Flattery Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old flattery quotes, flattery sayings, and flattery proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

He that flatters you more than you desire either has deceived you or wishes to deceive.     

Italian Proverb

Flattery makes friends and truth makes enemies.     

Spanish Proverb

Look closely at those who patronize you. Half are unfeeling, half untaught.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Flattery is like chewing gum. Enjoy it but don't swallow it.     

Hank Ketcham

A little flattery will support a man through great fatigue.     

James Monroe

Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver.     

Edmund Burke

Flattery succeeds best on minds previously occupied by conceit.     

Norman Macdonald

Although a skillful flatterer is a most delightful companion if you have him all to yourself, his taste becomes very doubtful when he takes to complimenting other people.     

Charles Dickens

Flattery is refined deception--it is the froth of language--it is the alcohol of social intercourse--it is the prescription of the subtle--and the nectar of fools.     

William Scott Downey

Flattery is like cologne water, to be smelt, not swallowed     

Josh Billings

Flattery is all right if you don't inhale.     

Adlai Stevenson I

A fool flatters himself, a wise man flatters the fool.     

Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery.     

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

I pay no attention whatever to anybody's praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings.     

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The public wants work which flatters its illusions.     

Gustave Flaubert

It is possible to be below flattery as well as above it.     

Thomas B. Macaulay

A compliment is a statement of an agreeable truth; flattery is a statement of an agreeable untruth.     

Sir John A. MacDonald

Between flattery and admiration there often flows a river of contempt.     

Minna Antrim

Flattery is never so agreeable as to our blind side; commend a fool for his wit, or a knave for his honesty, and they will receive you into their bosoms.     

Henry Fielding

There is no effect more disproportionate to its cause than the happiness bestowed by a small compliment.     

Robert Brault

Some folks pay a compliment like they went down in their pocket for it.     

Kin Hubbard

Like pollen on a honeybee, flattery clings to the things you tell yourself.     

Willis Goth Regier

Flattery is a form of hatred.     


He who says he hates every kind of flattery, and says it in earnest, certainly does not yet know every kind of flattery.     

Georg C. Lichtenberg

I cannot think of any character below the flatterer, except he who envies him.     

Sir Richard Steele

Do not offer a compliment and ask a favor at the same time. A compliment that is charged for is not valuable.     

Mark Twain

The voice of flattery affects us after it has ceased, just as after a concert men find some agreeable air ringing in their ears to the exclusion of all serious business.     


Here comes Glib-tongue: who can out-flatter a Dedication; and lie, like ten Epitaphs.     

Benjamin Franklin

Flattery is like friendship in show, but not in fruit     


Flattery is telling the other person precisely what he thinks about himself     

Dale Carnegie