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

Who flatters is of all mankind the lowest,
  Save he who courts the flattery.
      - Hannah More

No adulation; 'tis the death of virtue;
  Who flatters, is of all mankind the lowest
    Save he who courts the flattery.
      - Hannah More, Daniel

The most subtle flattery that a woman can receive is by actions, not by words.
      - Madame Suzanne Curchod Necker

Fine speeches are the instruments of fools or knaves, who use them when they want good sense; but honesty needs no disguise or ornament.
      - Thomas Otway

No flatt'ry, boy! an honest man can't live by't;
  It is a little sneaking art, which knaves
    Use to cajole and soften fools withal.
      If thou hast flatt'ry in thy nature, out with't;
        Or send it to a court, for there 'twill thrive.
      - Thomas Otway

No flattery, boy! an honest man cannot live by it; it is a little, sneaking art, which knaves use to cajole and soften fools withal.
      - Thomas Otway

A flatterer is the shadow of a fool.
      - Sir Thomas Overbury

Men find it more easy to flatter than to praise.
      - Jean Paul (pseudonym of Jean Paul Friedrich Richter)

Avoid flatterers, for they are thieves in disguise.
      - William Penn

They who delight to be flattered, pay for their folly by a late repentance.
  [Lat., Qu se laudari gaudent verbis subdolis,
    Sera dant peonas turpes poenitentia.]
      - Phaedrus (Thrace of Macedonia), Fables
         (I, 13, 1)

Blinded as they are to their true character by self-love, every man is his own first and chiefest flatterer, prepared, therefore, to welcome the flatterer from the outside, who only comes confirming the verdict of the flatterer within.
      - Plutarch

All potent flattery, universal lord!
      - Alexander Pope

By flatterers besieged
  And so obliging that he ne'er obliged.
      - Alexander Pope, Prologue to Satires
         (l. 207)

The flatterer easily insinuates himself into the closet, while honest merit stands shivering in the hall or antechamber.
      - Jane Porter

Parent of wicked, bane of honest deeds,
  Pernicious flattery! thy malignant seeds,
    In an ill hour, and by a fatal hand,
      Sadly diffus'd o'er virtue's gleby land,
        With rising pride amidst the corn appear,
          And choke the hopes and harvest of the year.
      - Matthew Prior

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 as a wolf resembles a dog, so doth a flatterer a friend.
      - Sir Walter Raleigh (1)

Because all men are apt to flatter themselves, to entertain the addition of other men's praises is most perilous.
      - Sir Walter Raleigh (1)

Flatterers are the worst kind of traitors, for they will strengthen thy imperfections, encourage thee in all evils, correct thee in nothing, but so shadow and paint thy follies and vices as thou shalt never, by their will, discover good from evil, or vice from virtue.
      - Sir Walter Raleigh (1)

A man who flatters a woman hopes either to find her a fool or to make her one.
      - Samuel Richardson

Flatterers of every age resemble those African tribes of which the credulous Pliny speaks, who made men, animals, and even plants perish, while fascinating them with praises.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

It is easy to flatter; it is harder to praise.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

It is easier and handier for men to flatter than to praise.
  [Ger., Es ist dem Menschen leichter und gelaufiger, zu schmeicheln als zu loben.]
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul),
        Titan (zykel 34)

Take care how you listen to the voice of the flatterer, who, in return for his little stock, expects to derive from you considerable advantage. If one day you do not comply with his wishes, be imputes to you two hundred defects instead of perfections.
      - Moslih Eddin (Muslih-un-Din) Saadi (Sadi)

But when I tell him he hates flatterers,
  He says he does, being then most flattered.
      - William Shakespeare

He does me double wrong, that wounds me with the flatteries of his tongue.
      - William Shakespeare

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