Thursday, 8 August 2013


There is no effect more disproportionate to its cause than the happiness bestowed by a small compliment.  ~Robert Brault,
Some folks pay a compliment like they went down in their pocket for it.  ~Kin Hubbard

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

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

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

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

I can live for two months on a good compliment.  ~Mark Twain

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

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

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

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

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

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

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