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[ Also see Adulation Applause Blandishment Censure Compliments Coquette Court Courtiers Courtship Gallantry Imitation Praise Slander Vanity ]

The most skillful flattery is to let a person talk on, and be a listener.
      - Joseph Addison

It is better to fall among crows than flatterers; for those devour the dead only, these the living.
      - Antisthenes

People generally despise where they flatter, and cringe to those they would gladly overtop; so that truth and ceremony are two things.
      - Marcus Antonius (a/k/a Mark Antony or Mark Anthony)

It hath been well said that the archflatterer, with whom all the petty flatterers have intelligence, is a man's self.
      - Francis Bacon

It has been well said that "the arch-flatterer with whom all the petty flatterers have intelligence is a man's self."
      - quoted in Francis Bacon, Essays
         (X, On Love)

Give me flattery--flattery; the food of courts, that I may rock him, and lull him in the down of his desires.
      - Francis Beaumont

He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XX, v. 19)

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, Psalms (ch. V, v. 9)

A fool flatters himself, a wise man flatters the fool.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

There is no tongue that flatters like a lover's; and yet, in the exaggeration of his feelings, flattery seems to him commonplace. Strange and prodigal exuberance, which soon exhausts itself by flowing!
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

When the world frowns, we can face it; but let it smile, and we are undone.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

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

Flattery is no more than what raises in a man's mind an idea of a preference which he has not.
      - Edmund Burke

Flatterers look like friends, as wolves like dogs.
      - George Chapman

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.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

Nature has hardly formed a woman ugly enough to be insensible to flattery upon her person; if her face is so shocking that she must in some degree be conscious of it, her figure and her air, she trusts, make ample amends for it.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

Very ugly or very beautiful women should be flattered on their understanding, and mediocre ones on their beauty.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

If you mean to profit, learn to praise.
      - Charles Churchill

Flattery is the handmaid of the vices.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

Let flattery, the handmaid of the vices, be far removed (from friendship).
  [Lat., Assentatio, vitiorum adjutrix, procul amoveatur.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Amicitia (XXIV)

Flattery is an ensnaring quality, and leaves a very dangerous impression. It swells a man's imagination, entertains his vanity, and drives him to a doting upon his own person.
      - Jeremy Collier

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.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

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

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.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

We must be careful how we flatter fools too little, or wise men too much; for the flatterer must act the very reverse of the physician, and administer the strongest dose only to the weakest patient.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

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