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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Deference
 
  Deference often shrinks and withers as much upon the approach of intimacy as the sensitive plant does upon the touch of one’s finger.
Shenstone.    
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  Deference is the most complicate, the most indirect, and the most elegant of all compliments.
Shenstone.    
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