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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
Flatterer, Flattery
A flatterer, a hypocrite.  German.  1
A flatterer is a secret enemy.  Hungarian.  2
A flatterer is the shadow of a fool.  Giles’ Proverbs.  3
A flatterer of vice is an immoral man.  Johnson.  4
A flatterer has a poisonous tongue.  German.  5
A flatterer has water in one hand and fire in the other.  German.  6
A flatterer’s mouth worketh ruin.  Bible.  7
A flattering speech is a honeyed poison.  Latin.  8
A man that flattereth his neighbor spreadeth a net for his feet.  Bible.  9
As a wolf is like a dog, so is a flatterer like a friend.  10
Beware of the flatterer.  11
Dread to flatter as to die.  Homer.  12
Flatterers and dogs soil their own masters.  German.  13
Flatterers are always bowing and cringing.  Arbuthnot.  14
Flatterers are cats that lick before and scratch behind.  German.  15
Flatterers are the devil’s nurse.  German.  16
Flatterers are the worst kind of enemies.  Tacitus.  17
Flatterers haunt not cottages.  18
Flattery always degenerates into ingratitude.  19
Flattery brings friends but the truth begets enmity.  20
Flattery displays a braver flag than humility.  21
Flattery is like friendship in show but not in fruit.  Socrates.  22
Flattery is sweet food to those who can swallow it.  Danish.  23
Flattery is the bellows that blows up sin.  Shakespeare.  24
Flattery is the destruction of all good fellowship.  Benjamin Disraeli.  25
Flattery is the food of fools.  Swift.  26
Flattery is the prolific parent of falsehood.  Gibbon.  27
Flattery sits in the parlor when plain dealing is kicked out of doors.  28
Flattery the dangerous nurse of vice.  Daniel.  29
Flattery was formerly a vice; it has now become the fashion.  Publius Syrus.  30
He cannot have me both for a friend and flatterer.  Phocion speaking of Antipater.  31
He that feasteth a flatterer and a slanderer dineth with two devils.  32
He that is open to flattery, is fenced against admonition.  33
He that rewards flattery begs it.  34
He who praises me on all occasions is a fool who despises me or a knave who wishes to cheat me.  Chinese.  35
He would swallow flattery though it were laid on with a trowel.  36
If we did not flatter ourselves no body else could.  37
Just praise is only a debt, but flattery is a present.  Dr. Johnson.  38
Let flattery, the handmaid of vice, be far removed from friendship.  Cicero.  39
Openness to flattery is the common disgrace of declining life.  Dr. Johnson.  40
Our flatterers are our most dangerous enemies, though they often lie in our bosoms.  41
Parent of wicked, bane of honest, deeds.  Prior.  42
Scratch people where they itch.  French.  43
Show me a poor man and I’ll show you a flatterer.  Portuguese.  44
The coin most current is flattery.  45
The flatterer does the prince more harm than the enemy in the field.  German.  46
The flatterer’s bite is poisonous.  German.  47
The flatterer’s throat is an open sepulchre.  Italian.  48
There is no such flatterer as a man’s self.  49
They who delight to be flattered pay for their folly by a late repentance.  Phædrus.  50
Trust not the flatterer: in the days of sunshine he will give three pounds of butter, and in thy need deny thee a crust of bread.  Chinese.  51
’Tis an old maxim in the schools
That flattery is the food of fools.  Swift.
We seldom find out we are flattered.  53
When flatterers meet, the devil goes to dinner.  Defoe.  54
When the flatterer pipes, the devil dances.  55
Who knows not how to flatter, knows not how to talk.  Italian.  56
Who paints me before, blackens me behind.  Italian.  57
Who trusts the flatterer sells his goods without money.  German.  58

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