Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people in order to betray them.
I can spot empty flattery and know exactly where I stand. In the end it's really only my own approval or disapproval that means anything.
Music, even in situations of the greatest horror, should never be painful to the ear but should flatter and charm it, and thereby always remain music.
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
When will the public cease to insult the teacher's calling with empty flattery? When will men who would never for a moment encourage their own sons to enter the work of the public schools cease to tell us that education is the greatest and noblest of all human callings?
I once had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall.
Flattery is telling the other person precisely what he thinks about himself
Flattery is like friendship in show, but not in fruit
Flattery is all right so long as you don't inhale.
Flattery is like cologne water, to be smelt of, not swallowed
Flattery is the worst and falsest way of showing our esteem
The aim of flattery is to soothe and encourage us by assuring us of the truth of an opinion we have already formed about ourselves.
The habitude of pleasing by flattery makes a language soft; the fear of offending by truth makes it circuitous and conventional
Knavery and flattery are blood relations.
Flattery is the infantry of negotiation.