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

He that loves to be flattered is worthy o' the flatterer.
      - William Shakespeare

Lay not that flattering unction to your soul.
      - William Shakespeare

No visor does become black villainy so well as soft and tender flattery.
      - William Shakespeare

Oh, flatter me; for love delights in praises.
      - William Shakespeare

Should the poor be flattered? No; let the candied tongue lick absurd pomp, and crook the pregnant hinges of the knee where thrift may follow fawning.
      - William Shakespeare

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, Cymbeline
         (Cymbeline at V, v)

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,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at III, ii)

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, Julius Caesar
         (Decius at II, i)

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,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Hotspur at IV, i)

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,
        Pericles Prince of Tyre
         (Helicanus at I, ii)

What drink'st thou oft, instead of homage sweet,
  But poisoned flattery?
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (King Henry at IV, i)

O that men's ears should be
  To counsel deaf but not to flattery!
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of Timon of Athens
         (Apemantus at I, ii)

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,
        The Two Gentlemen of Verona
         (Valentine at III, i)

Always let your flattery be seen through for what really flatters a man is that you think him worth flattering.
      - George Bernard Shaw

What really flatters a man is that you think him worth flattering.
      - George Bernard Shaw,
        John Bull's Other Island

Applause is of too coarse a nature to be swallowed in the gross, though the extract or tincture be ever so agreeable.
      - William Shenstone

Flattery is like a painted armor; only for show.
      - Socrates

Flattery is like friendship in show, but not in fruit.
      - Socrates

Though flattery blossoms like friendship, yet there is a vast difference in the fruit.
      - Socrates

Flatterers are the bosom enemies of princes.
      - Bishop Robert South

Those are generally good at flattering who are good for nothing else.
      - Bishop Robert South

Among all the diseases of the mind, there is not one more epidemical or more pernicious than the love of flattery.
      - Sir Richard Steele

First we flatter ourselves; and then the flattery of others is sure of success. It awakens our self-love within--a party who is ever ready to revolt from our better judgment, and join the enemy without.
      - Sir Richard Steele

Delicious essence! how refreshing art thou to nature! how strongly are all its powers and all its weaknesses on thy side! how sweetly dost thou mix with the blood, and help it through the most difficult and tortuous passages to the heart!
      - Laurence Sterne

Flattery is all right if you don't inhale.
      - Adlai E. Stevenson


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