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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 ]

The most dangerous of all flattery is the inferiority of those about us.
      - Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)

Flattery is the worst and falsest way of showing our esteem.
      - Jonathan Swift

Nothing is so great an instance of ill-manners as flattery.
      - Jonathan Swift

The love of flattery in most men proceeds from the mean opinion they have of themselves; in women, from the contrary.
      - Jonathan Swift

'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, Cadenus and Vanessa
         (l. 769)

Where Young must torture his invention
  To flatter knaves, or lose his pension.
      - Jonathan Swift, Poetry, a Rhapsody
         (l. 279)

Flattery, which was formerly a vice, is now grown into a custom.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus)

Flattery was formerly a vice; it has now become the fashion.
  [Lat., Pessimum genus inimicorum laudantes.]
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

When Fortune flatters, she does it to betray.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

Flattery labors under the odious charge of servility.
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus)

People flatter us because they can depend upon our credulity.
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus)

Flatterers are the worst kind of enemies.
  [Lat., Pessimum genus inimicorum laudantes.]
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus),
        Agricola (XLI)

The rich man despises those who flatter him too much, and hates those who do not flatter him at all.
      - Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord

This barren verbiage current among men,
  Light coin, the tinsel clink of compliment.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

If you had told Sycorax that her son Caliban was as handsome as Apollo, she would have been pleased, witch as she was.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

No man flatters the woman he truly loves.
      - Henry Theodore Tuckerman

Know thyself, thy evil as thy good, and flattery shall not harm thee; yea, her speech shall be a warning, a humbling, and a guide. For wherein thou lackest most, there chiefly will the sycophant commend thee.
      - Martin Farquhar Tupper

Flattery is like base coin; it impoverishes him who receives it.
      - Madame Voillez

Flatterers are but the shadows of princes' bodies; the least thick cloud makes them invisible.
      - John Webster

Sirs, adulation, is a fatal thing--
  Rank poison for a subject, or a king.
      - Dr. John Wolcot (Wolcott or Woolcott) (used pseudonym Peter Pindar)

See how they beg an alms of flattery!
      - Edward Young

Of folly, vice, disease, men proud we see;
  And, (stranger still,) of blockheads' flattery;
    Whose praise defames; as if a fool should mean,
      By spitting on your face, to make it clean.
      - Edward Young, Love of Fame
         (satire I, l. 755)

With you own heart confer;
  And dread even there to find a flatterer.
      - Edward Young, Love of Fame (satire VI)


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