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Flattery

Definition: Excessive and insincere praise, given especially to further one's own interests.
Number of Quotes: 11

Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.
Joyce Brothers

We should keep silent about those in power; to speak well of them almost implies flattery; to speak ill of them while they are alive is dangerous, and when they are dead is cowardly.
Jean de La Bruyère

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
Charles Colton

Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery.
Fyodor Dostoevsky

Many owe their greatness to their enemies. Flattery is fiercer than hatred, for hatred corrects the faults flattery had disguised.
Baltasar Gracián

We find it easy to believe that praise is sincere: why should anyone lie in telling us the truth?
Jean Rostand

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

Won't you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you.
Spoken to a young lady.
Richard Sheridan

I suppose flattery hurts no one - that is, if he doesn't inhale.
Adlai Stevenson

'Tis an old maxim in the schools,
That Vanity's the food of fools;
Yet now and then your men of wit
Will condescend to taste a bit.

Jonathan Swift

I have been complimented myself a great many times, and they always embarrass me - I always feel that they have not said enough.
Mark Twain

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