|Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.|
| It has been well said that the arch-flatterer with whom all the petty flatterers have intelligence is a mans self.|
Quoted by BaconEssays. X. Of Love. Variation in Essay XXVII. Of Friendship; LIII. Of Praise. From PlutarchDe Adul. et Amico.
|Assentatio, vitiorum adjutrix, procul amoveatur.|
Let flattery, the handmaid of the vices, be far removed (from friendship).
CiceroDe Amicitia. XXIV.
|Imitation is the sincerest of flattery.|
C. C. ColtonLacon. P. 127.
|Of praise a mere glutton, he swallowd what came,|
And the puff of a dunce, he mistook it for fame;
Till his relish grown callous, almost to displease,
Who pepperd the highest was surest to please.
GoldsmithRetaliation. L. 109.
|Adulandi gens prudentissima laudat|
Sermonem indocti, faciem deformis amici.
The skilful class of flatterers praise the discourse of an ignorant friend and the face of a deformed one.
JuvenalSatires. III. 86.
| Gallantry of mind consists in saying flattering things in an agreeable manner.|
La RochefoucauldMaxims. 103.
| On croit quelquefois haïr la flatterie; mais on ne hait que la manière de flatter.|
We sometimes think that we hate flattery, but we only hate the manner in which it is done.
La RochefoucauldMaximes. 329.
|No adulation; tis the death of virtue;|
Who flatters, is of all mankind the lowest
Save he who courts the flattery.
|Qu se laudari gaudent verbis subdolis,|
Sera dant pnas turpes pnitentia.
They who delight to be flattered, pay for their folly by a late repentance.
PhædrusFables. I. 13. 1.
| By flatterers besieged|
And so obliging that he neer obliged.
PopePrologue to Satires. L. 207.
| Their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue.|
Psalms. V. 9.
| Es ist dem Menschen leichter und geläufiger, zu schmeicheln als zu loben.|
It is easier and handier for men to flatter than to praise.
Jean Paul RichterTitan. Zykel 34.
| Mine eyes|
Were not in fault, for she was beautiful;
Mine ears, that heard her flattery; nor my heart,
That thought her like her seeming; it had been vicious
To have mistrusted her.
Cymbeline. Act V. Sc. 5. L. 63.
|Why should the poor be flatterd?|
No, let the candied tongue lick absurd pomp,
And crook the pregnant hinges of the knee,
Where thrift may follow fawning.
Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 65.
|By God, I cannot flatter: I do defy|
The tongues of soothers; but a braver place
In my hearts love, hath no man than yourself;
Nay, task me to my word; approve me, lord.
Henry IV. Pt. I. Act IV. Sc. 1. L. 6.
|What drinkst thou oft, instead of homage sweet,|
But poisond flattery?
Henry V. Act IV. Sc. 1. L. 267.
|But when I tell him he hates flatterers,|
He says he does, being then most flattered.
Julius Cæsar. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 208.
|They do abuse the king that flatter him:|
For flattery is the bellows blows up sin.
Pericles. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 38.
|O, that mens ears should be|
To counsel deaf, but not to flattery!
Timon of Athens. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 256.
|Take no repulse, whatever she doth say;|
For, get you gone, she doth not mean, away.
Flatter and praise, commend, extol their graces;
Though neer so black, say they have angels faces.
That man that hath a tongue, I say, is no man,
If with his tongue he cannot win a woman.
Two Gentlemen of Verona. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 100.
|Tis an old maxim in the schools,|
That flatterys the food of fools;
Yet now and then your men of wit
Will condescend to take a bit.
SwiftCadenus and Vanessa. L. 769.
|Where Young must torture his invention|
To flatter knaves, or lose his pension.
SwiftPoetry, a Rhapsody. L. 279.
|Vitium fuit, nunc mos est, adsentatio.|
Flattery was formerly a vice; it has now become the fashion.
|Pessimum genus inimicorum laudantes.|
Flatterers are the worst kind of enemies.
|Of folly, vice, disease, men proud we see;|
And, (stranger still,) of blockheads flattery;
Whose praise defames; as if a fool should mean,
By spitting on your face, to make it clean.
YoungLove of Fame. Satire I. L. 755.
| With your own heart confer;|
And dread even there to find a flatterer.
YoungLove of Fame. Satire VI.