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She began to think, too, that Sir Mulberry was not quite so agreeable a creature as she had at first supposed him; for, although a skilful flatterer is a most delightful companion if you can keep him all to yourself, his taste becomes very doubtful when he takes to complimenting other people.
It is no flatterer, it is no follower; it never appeals from itself.
It's more flatterer than it might be,' George returned, 'but it an't so bad for all that.
In order to punish him for a preference which seemed to interfere with his own suit, Athelstane, confident of his strength, and to whom his flatterers, at least, ascribed great skill in arms, had determined not only to deprive the Disinherited Knight of his powerful succour, but, if an opportunity should occur, to make him feel the weight of his battle-axe.
Because there is no other way of guarding oneself from flatterers except letting men understand that to tell you the truth does not offend you; but when every one may tell you the truth, respect for you abates.
He who does otherwise is either overthrown by flatterers, or is so often changed by varying opinions that he falls into contempt.
Can you guess how he will be likely to behave towards his flatterers and his supposed parents, first of all during the period when he is ignorant of the false relation, and then again when he knows?
This being indeed the means which they use to recompense to themselves their extreme servility and condescension to their superiors; for nothing can be more reasonable, than that slaves and flatterers should exact the same taxes on all below them, which they themselves pay to all above them.
Flatterers are they, and whimperers, and nothing more.
I may tap you on the head to-morrow, and away go pleasure and honours, feasts and beauty, friends, flatterers, French cooks, fine horses and houses--in exchange for a prison, a keeper, and a straw mattress like George Gaunt's.
Best of all, though, he's a flatterer - he came here, he said, because the people love their football in Liverpool - and what woman doesn't fall for that?
Without an on-stage audience, a rhetorical outpouring of emotion falls on deaf ears and it is fitting that the flatterer Demeas labels Timon "easily the Prince of Rhetorick" (Bullough 1966: 337).