“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.”
“Approve not of him who commends all you say”
“Flattery makes friends and truth makes enemies.”
“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”
“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”
“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.”
Dame Edith Sitwell
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