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

Madam, before you flatter a man so grossly to his face, you should consider whether your flattery is worth having.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Men are like stone jugs,--you may lug them where you like by the ears.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Of all wild beasts preserve me from a tyrant;
  Of all tame-a flatterer.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The mischief of flattery is, not that it persuades any man that he is what he is not, but that it suppresses the influence of honest ambition by raising an opinion that honor may be gained without the toil of merit.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

To be flattered is grateful, even when we know that our praises are not believed by those who pronounce them; for they prove at least our power, and show that our favor is valued, since it is purchased by the meanness of falsehood.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The skilful class of flatterers praise the discourse of an ignorant friend and the face of a deformed one.
  [Lat., Adulandi gens prudentissima laudat
    Sermonem indocti, faciem deformis amici.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (III, 86)

Alas! the praise given to the ear
  Ne'er was nor ne'er can be sincere.
      - Letitia Elizabeth Landon (Mrs. George MacLean)

I would give worlds, could I believe
  One-half that is profess'd me;
    Affection! could I think it Thee,
      When Flattery has caress'd me.
      - Letitia Elizabeth Landon (Mrs. George MacLean)

An ingenuous mind feels in unmerited praise the bitterest reproof. If you reject it, you are unhappy: if you accept it, you are undone.
      - Walter Savage Landor

Flattery is a sort of bad money, to which our vanity gives currency.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Flattery is false money, which would not be current were it not for our vanity.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

If we never flattered ourselves we should have but scant pleasure.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

If we would not flatter ourselves, the flattery of others could not harm us.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

We sometimes think that we hate flattery, but we only hate the manner in which it is done.
  [Fr., On croit quelquefoir hair la flatterie; maid on ne hait que a maniere de flatter.]
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld, Maximes

Gallantry of mind consists in saying flattering things in an agreeable manner.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld, Maxims

The firmest purpose of a woman's heart to well-timed, artful flattery may yield.
      - George Lillo

Knavery and flattery are blood relations.
      - Abraham Lincoln

We must define flattery and praise; they are distinct. Trajan was encouraged to virtue by the panegyric Pliny; Tiberius became obstinate in vice from the flattery of his senators.
      - Louis XVI

It is possible to be below flattery as well as above it. One who trusts nobody will not trust sycophants. One who does not value real glory will not value its counterfeit.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

Not kings alone--the people, too, have their flatterers.
      - Marquis de Mirabeau, Victor de Riquetti

I hate careless flattery, the kind that exhausts you in your efforts to believe it.
      - Wilson Mizner

The art of flatterers is to take advantage of the foibles of the great, to foster their errors, and never to give advice which may annoy.
      - Moliere (pseudonym of Jean Baptiste Poquelin)

A little flattery will support a man through great fatigue.
      - James Monroe

There is not one of us that would not be worse than kings, if so continually corrupted as they are with a sort of vermin called flatterers.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

There is nothing which so poisons princes as flattery, nor anything whereby wicked men more easily obtain credit and favor with them.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

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