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In short, he so blended the warlike with the artful, the obvious with the obscure, as to flatter the propensities of both parties, and to leave to each subject of hope, while neither could say it clearly comprehended his intentions.
This has been my motive, my fair cousin, and I flatter myself it will not sink me in your esteem.
You must give me leave to flatter myself, my dear cousin, that your refusal of my addresses is merely words of course.
It was creditable to have a sister married, and she might flatter herself with having been greatly instrumental to the connexion, by keeping Anne with her in the autumn; and as her own sister must be better than her husband's sisters, it was very agreeable that Captain Wentworth should be a richer man than either Captain Benwick or Charles Hayter.
They had their great cousins, to be sure, to resort to for comfort; but they must long feel that to flatter and follow others, without being flattered and followed in turn, is but a state of half enjoyment.
Your restoration to peace will, I doubt not, speedily follow this act of filial obedience, and I flatter myself with the hope of surviving my share in this disappointment.
If you want to win affection and respect in this world, you must flatter people.
Flatter them enough upon their absence of vanity, and you can do what you like with them.
The demagogues are of two sorts; one who flatter the few when they are in power: for even these have their demagogues; such was Charicles at Athens, who had great influence over the thirty; and, in the same manner, Phrynichus over the four hundred.
There's a difference, certainly, between your whelps and mine, but I venture to flatter myself that it is not due altogether to the mothers.
I never see a man lay flatter nor more still--with the life in him--than you did to-day.
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