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He who says he hates every kind of flattery, and says it in earnest, certainly does not yet know every kind of flattery
We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter
Flattery is no more than what raises in a man's mind an idea of a preference which he has not
Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver; and adulation is not of more service to the people than to kings
Every flatterer lives at the expense of him who listens to him
The art of flatterers is to take advantage of the foibles of the great, to foster their errors, and never to give advice which may annoy
The most skillful flattery is to let a person talk on, and be a listener
What really flatters a man is that you think him worth flattering
Just praise is only a debt, but flattery is a present
Flattery is a kind of bad money, to which our vanity gives us currency
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
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