is praise without foundation.


Imitation is the sincerest of flattery.
The lie that flatters I abhor the most.


Flattery is all right—if you don't inhale.
Self-love is the greatest of all flatterers.
Attention is a silent and perpetual flattery.


There is no such flatterer as is a man's self.

self-deception the self

When flatterers meet, the devil goes to dinner.
— English proverb

English proverbs proverbs

Praise, if you don't swallow it, can't hurt you.


Flattery is a juggler, and no kin unto sincerity.
Flatterers look like friends, as wolves like dogs.
Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver.
Just praise is only a debt, but flattery is a present.
Beware the flatterer: he feeds you with an empty spoon.
I have yet to be bored by someone paying me a compliment.
Flattery must be pretty thick before anybody objects to it.
It is easier and handier for men to flatter than to praise.


A little flattery will support a man through great fatigue.
Flattery is like chewing gum.  Enjoy it but don't swallow it.
Flattery is like Cologne water, to be smelt of, not swallowed.
For love of grace,
Lay not that flattering unction to your soul.
What really flatters a man is that you think him worth flattering.
We protest against unjust criticism, but we accept unearned applause.

human nature

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


Who flatters is of all mankind the lowest,
Save he who courts flattery.
Of all wild beasts preserve me from a tyrant;
And of all tame, a flatterer.
Flattery is counterfeit money which, but for vanity, would have no circulation.


Mountains of gold would not seduce some men, yet flattery would break them down.


Flattery is like counterfeit money which, but for vanity, would have no circulation.


But when I tell him he hates flatterers,
He says he does, being then most flattered.
Man would not succumb so easily to flattery if he did not begin by flattering himself.
Flattery is pathetically easy to spot, however sly you may think you're being about it.
We sometimes think that we hate flattery, but we only hate the manner in which it is done.
Every one likes flattery; and when you come to Royalty you should lay it on with a trowel.
He was as sensitive to flattery on the score of his art as any girl could be of her beauty.
We can be stabbed without being flattered, but we're rarely flattered without being stabbed.
A prince who writes against flattery is as singular as a pope who writes against infallibility.
Flattery is so necessary to all of us that we flatter one another just to be flattered in return.
Flattery, if judiciously administered, is always acceptable, however much we may despise the flatterer.
We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter.
Let us believe neither half of the good people tell us of ourselves, nor half the evil they say of others.


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


For ne'er
Was flattery lost on poet's ear:
A simple race!
They waste their toil
For the vain tribute of a smile.


Among all the diseases of the mind there is not one more epidemical or more pernicious than the love of flattery.
Every one that flatters thee
Is no friend in misery.
Words are easy, like the wind;
Faithful friends are hard to find.
We love flattery, even though we are not deceived by it, because it shows that we are of importance enough to be courted.
Flattery, of a tactful sort, is sometimes useful in conversation.  But too much flattery is like too much sugar: it sickens.
If a man is vain, flatter. If timid, flatter. If boastful, flatter. In all history, too much flattery never lost a gentleman.

men and women

Women have, in general, but one object, which is their beauty; upon which, scarce any flattery is too gross for them to swallow.
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.
'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.
Of all music, that which most pleases the ear is applause. But it has no score. It ends and is carried off by the wind. Nothing remains.


Some indeed there are who profess to despise all flattery, but even these are nevertheless to be flattered, by being told that they do despise it.
Flattery affects a man like any other sort of "dope."  It stimulates and exhilarates him for the moment, but usually ends by going to his head and making him act foolish.
Academic research has found that people's susceptibility to flattery is without limit and beyond satire . . . even blatantly insincere, computer-generated flattery works.
Bald heads, forgetful of their sins,
Old, learned, respectable bald heads
Edit and annotate the lines
That young men tossing on their beds,
Rhymed out in love's despair
to flatter beauty's ignorant ear.
A flatterer is said to be a beast that biteth smiling . . . .  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.
Our credulity is greatest concerning the things we know least about. And since we know least about ourselves, we are ready to believe all that is said about us. Hence the mysterious power of both flattery and calumny.

introspection know yourself