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Funny Quotations about Praise and Flattery

quotations about praise and flattery

Flattery, the art of bestowing compliments or praise, can be a double-edged sword. On one hand, it can be a tool of kindness, boosting someone's confidence or acknowledging their accomplishments. On the other, it can be used for manipulation, with insincere praise often easily seen through. Flattery, in its essence, is a reflection of human interaction and the dynamics of persuasion and influence.

The following compilation of funny quotations provides a multifaceted look at flattery. They delve into its power, its potential misuse, and the fine line that separates genuine appreciation from deceptive praise. These quotations offer insights and provoke thought, challenging you to reflect on the role of flattery in communication, relationships, and society. Whether you're someone who regularly dishes out compliments, a recipient of frequent flattery, or someone intrigued by the dynamics of interpersonal relations, these quotes will offer an interesting exploration of this timeless aspect of human interaction.

"I can resist everything except temptation...and flattery." Mae West (American actress, 1892-1980)

"Flattery looks like friendship – just like a wolf looks like a dog." Anon

An Artificial Intelligence (AI) image of Anonymous in the style of Pablo Picasso

"Flattery is like *chewing gum.*oil.*a lie.* Enjoy it but don't swallow it." Hank Ketcham (American cartoonist, 1920-2001)

"I'd rather have someone tell me I have something in my teeth than flatter me." Carol Leifer (American comedian, 1956-)

"Flattery is just *fake news*a chat-up line*a proposal* dressed up in a suit and tie." Martha Stewart (American businesswoman, 1941-)

"I never forget a compliment, especially when someone else gives it to me." George C. Lichtenberg (German physicist, 1742-1799)

"If flattery gets you everywhere, then I'm definitely going nowhere." Ellen DeGeneres (American comedian and actress, 1958-)

Flattery is like cologne water, to be smelt, not *swallowed.*sniffed.*worn.* Josh Billings (American humorist, 1818-1885)

"I can live for two months on a good compliment." Mark Twain (American writer, 1835-1910)

"What really flatters a man is that you think him worth flattering." George Bernard Shaw (Irish dramatist, 1856-1950)

"I once had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But then I read the description in the catalogue: no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall." Anon

"The advantage of doing one's praising for oneself is that one can lay it on so thick and exactly in the right places." Samuel Butler (English novelist, 1835-1902)

"If a man is vain, flatter. If timid, flatter. If boastful, flatter. In all history, too much flattery never lost a gentleman." Kathryn Cravens (American broadcaster, 1898-1991)

The others were only my wives. But you, my dear, will be my *widow.*dance partner.*business partner.* Sacha Guitry (French actor and dramatist, 1885-1957)

"I live for your agglomerated lucubrations." Henry James (American novelist, 1843-1916) to H. G. Wells

"To refuse to accept praise is to want to be praised twice over." Duc de la Rochefoucauld (French moralist, 1613-80)

"Nine out of ten males will believe anything, especially if it confirms their virility." Andrea Martin (American actress, 1947-)

Among the smaller duties of life, I hardly know one more important than that of not praising where praise is not due. Sydney Smith (English clergyman and essayist, 1771-1845)

"I suppose flattery hurts no one, that is, if he doesn't inhale." Adlai Stevenson (American Democratic politician, 1900-65)

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