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Quotations: Compliments, Flattery, Praise

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

Flattery resembles the picture of a suit of armour in this respect, that it is calculated to yield delight, not to render any actual service. ~Demophilus, "Dialectic Similitudes," Life's Culture and Conduct  [Pythagorean philosopher, whose history is little known. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

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

'Twas never merry world
Since lowly feigning was called compliment.
~William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

Women are never disarmed by compliments; men always are. ~Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband, 1899

Like pollen on a honeybee, flattery clings to the things you tell yourself. ~Willis Goth Regier, In Praise of Flattery, 2007

An occasional compliment is necessary to keep up one's self-respect. The plan of the newspaper is good and wise; when you can't get a compliment any other way, pay yourself one. ~Mark Twain, 1894

I hate careless flattery, the kind that exhausts you in your effort to believe it. ~Wilson Mizner

What flatterers say, try to make true. ~German Proverb

Pay with compliments and you will always be wealthy. ~Mike Dolan, @HawaiianLife

Flattery must be pretty thick before anybody objects to it. ~William Feather

It is great to get praise from the lips of taciturnity. ~John Addington Symonds

Flattery works like a drug. ~Willis Goth Regier, In Praise of Flattery, 2007

A compliment is usually accompanied with a bow, as if to beg pardon for paying it. ~A.W. Hare & J.C. Hare, Guesses at Truth

Men prefer brief praise, pitched high; women are satisfied with praise in a lower key, just so it goes on and on. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

Modesty is the only sure bait when you angle for praise. ~Lord Chesterfield

Current among men,
Like coin, the tinsel clink of compliment.
~Lord Alfred Tennyson, Princess

All ears readily open to flattery. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882

Flatterers look like friends, as wolves like dogs. ~George Chapman

A person given to barefaced flattery, will usually balance the account with interest in your absence. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked what I thought, and attended to my answer. ~Henry David Thoreau

It is hard to resist a flatterer who gets it right. ~Robert Brault,

Compliments make me vain: & when I am vain, I am insolent & overbearing. It is a pity, too, because I love compliments. I love them even when they are not so. My child, I can live on a good compliment two weeks with nothing else to eat. ~Mark Twain, letter to Gertrude Natkin, 1906 March 2nd  [Thanks, Barbara Schmidt, of! —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

God was just showing off when he created you. ~From the movie Keeping the Faith

Flattery.... gets its kicks by flirting with insult and ridicule.~Willis Goth Regier, In Praise of Flattery, 2007

Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough. ~George Moore

Nothing is so silly as the expression of a man who is being complimented. ~André Gide

That guy has muscles in places most people don't have places. ~Bucky Waters, on Tom Hammonds

Her very frowns are fairer far
Than smiles of other maidens are.
~Hartley Coleridge

The simple lack of her is more to me than others' presence. ~Edward Thomas

Marge, you're as pretty as Princess Leia and as smart as Yoda. ~Homer Simpson

If people did not compliment one another there would be little society. ~Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues

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