It is hard to resist a flatterer who gets it right.
The only reason flattery gets you nowhere is because you always leave something out.
We forgive a flatterer every sin but the sin of omission.
Flattery is a case of hating the sinner, loving the sin.
As much as a flatterer irritates, you can't help forgiving someone so obviously dedicated to the truth.
A skillful flatterer not only says all the right words but knows exactly which ones to put in bold italics.
-- Robert Brault