The most sincere form of flattery is money.
One may define flattery as a base companionship which is most advantageous to the flatterer.
Nothing is so great an example of bad manners as flattery. If you flatter all the company, you please none; If you flatter only one or two, you offend the rest.
Flattery and insults raise the same question: What do you want?
Everyone likes flattery; and when you come to Royalty you should lay it on with a trowel.
Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver.
None are more taken in by flattery than the proud, who wish to be the first and are not.
Between flattery and admiration there often flows a river of contempt.
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.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
Charles Caleb Colton
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