Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.
It has been well said that the arch-flatterer with whom all the petty flatterers have intelligence is a mans self. Quoted by BaconEssays. X. Of Love. Variation in Essay XXVII. Of Friendship; LIII. Of Praise. From PlutarchDe Adul. et Amico.
Of praise a mere glutton, he swallowd what came, And the puff of a dunce, he mistook it for fame; Till his relish grown callous, almost to displease, Who pepperd the highest was surest to please. GoldsmithRetaliation. L. 109.
Adulandi gens prudentissima laudat Sermonem indocti, faciem deformis amici. The skilful class of flatterers praise the discourse of an ignorant friend and the face of a deformed one. JuvenalSatires. III. 86.
On croit quelquefois haïr la flatterie; mais on ne hait que la manière de flatter. We sometimes think that we hate flattery, but we only hate the manner in which it is done. La RochefoucauldMaximes. 329.
Mine eyes Were not in fault, for she was beautiful; Mine ears, that heard her flattery; nor my heart, That thought her like her seeming; it had been vicious To have mistrusted her. Cymbeline. Act V. Sc. 5. L. 63.
By God, I cannot flatter: I do defy The tongues of soothers; but a braver place In my hearts love, hath no man than yourself; Nay, task me to my word; approve me, lord. Henry IV. Pt. I. Act IV. Sc. 1. L. 6.
Take no repulse, whatever she doth say; For, get you gone, she doth not mean, away. Flatter and praise, commend, extol their graces; Though neer so black, say they have angels faces. That man that hath a tongue, I say, is no man, If with his tongue he cannot win a woman. Two Gentlemen of Verona. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 100.
Of folly, vice, disease, men proud we see; And, (stranger still,) of blockheads flattery; Whose praise defames; as if a fool should mean, By spitting on your face, to make it clean. YoungLove of Fame. Satire I. L. 755.