Flattery Quotes and Sayings

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
Charles Caleb Colton

Pay with compliments and you will always be wealthy.
– Mike Dolan

I can live for two months on a good compliment.
Mark Twain

Modesty is the only sure bait when you angle for praise.
Lord Chesterfield

Nothing flatters a man as much as the happiness of his wife; he is always proud of himself as the source of it.
Samuel Johnson

Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Some folks pay a compliment like they went down in their pocket for it.
– Kin Hubbard


When I compliment you, I compliment myself, because I am who I associate with.
Jarod Kintz

Remember, man does not live on bread alone: sometimes he needs a little buttering up.
– John C. Maxwell

Flattery and insults raise the same question: What do you want?
Mason Cooley

Any halfway clever devil would decorate the highway to Hell as beautiful as possible.
Criss Jami

You can receive all the compliments in the world, but that won’t do a thing unless you believe it yourself.
Criss Jami

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

Some natures are too good to be spoiled by praise.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The difference between appreciation and flattery? That is simple. One is sincere and the other insincere. One comes from the heart out; the other from the teeth out. One is unselfish; the other selfish. One is universally admired; the other universally condemned.
Dale Carnegie


Many know how to flatter, few know how to praise.
– Wendell Phillips

He who says he hates every kind of flattery, and says it in earnest, certainly does not yet know every kind of flattery.

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

Flattery is a form of hatred.
– Bible

Every sexual sin begins with flattery.
– Sunday Adelaja

He flatters me because he knows I am flattered by him flattering me. And that flatters him. So when he flatters me, he is really flattering himself.
Jarod Kintz

Flattery does not encourage the perfect flow of love in the vein of your relationship. Be genuine and speak out what you feel for each other without hiding the painful truth.
– Michael Bassey Johnson

Cats, like men, are flatterers.
– Walter Savage Landor

When a woman has not received much flattery in her life, she will be seduced.
– Melina Marchetta

Heart-stopping envy is the sincerest form of flattery.
– Anna Godbersen


Sweet words are like honey, a little may refresh, but too much gluts the stomach.
– Anne Bradstreet

Flattery is the worst and falsest way of showing our esteem

It is possible to be below flattery as well as above it.
– Thomas B. Macaulay

Flattery is like friendship in show, but not in fruit.

Flattery was formerly a vice; it has now become the fashion.
– Syrus

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