I hate careless flattery, the kind that exhausts you in your efforts to believe it.
Wilson Mizner (1876 - 1933)
Contributed by: Zaady
He that loves to be flattered is worthy of the flatterer.
William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
Source: Timon of Athens
Much did I rage when young, Being by the world oppressed, But now with flattering tongue It speeds the parting guest.
William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)
Source: The Tower, 1928. Youth and Age
You are much too intelligent to be affected by flattery.
Those who are surly and imperious to their inferiors are generally humble, flattering and cringing to their superiors.
Thomas Fuller (1608 - 1661)
Ne'er Was flattery lost on poet's ear; A simple race! they waste their toil For the vain tribute of a smile.
Sir Walter Scott (1771 - 1832)
Source: Lay of the Last Minstrel, 1805, canto iv, conclusion
Whenever you commend, add your reasons for doing so; it is this which distinguishes the approbation of a man of sense from the flattery of sycophants and admiration of fools.
Sir Richard Steele (1672 - 1729)
Madam, before you flatter a man so grossly to his face, you should consider whether or not your flattery is worth his having.
Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)
Source: Remark to Hannah More
More people are flattered into virtue than bullied out of vice.
Source: The Analysis of the Hunting Field, 1846
Leave this hypocritical prating about the masses. Masses are rude, lame, unmade, pernicious in their demands and influence, and need not to be flattered, but to be schooled.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
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