Flattery Quotes

Flattery is telling the other person precisely what he thinks about himself

Dale Carnegie

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

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

Denis Diderot

We sometimes imagine we hate flattery, but we only hate the way we are flattered.

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Avoid flatterers, for they are thieves in disguise.

William Penn

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