“Gossip is what you say about the objects of flattery when they aren't present.”
P. J. O'Rourke
“Just praise is only a debt, but flattery is a present”
“Flattery makes friends and truth makes enemies.”
“Flattery is telling the other person precisely what he thinks about himself”
“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.”
“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
“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”
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