Dear little souls, they hate flattery, so they tell you; and when you say, "Ah, darling, it isn't flattery in your case, it's plain, sober truth; you really are, without exaggeration, the most beautiful, the most good, the most charming, the most divine, the most perfect human creature that ever trod this earth," they will smile a quiet, approving smile, and, leaning against your manly shoulder, murmur that you are a dear good fellow after all.
Those fine, sturdy John Bulls who "hate flattery, sir," "Never let anybody get over me by flattery," etc.
Miss Squeers knew as well in her heart of hearts that what the miserable serving-girl had said was sheer, coarse, lying flattery
, as did the girl herself; yet the mere opportunity of venting a little ill-nature against the offending Miss Price, and affecting to compassionate her weaknesses and foibles, though only in the presence of a solitary dependant, was almost as great a relief to her spleen as if the whole had been gospel truth.
A woman's vanity is so immeasurable that, after having had ninety-nine object-lessons in the difference between promise and performance and the emptiness of pretty speeches, the beginning of the hundredth will find her lending the same willing and enchanted ear to the eloquence of flattery
as she did on the occasion of the first.
Nothing in the world is harder than speaking the truth and nothing easier than flattery
Pietro Carmeliano sought the patronage of three successive kings during the tumultuous years 1482-1486, learning by trial and error to incorporate in his works the humanist propaganda and flattery
that would finally appear in opportune proportions in his poem on the birth of Prince Arthur.
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After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery
are the executive producers and Paul Flattery
is the producer of the TV special.
A BBC spokesman said: "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery
, but Top Gear remains the brand leader.
Imitation is the best form of flattery
and I can just see the rest of Europe dying to get its hands on our gangland violence, traffic jams, A& queues, amazing cancer screening system and vomit-strewn streets on Sunday.
There is one form of flattery
that Bass appreciates, though.
For the designer, the opportunity to bring to life what Vanessa visualized struck a much deeper chord with him than the simple flattery
of the gesture.
IMITATION is the sincerest form of flattery
and Charlie Haughey must be laughing in his grave.