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Flattery is something that, if done in a wiser way, can turn into a big-time achievement for you.

“Flattery is praise insincerely given for an interested purpose." As Henry Ward Beecher describes it, flattery is something that needs to be taken casually.

It can be a bad as well as a good thing, but it’s up to you to use it wisely. If played wisely, one can get millions of praises from people for being humorous and charming. Here are the best flattery quotes to help you make people sing your praises and compliment you. Read on toe find the best sayings about flattery, and examples of flattery.

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Best Flattery Quotes

Flattery is a subtle form of art which can reap great rewards for someone. But in many cases there is some ulterior motive behind the flattery. Flattery is considered excessive compared to a compliment which is considered sincere. Read on for some of the best quotes on flattery.

Praise and flattery go together.

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

- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe.

2. “Flattery is like chewing gum. Enjoy it but don't swallow it.”

- Hank Ketcham.

3. “A little flattery will support a man through great fatigue.”

- James Monroe.

4. “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”

- Oscar Wilde.

5. “Sometimes, idealistic people have put off the whole business of networking as something tainted by flattery and the pursuit of selfish advantage. But virtue in obscurity is rewarded only in Heaven. To succeed in this world you have to be known to people.”

- Sonia Sotomayor.

6. “Between flattery and admiration there often flows a river of contempt.”

- Minna Antrim.

7. “I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.”

- Jane Austen, ‘Persuasion’.

8. “Sweet words are like honey, a little may refresh, but too many gluts the stomach.”

- Anne Bradstreet.

9. “It does good to no woman to be flattered [by a man] who does not intend to marry her; and it is madness in all women to let a secret love kindle within them, which, if unreturned and unknown, must devour the life that feeds it; and, if discovered and responded to, must lead, ignis-fatuus-like, into miry wilds whence there is no extrication.”

- Charlotte Brontë, ‘Jane Eyre’.

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

- Baruch Spinoza.

11. “Flattery was formerly a vice; it has now become the fashion.”

- Syrus.

12. “Flattery is telling the other person precisely what he thinks about himself.”

- Dale Carnegie.

13. “Flattery is like cologne water, to be smelt, not swallowed.”

-  Josh Billings.

14. “Flattery is all right if you don't inhale.”

- Adlai Stevenson I.

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

- William Shakespeare.

16. “Just praise is only a debt, but flattery is a present.”

- Samuel Johnson.

17. “You can't let praise or criticism get to you. It's a weakness to get caught up in either one.”

- John Wooden.

18. “In the best, the friendliest and simplest relations flattery or praise is necessary, just as grease is necessary to keep wheels turning.”

- Leo Tolstoy.

19. “I should prefer to have a politician who regularly went to a massage parlor than one who promised a laptop computer for every teacher.”

- A. N. Wilson.

20. “A petty reason perhaps why novelists more and more try to keep a distance from journalists is that novelists are trying to write the truth and journalists are trying to write fiction.”

- Graham Greene.

21. “There have been many great men that have flattered the people who ne'er loved them.”

- William Shakespeare.

22. “Flattery doesn’t charge these batteries, civilian.”

- Jane Lynch, ‘Calhoun’.

23. “When things are going well in Hollywood, it's absolutely delightful, if you like sycophancy.”

- Hugh Grant

24. “If her own mother had a heart attack, she'd think it was less important than one of Lady Sylvia's farts.”

- Emily Watson, ‘Elsie’.

25. “Everyone likes flattery, and when you come to Royalty you should lay it on with a trowel.”

- Benjamin Disraeli.

26. “But even this piece of flattery couldn't distract me from the fact that I was in the center of the Fae realm, blind, stark naked, and without the slightest idea of what was going on.”

- Patrick Rothfuss.

27. “Oh, flatter me; for love delights in praises.”

- William Shakespeare.

28. “Flattery is monstrous in a true friend.”

- John Ford.

29. “Flatterers look like friends, as wolves, like dogs.”

- George Chapman.

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Do not be shy to praise someone when necessary.

30. “He asked you quite openly to flatter him, to admire him, his little dodges deceived nobody. What she disliked was his narrowness, his blindness, she said, looking after him.”

- Virginia Woolf, ‘To The Light House’.

31. “Nature has so made us, that we all love to be flattered and to please ourselves with our own notions: the old crow loves his young, and the ape her cubs.”

- Thomas More, ‘Utopia’.

32. “Such women as you a hundred men always covet—your eyes will bewitch scores on scores into an unavailing fancy for you—you can only marry one of that many.”

- Thomas Hardy, ‘Far From The Madding Crowd’.

33. “And again the morning will begin, the beauty of mankind, and yellow sun, there was once a horde in there, now, here I look and I see none. Parts and portions, pestering leaf, tossing on the grey pavement lone, we did step on it, lift a curve on the face, convince ourselves that we have grown.”

- Ankita.

34. “When you see something beautiful in someone tell them. It may take seconds to say, but for them, it could last a lifetime.”

- Pheonixian.

35. “Do not be flattered if you ever find your essence in what I write.”

- Kef Amaya.

36. “There is no other way to guard yourself against flattery than by making men understand that telling you the truth will not offend you.”

- Niccolo Machiavelli.

37. “Avoid flatterers, for they are thieves in disguise.”

- William Penn.

38. “But it is hard to know them from friends, they are so obsequious and full of protestations; happy for a wolf resembles a dog, so doth a flatterer friend.”

- Walter Raleigh.

39. “Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.”

- Thich Nhat Hanh.

40. “Try your hardest to be confident in who you are. You are enough — you are beautiful.”

- Meagan Tandy.

41. “You're beautiful. Yes, you are, you're very very beautiful. Extremely beautiful.”

- Orson Welles.

42. “You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.”

- Oscar Wilde.

43. “Love is too weak a word for what I feel. I luuurve you, you know, I loave you, I luff you, two F’s, yes I have to invent, of course, I do, don’t you think I do?”

- Woody Allen.

44.“Flattery is a sugar-coated insult.”

- Peter A. Olsson.

45. “The punishment for vanity is flattery.”

- Wilhelm Raabe.

46. “Flattery is praise without foundation.”

- Eliza Leslie.

47. “Flattery is a kind of bad money, to which our vanity gives us currency.”

- Francois De La Rochefoucauld.

48. “Immigration is the sincerest form of flattery.”

- Jack Paar.

49. “Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver.”

- Edmund Burke

50. “I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time.”

- Friedrich Nietzsche.

51. “I hate careless flattery, the kind that exhausts you in your efforts to believe it.”

- Wilson Mizner.

52. “Some people pay a compliment as if they expected a receipt.”

- Kin Hubbard.

53. “Baloney is flattery laid on so thick it cannot be true, and blarney is flattery so thin we love it.”

- Fulton J. Sheen.

54. “No man flatters the woman he truly loves.”

- Henry Theodore Tuckerman.

55. “It is easy to flatter; it is harder to praise.”

- Jean-Paul.

56. “The lie that flatters I abhor the most.”

-  William Cowper.

57. “A fool flatters himself, a wise man flatters the fool.”

- Edward Bulwer Lytton.

58. “The encomium of one incapable of flattery is indeed flattering.”

- Percy Bysshe Shelley.

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59. “She said, You disgust me. How do you live with yourself? So I said, "Like I live with my clone: with many pats on the back, accompanied by high flattery.”

- Jarod Kintz.

60. “When they [parents and educators] talk of building self-esteem, they often resort to empty flattery rather than character-building honesty. I've heard so many people talk of a downward spiral in our educational system, and I think one key factor is that there are too much stroking and too little real feedback.”

- Randy Pausch.

61. “I have already settled it for myself so flattery and criticism go down the same drain and I am quite free.”

- Georgia O'Keeffe.

62. “Grant me prudently to avoid him that flatters me, and to endure patiently him that contradicts me.”

- Thomas `a Kempis.

63. “You think I love flattery and so I do, but a little too much always disgusts me.”

- Samuel Johnston.

64. “He that is too desirous to be loved will soon learn to flatter, and, when he has exhausted all the variations of honest praise and can delight no longer in the civility of truth, he will invent new topics of panegyric, and break out into raptures at virtues and beauties conferred by himself.”

- Samuel Johnston.

65. “Incredible that the best route to winning friends is not necessarily kindness or flattery, but letting them know you won't tolerate their bullshit.”

- Sarah Miller.

66. “Whenever somebody folds, say, 'Good lay down.' 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.”

- Cheryl Hines.

67. “The best form of flattery is to be admired, imitated, or respected. I've always felt proud our fans look up to us or feel we are inspirational.”

- Cheryl James.

68. “The flattery of posterity is not worth much more than contemporary flattery, which is worth nothing.”

- Jorge Luis Borges.

69. “Flattery is a form of hatred.”

- Bible.

70. “I would rather hear the pleased laugh of a child over some feature of my exhibition than receive as I did the flattering compliments of the Prince of Wales.”

- P. T. (Phineas Taylor) Barnum.

71. “Love is like the wind, you can’t see it but you can feel it.”

- Nicholas Sparks.

72. “Allow no man to be so free with you as to praise you to your face—your vanity, by this means, will want its food, but at the same time, your passion for esteem will be more fully gratified. Men will praise you in their actions; where you now receive one compliment, you will then receive twenty civilities.”

- Richard Steele.

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