Quotation Explorer - 'Flattery'

There is no other way of guarding oneself against flattery than by letting men understand that they will not offend you by speaking the truth; but when everyone can tell you the truth, you lose their respect. - Niccolo Machiavelli
To tell the truth, my dear count, I must own that of all nauseating human emanations, literature is one of those which disgust me most. I can see nothing in it but compromise and flattery. And I go so far as to doubt whether it can be anything else. - André Gide
Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery. - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Some say that a woman that trades her body for money is a whore, if that is the case, then a woman that trades her body for flattery and kind words is just a whore that is not paid very well. - Carl R White
Every sexual sin begins with flattery. - Sunday Adelaja
Immigration is the sincerest form of flattery.
A compliment is a statement of an agreeable truth; flattery is a statement of an agreeable untruth.
Imitation is the sincerest of flattery. - Charles Caleb Colton
Imitation is the highest form of flattery. Try not to see it as an invitation to compete. - Andrena Sawyer
We sometimes imagine we hate flattery, but we only hate the way we are flattered. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld
We sometimes think that we hate flattery, but we only hate the manner in which it is done. - François de La Rochefoucauld
Never divulge secrets to acquaintances.Never betray old friends for new ones.Never mistake flattery for praise.Never rely on dishonorable people.Never trust your enemy's friends.Never mistake someone’s kindness for weakness. - Matshona Dhliwayo
Imitation is the greatest form of flattery, but worship is the greatest form of adoration. - Jayce O'Neal
The ultimate downfall of the computerized holographic receptionist was that there was no amount of flattery, flirtation or chocolate that could convince one to lie for you. - Scott B. Pruden
If a story is w/out flaws or doubts, it is flattery or even brainwashing. You should read it as if drinking a glass of water. But be prepared - you would not remember its taste. - Vinko Vrbanic
Flattery looks like friendship, just like a wolf looks like a dog.
Baloney is the lie laid on so thick you hate it. Blarney is flattery laid on so thin you love it. - Fulton J. Sheen
He has been called a mediocre man; but this is unwarranted flattery. He was a politician of monumental littleness. - Richard M. Nixon
When someone you loved finds no flattery in the gift you gave them then you must ask yourself, "What was worth loving? - Shannon L. Alder
A woman's flattery may inflate a man's head a little; but her criticism goes straight to his heart, and contracts it so that it can never again hold quite as much love for her. - Helen Rowland
Some say that a woman that trades her body for money is a whore, if that is the case, then a woman that trades her body for flattery and kind words is just a whore that is not paid as well. - Carl R White
Imitation is not just the sincerest form of flattery - it's the sincerest form of learning. - George Bernard Shaw
I believe that love--not imitation--is the sincerest form of flattery. Your imitator thinks that you can be duplicated; your lover knows you can't. - Marilyn Vos Savant
It is possible to be below flattery as well as above it. - Thomas Babington Macaulay
Whenever you commend, add your reasons for doing so; it is this which distinguishes the approbation of a man of sense from the flattery of sycophants and admiration of fools. - Sir Richard Steele
To ask for advice is in nine cases out of ten to ask for flattery. - John Churton Collins
Flattery does not encourage the perfect flow of love in the vein of your relationship. Be genuine and speak out what you feel for each other without hiding the painful truth. - Michael Bassey Johnson
Advertising - A judicious mixture of flattery and threats. - Stephen Leacock
Flattery is like cologne water, to be smelt of, not swallowed. - Josh Billings
To ask advice is in nine cases out of ten to tout for flattery. - John Churton Collins
I have already settled it for myself so flattery and criticism go down the same drain and I am quite free. - Georgia O'Keeffe
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but theft is a sin. - Elena
Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery. - Dr. Joyce Brothers
I hate careless flattery, the kind that exhausts you in your effort to believe it. - Wilson Mizner
They say copying is a form of flattery, I say it's lack of originality. - Elizabeth Blade
Wisdom is better than flattery, even if bitter in your ears. - Matshona Dhliwayo
My passport photo is one of the most remarkable photographs I have ever seen --- no retouching, no shadows, no flattery --- just stark me. - Anne Morrow Lindbergh
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. - Edith Sitwell
Flattery is useful when dealing with youngsters. - Isaac Asimov
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