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The Best Quotes About Flattery 

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Updated June 14, 2019 354 votes 117 voters 22.8k views

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A list of the best flattery quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous flattery quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic flattery quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational flattery quotes from that same writer.

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A flatterer is one who says things to your face that he wouldn't say behind your back.
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He that flatters you more than you desire either has deceived you or wishes to deceive.
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Flattery is like cologne water, to be smelt, not swallowed. Josh Billings
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The more we love our friends, the less we flatter them; it is by excusing nothing that pure love shows itself. Molière
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He that loves to be flattered is worthy of the flatterer. William Shakespeare
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Flattery is all right if you don't inhale. Adlai Stevenson I
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A fool flatters himself, a wise man flatters the fool. Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton
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The reason that adulation is not displeasing is that, though untrue, it shows one to be of consequence enough, in one way or other, to induce people to lie. George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron
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Self-love is the greatest of all flatterers. François de La Rochefoucauld
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Flattery makes friends and truth makes enemies.
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Many lick before they bite.
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We swallow with one gulp the lie that flatters us, and drink drop by drop the truth which is bitter to us. Denis Diderot
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What really flatters a man is that you think him worth flattering. George Bernard Shaw
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Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver. Edmund Burke
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Don't flatter the rich, or appear to willing before the great. Thomas à Kempis
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Flatter not thyself in thy faith in God if thou hast not charity for thy neighbor. Francis Quarles
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I cannot think of any character below the flatterer, except he who envies him. Richard Steele
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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
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Just praise is only a debt, but flattery is a present. Samuel Johnson
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He who says he hates every kind of flattery, and says it in earnest, certainly does not yet know every kind of flattery. Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
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None are more taken in by flattery than the proud, who wish to be the first and are not. Baruch Spinoza
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Every flatterer lives at the expense of him who listens to him. Jean de La Fontaine
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But it is hard to know them from friends, they are so obsequious and full of protestations; for a wolf resembles a dog, so doth a flatterer a friend. Walter Raleigh
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The coin that is most current among mankind is flattery: the only benefit of which is that by hearing what we are not, we may be instructed on what to become.
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Women who are either indisputably beautiful, or indisputably ugly, are best flattered upon the score of their understandings; but those who are in a state of mediocrity are best flattered upon their beauty, or at least their graces: for every woman who is not absolutely ugly, thinks herself handsome.