Flattery Quotes

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Jane Austen
“I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.”
Jane Austen, Persuasion

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

Mary Wollstonecraft
“My own sex, I hope, will excuse me, if I treat them like rational creatures, instead of flattering their fascinating graces, and viewing them as if they were in a state of perpetual childhood, unable to stand alone.”
Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Charlotte Brontë
“It does good to no woman to be flattered [by a man] who does not intend to marry her; and it is madness in all women to let a secret love kindle within them, which, if unreturned and unknown, must devour the life that feeds it; and, if discovered and responded to, must lead, ignis-fatuus-like, into miry wilds whence there is no extrication.”
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

Jane Austen
“It's been many years since I had such an exemplary vegetable.”
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Marilyn Monroe
“No one ever told me I was pretty when I was a little girl. All little girls should be told they're pretty, even if they aren't.”
Marilyn Monroe

E.A. Bucchianeri
“An acquaintance merely enjoys your company, a fair-weather companion flatters when all is well, a true friend has your best interests at heart and the pluck to tell you what you need to hear.”
E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly,

Robert A. Heinlein
“The most preposterous notion that Homo sapiens has ever dreamed up is that the Lord God of Creation, Shaper and Ruler of all the Universes, wants the saccharine adoration of His creatures, can be swayed by their prayers, and becomes petulant if He does not receive this flattery. Yet this absurd fantasy, without a shred of evidence to bolster it, pays all the expenses of the oldest, largest, and least productive industry in all history.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

C.S. Pacat
“Then, in the spirit of benevolence, "Your face is well balanced." She slapped him encouragingly on the back, "You have very long eyelashes. Like a cow.”
C.S. Pacat, Captive Prince: Volume Two

Criss Jami
“Popular culture is a place where pity is called compassion, flattery is called love, propaganda is called knowledge, tension is called peace, gossip is called news, and auto-tune is called singing.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Norman Vincent Peale
“The trouble with most of us is that we'd rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.”
Norman Vincent Peale

Leo Tolstoy
“He stepped down, avoiding any long look at her as one avoids long looks at the sun, but seeing her as one sees the sun, without looking.”
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Marilyn Vos Savant
“I believe that love--not imitation--is the sincerest form of flattery. Your imitator thinks that you can be duplicated; your lover knows you can't.”
Marilyn Vos Savant

Dale Carnegie
“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, How to Win Friends and Influence People

Leo Tolstoy
“In the best, the friendliest and simplest relations flattery or praise is necessary, just as grease is necessary to keep wheels turning. ”
Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

Gustave Flaubert
“The public wants work which flatters its illusions.”
Gustave Flaubert

Anna Godbersen
“Heart-stopping envy is the sincerest form of flattery.”
Anna Godbersen, The Luxe

Mary Wollstonecraft
“I earnestly wish to point out in what true dignity and human happiness consists. I wish to persuade women to endeavor to acquire strength, both of mind and body, and to convince them that the soft phrases, susceptibility of heart, delicacy of sentiment, and refinement of taste, are almost synonymous with epithets of weakness, and that those beings are only the objects of pity, and that kind of love which has been termed its sister, will soon become objects of contempt.”
Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Derek Landy
“Gracious ignored him. "A farmer's daughter, she was, though back then every girl was a farmer's daughter. Or a farmer. She had long hair like rope, and a nose. All her eyes were blue and she had a smile like a radiant hole in the ground, with teeth. God, she was beautiful."

"She sounds terrifying," said Donegan.

"Hush, you. I will hear no bad word spoken of your sister.”
Derek Landy, The Dying of the Light

Alan Bradley
“To be most effective, flattery is always best applied with a trowel.”
Alan Bradley, The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag

Georgette Heyer
“The Marquis believed himself to be hardened against flattery. He thought that he had experienced every variety, but he discovered that he was mistaken: the blatantly worshipful look in the eyes of a twelve-year-old, anxiously raised to his, was new to him, and it pierced his defences.”
Georgette Heyer, Frederica

John Chrysostom
“I do not know whether anyone has ever succeeded in not enjoying praise. And, if he enjoys it, he naturally wants to receive it. And if he wants to receive it, he cannot help but being distraught at losing it. Those who are in love with applause have their spirits starved not only when they are blamed off-hand, but even when they fail to be constantly praised.”
John Chrysostom

Walter Savage Landor
“When a cat flatters ... he is not insincere: you may safely take it for real kindness.”
Walter Savage Landor, Imaginary Conversations

Melina Marchetta
“When a woman has not received much flattery in her life, she will be seduced.”
Melina Marchetta, Froi of the Exiles

Criss Jami
“I cannot encourage any fabrication even for the sake of making people feel good. If I were to fabricate consciously and knowingly, I would not only be ordaining myself their enemy, but also ordaining myself God's enemy.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Michael Bassey Johnson
“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

Vicktor Alexander
“I live on shameless flattery...and vodka...but the two usually go hand in hand.”
Vicktor Alexander

Walter Savage Landor
“Cats, like men, are flatterers.”
Walter Savage Landor, Imaginary Conversations

Zhuangzi
“Moreover, I have heard that those who are fond of praising men to their faces are also fond of damning them behind their backs.”
Zhuangzi, The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu

Leo Tolstoy
“Speransky, either because he appreciated Prince Andrey's abilities or because he thought it as well to secure his adherence, showed off his calm, impartial sagacity before Prince Andrey, and flattered him with that delicate flattery that goes hand in hand with conceit, and consists in a tacit assumption that one's companion and oneself are the only people capable of understanding all the folly of the rest of the world and the sagacity and profundity of their own ideas.”
Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

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