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Always let your flattery be seen through for what really flatters a man is that you think him worth flattering. - George Bernard Shaw

Flattery is like cologne water, to be smelt of, not swallowed. - Josh Billings

Let flattery, the handmaid of the vices, be far removed (from friendship). [La., Assentatio, vitiorum adjutrix, procul amoveatur] - Cicero [Marcus Tullius Cicero]

Feel you the barren flattery of a rhyme? Can poets soothe you, when you pine for bread, By winding myrtle round your ruin'd shed? - George Crabbe

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. - Charles Caleb Colton

Flattery brings friends, but the truth begets enmity. - Lord Alfred Tennyson

Flattery is a counterfeit money which, but for vanity, would have no circulation. - Francois de la Rochefoucauld

We sometimes think that we hate flattery, but we only hate the manner in which it is done. [Fr., On croit quelquefoir hair la flatterie; maid on ne hait que a maniere de flatter] - Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Patron: One who countenances, supports or protects. Commonly a wretch who supports with insolence, and is paid with flattery. - Samuel Johnson