Flattery, a pencil and watercolor sketch by Juan Gris, 1908
"The aim of flattery is to soothe and encourage us by assuring us of the truth of an opinion we have already formed about ourselves."
– Edith Sitwell (1887 – 1964) was a British poet and critic.
She also said, in The Autobiography of Edith Sitwell (1965):
"The public will believe anything, so long as it is not founded on truth."