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He that flatters you more than you desire either has deceived you or wishes to deceive.

Italian proverb

Flattery makes friends and truth makes enemies.

Spanish proverb

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.

Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773) British statesman.

Look closely at those who patronize you. Half are unfeeling, half untaught.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832) German poet, novelist and dramatist.

He that loves to be flattered is worthy of the flatterer.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.


Many lick before they bite.


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

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer.

None are more taken in by flattery than the proud, who wish to be the first and are not.

Benedict de Spinoza (1632-1677) Dutch Jewish philosopher.

Just praise is only a debt, but flattery is a present.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) British author.

Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver.

Edmund Burke (1729-1797) British political writer.