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Their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue.

There is an oblique way of reproof, which takes off the sharpness of it, and an address in flattery, which makes it agreeable, though never so gross; but of all flatterers, the most skilful is he who can do what you like, without saying anything which argues he does it for your sake.

There is no detraction worse than to overpraise a man; for if his worth prove short of what report doth speak of him, his own actions are ever giving the lie to his honor.

There is no flattery so adroit or effectual as that of implicit assent.

There is no tongue that flatters like a lover's; and yet in the exaggeration of his feelings, flattery seems to him commonplace.

There is scarcely any man, how much soever he may despise the character of a flatterer, but will condescend in the meanest manner to flatter himself.

To be flattered is grateful, even when we know that our praises are not believed by those who pronounce them; for they prove at least our power, and show that our favor is valued, since it is purchased by the meanness of falsehood.

We love flattery, even when we see through it, and are not deceived by it, for it shows that we are of importance enough to be courted.

We sometimes think we hate flattery, when we only hate the manner in which we have been flattered.

When flatterers meet the devil goes to dinner.

You play the spaniel, and think with wagging of your tongue to win me.


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