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Just praise is only a debt, but flattery is a present.
~ Samuel Johnson

 

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Look closely at those who patronize you. Half are unfeeling, half untaught.
~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

 

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Many lick before they bite.
~ Proverb

 

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None are more taken in by flattery than the proud, who wish to be the first and are not.
~ Baruch (Benedict de) Spinoza

 

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Nothing flatters a man as much as the happiness of his wife; he is always proud of himself as the source of it.
~ Samuel Johnson

 

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Self-love is the greatest of all flatterers.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld

 

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The coin that is most current among mankind is flattery: the only benefit of which is that by hearing what we are not, we may be instructed on what to become.
~ Anonymous

 

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The more we love our friends, the less we flatter them; it is by excusing nothing that pure love shows itself.
~ MoliFre

 

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The reason that adulation is not displeasing is that, though untrue, it shows one to be of consequence enough, in one way or other, to induce people to lie.
~ Lord Byron

 

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To make a man perfectly happy tell him he works too hard, that he spends too much money, that he is ''misunderstood'' or that he is ''different''; none of this is necessarily complimentary, but it will flatter him infinitely more that merely telling him that he is brilliant, or noble, or wise, or good.
~ Helen Rowland

 

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We swallow with one gulp the lie that flatters us, and drink drop by drop the truth which is bitter to us.
~ Denis Diderot

 

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What really flatters a man is that you think him worth flattering.
~ George Bernard Shaw

 

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Women who are either indisputably beautiful, or indisputably ugly, are best flattered upon the score of their understandings; but those who are in a state of mediocrity are best flattered upon their beauty, or at least their graces: for every woman who is not absolutely ugly, thinks herself handsome.
~ Lord Chesterfield

 

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