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1. "Envy Is Behind Flattery."
Author: Abraham Verghese
2. "I'm always flattered and honored when people cover my music or sing my songs, no matter where it is."
Author: Amos Lee
3. "It does good to no woman to be flattered [by a man] who does not intend to marry her; and it is madness in all women to let a secret love kindle within them, which, if unreturned and unknown, must devour the life that feeds it; and, if discovered and responded to, must lead, ignis-fatuus-like, into miry wilds whence there is no extrication."
Author: Charlotte Brontë
4. "And why does England thus persecute the votaries of her science? Why does she depress them to the level of her hewers of wood and her drawers of water? Is it because science flatters no courtier, mingles in no political strife? ... Can we behold unmoved the science of England, the vital principle of her arts, struggling for existence, the meek and unarmed victim of political strife?[Reviewing Charles Babbage's Book, Reflections on the Decline of Science in England (1830)]"
Author: David Brewster
5. "Clemens, Seaver, Gibson, Maddux - I just don't see myself in that category. I'm flattered that maybe it's debatable at this point."
Author: David Cone
6. "Can't you just keep your big mouth shut?" Brian said furiously to Nan. He pointed to Chrestomanci. "How do we know he's safe? For all we know, he could be the devil that you summoned up!""Oh, you flatter me, Brian," Chrestomanci said."
Author: Diana Wynne Jones
7. "A fool flatters himself, a wise man flatters the fool."
Author: Edward G. Bulwer Lytton
8. "I once had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall."
Author: Eleanor Roosevelt
9. "Imitation is not just the sincerest form of flattery - it's the sincerest form of learning."
Author: George Bernard Shaw
10. "Flatterers look like friends, as wolves like dogs."
Author: George Chapman
11. "All the president is, is a glorified public relations man who spends his time flattering, kissing, and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway."
Author: Harry S. Truman
12. "It has made me better loving you... it has made me wiser, and easier, and brighter. I used to want a great many things before, and to be angry that I did not have them. Theoretically, I was satisfied. I flattered myself that I had limited my wants. But I was subject to irritation; I used to have morbid sterile hateful fits of hunger, of desire. Now I really am satisfied, because I can't think of anything better. It's just as when one has been trying to spell out a book in the twilight, and suddenly the lamp comes in. I had been putting out my eyes over the book of life, and finding nothing to reward me for my pains; but now that I can read it properly I see that it's a delightful story."
Author: Henry James
13. "To enjoy bodily warmth, some small part of you must be cold, for there is no quality in this world that is not what it is merely by contrast. Nothing exists in itself. If you flatter yourself that you are all over comfortable, and have been so a long time, then you cannot be said to be comfortable any more. For this reason a sleeping apartment should never be furnished with a fire, which is one of the luxurious discomforts of the rich. For the height of this sort of deliciousness is to have nothing but the blanket between you and your snugness and the cold of the outer air. Then there you lie like the one warm spark in the heart of an arctic crystal."
Author: Herman Melville
14. "MAN: Kick him-he'll forgive you. Flatter him-he may or may not see through you. But ignore him and he'll hate you"
Author: Idries Shah
15. "It's my uniform. Everyone in my company wears it.""It's hideous."Rose felt her hackles rise. The neon green uniform was hideous, butshe didn't appreciate him pointing it out. She opened her mouth."Yet despite it, you look lovely," he said."Flattery will get you nowhere," she told him."It's not flattery," he said coldly. "Flattery requires exaggeration.I'm merely stating a fact. You're a beautiful woman wearing an uglysack of unnatural color."
Author: Ilona Andrews
16. "Being attractive, it's not something I do consciously. It's incredibly flattering that people think I appeal to women. But that was a gift from my parents."
Author: Ioan Gruffudd
17. "It's flattering to be compared in any way to Tiger Woods, because he's the best player in the world."
Author: Ivan Lendl
18. "Mathematicians may flatter themselves that they possess new ideas which mere human language is as yet unable to express."
Author: James C. Maxwell
19. "My name's Travis. Travis Maddox." I rolled my eyes. "I know who you are." "You do, huh?" Travis said, raising his wounded eyebrow. "Don't flatter yourself. It's hard not to notice when fifty drunks are chanting your name. " Travis sat up a bit taller. "I get that a lot." I rolled my eyes again, and Travis chuckled. "Do you have a twitch?" "A what?" "A twitch. Your eyes keep wiggling around." He laughed again when I glared at him. "Those are some amazing eyes though," he said, leaning just inches from my face."
Author: Jamie McGuire
20. "To such perseverance in willful self-deception Elizabeth would make no reply, and immediately and in silence withdrew; determined, that if he persisted in considering her repeated refusals as flattering encouragement, to apply to her father, whose negative might be uttered in such a manner as must be decisive, and whose behavior at least could not be mistaken for the affectation and coquetry of an elegant female."
Author: Jane Austen
21. "Elinor saw, and pitied her for, the neglect of abilities which education might have rendered so respectable; but she saw, with less tenderness of feeling, the thorough want of delicacy, of rectitude, and integrity of mind, which her attentions, her assiduities, her flatteries at the Park betrayed; and she could have no lasting satisfaction in the company of a person who joined insincerity with ignorance; whose want of instruction prevented their meeting in conversation on terms of equality, and whose conduct toward others made every shew of attention and deference towards herself perfectly valueless."
Author: Jane Austen
22. "In times of flattery, the only sin is sincerity."
Author: Jarod Kintz
23. "When in doubt, flatter the ego."
Author: Jessica Clare
24. "Finding The Man. Keeping The Man. Not scaring The Man, building up The Man, following The Man, soothing The Man, flattering The Man, deferring to The Man, changing your judgement for The Man, changing your decisions for The Man, polishing floors for The Man, being perpetually conscious of your appearance for The Man, being romantic for The Man, hinting to The Man, losing yourself in The Man. 'I never had a thought that wasn't yours.' Sob, sob. Whenever I act like a human being, they say, 'What are you getting upset about?' They say: of course you'll get married. They say: of course you're brilliant. They say: of course you'll get a PhD and then sacrifice it to have babies. They say: if you don't, you're the one who'll have two jobs and you can make a go of it if you're exceptional, which very few women are, and if you find a very understanding man. As long as you don't make more money than he does. How do they expect me to live all this junk?"
Author: Joanna Russ
25. "Action is consolatory. It is the enemy of thought and the friend of flattering illusions."
Author: Joseph Conrad
26. "Nonetheless, I can't help but be flattered that you noticed the latest addition to my collection," he said.She rolled her eyes. "Because personal injuries are such a dignified thing to collect.""Are all governesses so sarcastic?"
Author: Julia Quinn
27. "The scoreline is a bit flattering really."
Author: Kenny Dalglish
28. "If the story is unflattering and the feeling is anger, adrenaline kicks in. Under the influence of adrenaline, blood leaves our brains to help support our genetically engineered response of "fight or flight," and we end up thinking with the brain of a reptile. We say and do dim-witted things."
Author: Kerry Patterson
29. "It appeared to the Elders that the people here would believe anything about themselves, no matter how preposterous, as long as it was flattering. To make sure of this, they performed an experiment. They put the idea into Earthlings' heads that the whole Universe had been created by one big animal who looked just like them. He sat on a throne with a lot of less fancy thrones all around him. When people died they got to sit on those other thrones forever because they were such close relatives of the Creator.The people down here just ate that up!"
Author: Kurt Vonnegut
30. "Although no one ever seemed to look long enough at Evie to really notice her, she was actually quite beautiful—perhaps even more so than Annabelle—but in a completely unconventional way. She was freckled and red-haired, with large, round blue eyes and a mobile, full-lipped mouth that was utterly out of fashion. Her well-endowed figure was breathtaking, though the excessively modest gowns she was compelled to wear were distinctly unflattering. Moreover, her slump-shouldered posture did little to advertise her attractions."
Author: Lisa Kleypas
31. "She eyed his gorgeous body, and raised a brow. "Doing a little flaunting of your own this morning, huh?" "In deference to your delicate sensibilities, I pulled on jeans. Isn't that enough?"Enough for what, her peace of mind? Ha. Being around Trace, especially with him like this, half-naked, sent her heart racing like a marathon runner's. "Maybe it would be," Priss admitted, "if you don't look so good."The compliment sent his right eyebrow arching high."Oh, come on, Trace. You know what you look like." She visually devoured him again, more blatantly this time, and noticed a rise behind the fly of his jeans. For her?Well-well-well. Flattering."
Author: Lori Foster
32. "My own sex, I hope, will excuse me, if I treat them like rational creatures, instead of flattering their fascinating graces, and viewing them as if they were in a state of perpetual childhood, unable to stand alone."
Author: Mary Wollstonecraft
33. "Your writing voice is the deepest possible reflection of who you are. The job of your voice is not to seduce or flatter or make well-shaped sentences. In your voice, your readers should be able to hear the contents of your mind, your heart, your soul."
Author: Meg Rosoff
34. "You will get the most attention from those who hate you. No friend, no admirer and no partner will flatter you with as much curiosity."
Author: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
35. "Gossip is what you say about the objects of flattery when they aren't present."
Author: P. J. O'Rourke
36. "Confining marine animals to tanks and separating them from their families and their natural surroundings, just so people can watch them swim in endless circles, teaches us far more about humans than it does about animals - and the lesson is not a flattering one."
Author: Pamela Anderson
37. "Before I began research for this book I was not consciously aware that women were aggressive in indirect ways, that they gossiped and ostracized each other incessantly, and did not acknowledge their own envious and competitive feelings. I now understand that, in order to survive as a woman, among women, one must speak carefully, cautiously, neutrally, indirectly; one must pay careful attention to what more socially powerful women have to say before one speaks; one must learn how to flatter, manipulate, aree with, and appease them. And, if one is hurt or offended by another woman, one does not say so outright; one expresses it indirectly, by turning others against her.Of course, I refuse to learn these "girlish" lessons."
Author: Phyllis Chesler
38. "The fool within himself is the object of pity, until he is flattered."
Author: Richard Steele
39. "Eena had thought the whole idea of his picture was absolutely wonderful and had asked Willum what kind of animal she might be. He'd responded after only a moment of thought. "I think you'd be a crioness." "Why is that?" "Because they can fly." "Why would that remind you of me?" She'd been unable to guess his reasoning. "Because few animals can fly. You can do things others can't do. Like flying. It's magic." "Oh. How very clever." The comparison had left her both impressed and flattered."
Author: Richelle E. Goodrich
40. "See, I know this game. You flatter me, make me laugh and feel good about myself. Then the next thing I know you're walking out the door with your pockets stuffed with my money, telling the world what an asshole I am. Let's just skip straight to the end where you get out of my house and tell everyone I'm a dick. Yeah, that works for me. (Aiden)"
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
41. "We just didn't get it. We were weakened and exhilarated at the same time. A paranoiac's nightmare! A narcissist's dream! We didn't know how to feel: flattered or raped. Maybe both. We were puzzling at breakneck speed."
Author: Steve Toltz
42. "This is my first . . . ah . . ." "Haunting?" he offered. I snorted. "Yes, this is my first haunting." "Then I'm flattered."
Author: Tara Hudson
43. "Once again our cricketers have flattered to deceive in Australia."
Author: Ted Dexter
44. "Better not flatter if you ain't sincere."
Author: Toba Beta
45. "Am I the only person in the world who is shocked and amazed at the ongoing flattery of uebergeek Mark Zuckerberg?"
Author: Tom Hodgkinson
46. "On bad days I talk to Death constantly, not about suicide because honestly that's not dramatic enough. Most of us love the stage and suicide is definitely your last performance and being addicted to the stage, suicide was never an option - plus people get to look you over and stare at your fatty bits and you can't cross your legs to give that flattering thigh angle and that's depressing. So we talk. She says things no one else seems to come up with, like let's have a hotdog and then it's like nothing's impossible.She told me once there is a part of her in everyone, though Neil believes I'm more Delirium than Tori, and Death taught me to accept that, you know, wear your butterflies with pride. And when I do accept that, I know Death is somewhere inside of me. She was the kind of girl all the girls wanted to be, I believe, because of her acceptance of "what is." She keeps reminding me there is change in the "what is" but change cannot be made till you accept the "what is."
Author: Tori Amos
47. "Orlando curtseyed; she complied; she flattered the good man's humours as she would not have done had his neat breeches been a woman's skirts, and his braided coat a woman's satin bodice. Thus, there is much to support the view that it is clothes that wear us and not we them' we may make them take the mould of arm or breast, but they mould our hearts, our brains, our tongues to their liking."
Author: Virginia Woolf
48. "You can always draw as well as you know how to. I flatter myself that I feel more than I express on canvas; but I know that is not so."
Author: William Morris Hunt
49. "I do I know not what, and fear to findMine eye too great a flatterer for my mind.Fate, show thy force. Ourselves we do not owe.What is decreed must be; and be this so."
Author: William Shakespeare
50. "Lay not that flattering unction to your soul, That not your trespass but my madness speaks."
Author: William Shakespeare

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