Flattery Quotes

Flattery is all right so long as you don't inhale.

Adlai E. Stevenson

Flattery is the infantry of negotiation.

Lord Chandos

Flattery will get you nowhere


Imitation is the sincerest of flattery.

Charles Caleb Colton

Flattery makes friends and truth makes enemies.

Spanish proverb

What really flatters a man is that you think him worth flattering.

George Bernard Shaw

Flattery is like friendship in show, but not in fruit


I can spot empty flattery and know exactly where I stand. In the end it's really only my own approval or disapproval that means anything.

Agnetha Faltskog

Flattery is like cologne water, to be smelt of, not swallowed

Josh Billings

Flattery is the worst and falsest way of showing our esteem

Jonathan Swift

The aim of flattery is to soothe and encourage us by assuring us of the truth of an opinion we have already formed about ourselves.

Dame Edith Sitwell

Flattery is from the teeth out. Sincere appreciation is from the heart out.

Dale Carnegie

Everyone likes flattery, and when you come to Royalty, you should lay it on with a thick trowel.

Benjamin Disraeli

Flattery is never so agreeable as to our blind side; commend a fool for his wit, or a knave for his honesty, and they will receive you into their bosoms

Henry Fielding

Let flattery, the handmaid of the vices, be far removed.


Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver.

Edmund Burke

He that flatters you more than you desire either has deceived you or wishes to deceive.

Italian proverb

If we did not flatter ourselves the flattery from others would not harm us.


Self-love is the greatest of all flatterers.

Fran┴ois de La Rochefoucauld

Every flatterer lives at the expense of him who listens to him.

Jean de La Fontaine

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

Just praise is only a debt, but flattery is a present.

Samuel Johnson

Nature has hardly formed a woman ugly enough to be insensible to flattery upon her person.

Lord Chesterfield

Flattery was formerly a vice; it has now become the fashion.


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