63+ Best Flattery Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Flattery is the act of praising someone, often in a way that is not sincere, because you want something from them. Profoundly inspirational flattery quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.

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Famous Flattery Quotes

Flattery was one of Kissinger’s principal tools in winning over Nixon, and a tool he employed shamelessly. — Robert Dallek

None are more taken in by flattery than the proud, who wish to be the first and are not. — Baruch Spinoza

Imitation is the highest form of flattery, but clones kind of get it wrong because we are promoting individuality and being proud of being yourself. — Brian Molko

Immigration is the sincerest form of flattery. — Jack Paar

They say imitation is the best form of flattery. That is particularly the case if you’re a U.S. presidential candidate and pundits are likening you to a conservative giant like Ronald Reagan. — Chuck Norris

Said I was beautiful, did he? He’s being paid for treatment, not flattery. — Lillie Langtry

One may define flattery as a base companionship which is most advantageous to the flatterer. — Theophrastus

Am I the only person in the world who is shocked and amazed at the ongoing flattery of uebergeek Mark Zuckerberg? — Tom Hodgkinson

Women in Washington – and in positions of power anywhere – should be subjected to the same criticisms and held to the same standards as men. That does not include the assumption that any successful woman has attained her position through flattery, feminine wiles, or her ability to provide maternal comfort to a more powerful man. — Donna Brazile

Imitation is flattery, and The Hills Have Eyes is a classic. — Michael Berryman

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

Rapping can be repetition sometimes. Sometimes you gotta highlight your words in a certain kind of way. So I always was a fan of sing-rapping. It was always funny to me a little bit, and I think that being funny and being able to laugh, even at yourself, is a form of flattery. — ASAP Ferg

L.A. runs on optimism, enthusiasm and flattery. I think you can go a little bit crazy. I’ve heard people say there’s a limit to the number of years you can stay in this city without going slightly mad. It’s just too damn sunny in every dimension – weather-wise, socially and professionally. — Hugh Laurie

The flattery is nice, but awards don’t add up to writing quality songs. — Chantal Kreviazuk

Flattery in courtship is the highest insolence, for whilst it pretends to bestow on you more than you deserve, it is watching an opportunity to take from you what you really have. — Sarah Fielding

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. — Edith Sitwell

You cannot ‘rationalize’ what is not rational to begin with – as if lying were called ‘truthization.’ There is no way to obtain more truth for a proposition by bribery, flattery, or the most passionate argument – you can make more people believe the proposition, but you cannot make it more true. — Eliezer Yudkowsky

A little flattery will support a man through great fatigue. — James Monroe

Baloney is flattery laid on so thick it cannot be true, and blarney is flattery so thin we love it. — Fulton J. Sheen

Imitation is obviously a great form of flattery. — Peyton Manning

The most sincere form of flattery is money. — Jim Cantrell

Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver. — Edmund Burke

Imitation is the best form of flattery; people generally understand that my comedy is not intended to hurt anybody. Occasionally, an actor might take exception, but they should just understand that it is all done in good humour. — Vivek

Flattery and criticism are always in our profession. — Sergio Ramos

One-year-olds learn concealment. Five-year-olds lie outright: they manipulate via flattery. Nine-year-olds – masters of the cover-up. By the time you enter college, you’re going to lie to your mom in one out of every five interactions. — Pamela Meyer

Flattery is like cologne water, to be smelt, not swallowed. — Josh Billings

Advertising – a judicious mixture of flattery and threats. — Northrop Frye

Gossip is what you say about the objects of flattery when they aren’t present. — P. J. O’Rourke

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

I have always found it interesting… that there are people who regard copyright infringement as a form of flattery. — Tom Lehrer

Sometimes, idealistic people are put off the whole business of networking as something tainted by flattery and the pursuit of selfish advantage. But virtue in obscurity is rewarded only in Heaven. To succeed in this world you have to be known to people. — Sonia Sotomayor

To ask advice is in nine cases out of ten to tout for flattery. — John Churton Collins

To pay attention to flattery or criticism is a waste of time for artists. — John McLaughlin

The love of one’s own sex is precious, for it is neither provoked by vanity nor retained by flattery; it is genuine and sincere. — Maria Mitchell

We should keep silent about those in power; to speak well of them almost implies flattery; to speak ill of them while they are alive is dangerous, and when they are dead is cowardly. — Jean de la Bruyere

Everyone likes flattery; and when you come to Royalty you should lay it on with a trowel. — Benjamin Disraeli

Flattery is all right so long as you don’t inhale. — Adlai Stevenson I

I know imitation is the highest form of flattery, but stealing one’s identity is totally different. — AnnaLynne McCord

If we did not flatter ourselves, the flattery of others could never harm us. — Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Although I am small, ugly and dirty, I am highly ambitious, and at the slightest flattery, I immediately start to strut like a turkey. — Italo Calvino

Nothing is so great an example of bad manners as flattery. If you flatter all the company, you please none; If you flatter only one or two, you offend the rest. — Jonathan Swift

I think I misunderstood the following in the footsteps bit, in a few of my early drinking years. I’d take any form of being compared to Dad as flattery. So if I fell off a stool or smashed up a TV set just because I was drunk, and somebody in the bar went ‘Hey, man, that was just like Bonzo!’ I would be really happy. — Jason Bonham

Knavery and flattery are blood relations. — Abraham Lincoln

From every ancient source, we have testimony to Cleopatra’s irresistible charm, as Plutarch has it, to her ability to speak many languages including, as he puts it, the language of flattery and essentially, to be able to turn people to her will – really a great political genius, in that respect. — Stacy Schiff

Flattery is like chewing gum. Enjoy it but don’t swallow it. — Hank Ketcham

I trust it will not be giving away professional secrets to say that many readers would be surprised, perhaps shocked, at the questions which some newspaper editors will put to a defenseless woman under the guise of flattery. — Kate Chopin

This flattery has been rather slow in coming. I think all of sudden late in life now I’m getting some credit for what I’ve done. Which is gratifying, but it’s kind of a little late. — Jack Vance

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. — Charles Caleb Colton

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 can spot empty flattery and know exactly where I stand. In the end it’s really only my own approval or disapproval that means anything. — Agnetha Faltskog

Flattery and insults raise the same question: What do you want? — Mason Cooley

Flattery and deceit are the darlings of great men, and so with these men spread the butter on thick, if you want to get something out of them, otherwise you’ll come home to me with a full belly and an empty purse. — Pietro Aretino

Flattery is a kind of bad money, to which our vanity gives us currency. — Francois de La Rochefoucauld

A president aiming for ‘Great’ or ‘Near Great’ status must do more. He must give lots of interviews, make records accessible, and heap the flattery on academia – each of which Mr. Bush has signally failed to do. — Thomas Frank

Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery. — Joyce Brothers

The flattery of posterity is not worth much more than contemporary flattery, which is worth nothing. — Jorge Luis Borges

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. — Helen Rowland

My cut is blunt and futuristic, and Nicki Minaj started wearing that bob on her head after she came to my show, so at the end of the day, I know what I do, and I know what I possess, and I know who I am. I’m a trendsetter. The biggest form of flattery is imitation, so I’m flattered. — Lil Mama

I think people ragging on me is kind of a form of flattery. — Chord Overstreet

Nothing says, ‘I pay attention to detail!’ like footwear flattery from a boy. — Rachel Nichols

Sheer flattery got me into the theater. Flattery always works with me, particularly the flattery of women. — Carroll O’Connor

The best form of flattery is to be admired, imitated or respected. I’ve always felt proud our fans look up to us or feel we are inspirational. — Cheryl James

Whenever somebody folds, say, ‘Good laydown.’ It encourages them to fold on a later hand because it makes them feel like you had the best hand even if you were bluffing. It’s an odd form of flattery that seems to work at the poker table. — Cheryl Hines