People may flatter themselves just as much by thinking that their faults are always present to other people's minds, as if they believe that the world is always contemplating their individual charms and virtues. - Elizabeth Gaskell
men are undoubtedly more in danger from prosperity than from adversity. for when matters go smoothly, they flatter themselves, and are intoxicated by their success - John Calvin
Look upon good books; they are true friends, that will neither flatter nor dissemble: be you but true to yourself...and you shall need no other comfort nor counsel. - Francis Bacon
A traveler must have the back of an ass to bear all, a tongue like the tail of a dog to flatter all, the mouth of a hog to eat what is set before him, the ear of a merchant to hear all and say nothing.
Nevertheless the passions, whether violent or not, should never be so expressed as to reach the point of causing disgust; and music, even in situations of the greatest horror, should never be painful to the ear but should flatter and charm it, and thereby always remain music. - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The more you run over a dead cat, the flatter it gets. - Unknown
To flatter and follow others, without being flattered and followed in turn, is but a state of half enjoyment. - Jane Austen
The only successful philosophies and religions are the ones that flatter us, whether in the name of progress or of hell. Damned or not, man experiences an absolute need to be at the heart of everything. - Emil Cioran
I cannot stand the company of men. They flatter or they judge. I can stand neither of the two. - Albert Camus
Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Critisize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you.
Music, even in situations of the greatest horror, should never be painful to the ear but should flatter and charm it, and thereby always remain music. - Woflgang Amadeus Mozart
We flatter those we scarcely know,We please the fleeting guest;And deal full many a thoughtless blow,To those who love us best. - Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Your writing voice is the deepest possible reflection of who you are. The job of your voice is not to seduce or flatter or make well-shaped sentences. In your voice, your readers should be able to hear the contents of your mind, your heart, your soul. - Meg Rosoff