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Baloney is flattery laid on so thick it cannot be true, and blarney is flattery so thin we love it.
Fulton J. Sheen
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 Bruyere
None are more taken in by flattery than the proud, who wish to be the first and are not.
Although I am small, ugly and dirty, I am highly ambitious, and at the slightest flattery, I immediately start to strut like a turkey.
I have always found it interesting... that there are people who regard copyright infringement as a form of flattery.
I can spot empty flattery and know exactly where I stand. In the end it's really only my own approval or disapproval that means anything.
To ask advice is in nine cases out of ten to tout for flattery.
John Churton Collins
The love of one's own sex is precious, for it is neither provoked by vanity nor retained by flattery; it is genuine and sincere.
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.
One may define flattery as a base companionship which is most advantageous to the flatterer.
You cannot 'rationalize' what is not rational to begin with - as if lying were called 'truthization.' There is no way to obtain more truth for a proposition by bribery, flattery, or the most passionate argument - you can make more people believe the proposition, but you cannot make it more true.
Immigration is the sincerest form of flattery.
Whenever somebody folds, say, 'Good laydown.' It encourages them to fold on a later hand because it makes them feel like you had the best hand even if you were bluffing. It's an odd form of flattery that seems to work at the poker table.
I trust it will not be giving away professional secrets to say that many readers would be surprised, perhaps shocked, at the questions which some newspaper editors will put to a defenseless woman under the guise of flattery.
The flattery is nice, but awards don't add up to writing quality songs.
If we did not flatter ourselves, the flattery of others could never harm us.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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.
The flattery of posterity is not worth much more than contemporary flattery, which is worth nothing.
Jorge Luis Borges
He who says he hates every kind of flattery, and says it in earnest, certainly does not yet know every kind of flattery.
Georg C. Lichtenberg
Said I was beautiful, did he? He's being paid for treatment, not flattery.
Am I the only person in the world who is shocked and amazed at the ongoing flattery of uebergeek Mark Zuckerberg?
Flattery was one of Kissinger's principal tools in winning over Nixon, and a tool he employed shamelessly.
Nothing says, 'I pay attention to detail!' like footwear flattery from a boy.
Advertising - a judicious mixture of flattery and threats.
From every ancient source, we have testimony to Cleopatra's irresistible charm, as Plutarch has it, to her ability to speak many languages including, as he puts it, the language of flattery and essentially, to be able to turn people to her will - really a great political genius, in that respect.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Leonardo da Vinci
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