Quotes and Sayings about Flattery



"Imitation is flattery, and The Hills Have Eyes is a classic."
- Michael Berryman
(Related: Eyes, Flattery, Imitation)

"Flattery is like cologne water, to be smelt, not swallowed."
- Josh Billings
(Related: Flattery, Water)

"The flattery of posterity is not worth much more than contemporary flattery, which is worth nothing."
- Jorge Luis Borges
(Related: Flattery, Nothing, Posterity, Worth)

"Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery."
- Joyce Brothers
(Related: Flattery, Imitation, Listening, May)

"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
(Related: Power, Flattery)

"Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver."
- Edmund Burke
(Related: Flattery)

"Flattery is the infantry of negotiation."
- Lord Chandos
(Related: Flattery, Negotiation)

"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."
- Kate Chopin
(Related: Trust, Editors, Flattery, Giving, Questions, Secrets, Will, Woman)

"To ask advice is in nine cases out of ten to tout for flattery."
- John Churton Collins
(Related: Advice, Flattery)

"Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery."
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Related: Flattery, Imitation)

"Flattery and insults raise the same question: What do you want?"
- Mason Cooley
(Related: Flattery, Insults, Want)

"Everyone likes flattery; and when you come to Royalty you should lay it on with a trowel."
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Related: Flattery, Royalty)

"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."
- Agnetha Faltskog
(Related: Approval, End, Flattery)

"Flattery in courtship is the highest insolence, for whilst it pretends to bestow on you more than you deserve, it is watching an opportunity to take from you what you really have."
- Sarah Fielding
(Related: Opportunity, Courtship, Flattery)

"Advertising - a judicious mixture of flattery and threats."
- Northrop Frye
(Related: Advertising, Flattery)

"Imitation is the sincerest flattery."
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Related: Flattery, Imitation)

"Flattery is like chewing gum. Enjoy it but don't swallow it."
- Hank Ketcham
(Related: Flattery)

"The flattery is nice, but awards don't add up to writing quality songs."
- Chantal Kreviazuk
(Related: Quality, Awards, Flattery, Songs, Writing)

"Said I was beautiful, did he? He's being paid for treatment, not flattery."
- Lillie Langtry
(Related: Being, Flattery, Treatment)

"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
(Related: Flattery)

"Knavery and flattery are blood relations."
- Abraham Lincoln
(Related: Blood, Flattery, Knavery)

"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."
- Maria Mitchell
(Related: Love, Sex, Flattery, Vanity)

"I hate careless flattery, the kind that exhausts you in your efforts to believe it."
- Wilson Mizner
(Related: Flattery, Hate)

"Imitation is the highest form of flattery, but clones kind of get it wrong because we are promoting individuality and being proud of being yourself."
- Brian Molko
(Related: Being, Flattery, Imitation, Individuality, Wrong)

"A little flattery will support a man through great fatigue."
- James Monroe
(Related: Fatigue, Flattery, Man, Support, Will)

"Sheer flattery got me into the theater. Flattery always works with me, particularly the flattery of women."
- Carroll O'Connor
(Related: Women, Flattery, Theater)

"Gossip is what you say about the objects of flattery when they aren't present."
- P. J. O'Rourke
(Related: Flattery, Gossip, Present)

"Immigration is the sincerest form of flattery."
- Jack Paar
(Related: Flattery)

"If we did not flatter ourselves, the flattery of others could never harm us."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Flattery, Harm)

"Flattery is a kind of bad money, to which our vanity gives us currency."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Money, Flattery, Vanity)

"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
(Related: Love, Heart, Criticism, Flattery, Man, May, Woman)

"Baloney is flattery laid on so thick it cannot be true, and blarney is flattery so thin we love it."
- Fulton J. Sheen
(Related: Love, Flattery)

"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
(Related: Truth, Flattery, Opinion)

"None are more taken in by flattery than the proud, who wish to be the first and are not."
- Baruch Spinoza
(Related: First, Flattery)

"Flattery is all right so long as you don't inhale."
- Adlai E. Stevenson
(Related: Flattery, Right)

"Nothing is so great an example of bad manners as flattery. If you flatter all the company, you please none; If you flatter only one or two, you offend the rest."
- Jonathan Swift
(Related: Company, Example, Flattery, Manners, Nothing, Rest)

"One may define flattery as a base companionship which is most advantageous to the flatterer."
- Theophrastus
(Related: Companionship, Flattery, May)

"This flattery has been rather slow in coming. I think all of sudden late in life now I'm getting some credit for what I've done. Which is gratifying, but it's kind of a little late."
- Jack Vance
(Related: Life, Credit, Flattery, Now)