Quote of the Day

“I recommend to you, in my last, an innocent piece of art: that of flattering people behind their backs, in presence of those who, to make their own court, much more than for your sake, will not fail to repeat, and even amplify, the praise to the party concerned. This is of all flattery the most pleasing, and consequently the most effectual.” — Philip Stanhope

I recommend to you, in my last, an innocent piece of art: that of flattering people behind their backs, in presence of those who, to make their own court, much more than for your sake, will not fail to repeat, and even amplify, the praise to the party concerned. This is of all flattery the most pleasing, and consequently the most effectual.

“I recommend to you, in my last, an innocent piece of art: that of flattering people behind their backs, in presence of those who, to make their own court, much more than for your sake, will not fail to repeat, and even amplify, the praise to the party concerned. This is of all flattery the most pleasing, and consequently the most effectual.” — Philip Stanhope, Letters To His Son, 22 May 1749

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I wish that I may never think the smiles of the great and powerful a sufficient inducement to turn aside from the straight path of honesty and the convictions of my own mind.

“I wish that I may never think the smiles of the great and powerful a sufficient inducement to turn aside from the straight path of honesty and the convictions of my own mind.” — David RicardoThe Works and Correspondence of David Ricardo, Vol. VII

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'I hate my enemy with a hate as bitter as the hate he bears me, and I would do that to him that would for all time weaken both him and his power against me,' muttered the man. 'That is easy,' whispered Revenge in the man's ear. 'Flatter him extravagantly for the qualities he knows he doesn't possess.'

“’I hate my enemy with a hate as bitter as the hate he bears me, and I would do that to him that would for all time weaken both him and his power against me,’ muttered the man.

‘That is easy,’ whispered Revenge in the man’s ear. ‘Flatter him extravagantly for the qualities he knows he doesn’t possess.’” — George Jean NathanA Book Without A Title