Monday, June 20, 2011

Fall not to flattery

Never mix with someone who says something, but thinks opposite, goes a saying.
I was chatting with a person when he resorted to malicious gossip against a common friend. The person he was talking about appeared at the door. The guy instantly changed his tune and said: “I was all praise for you just now.” He had the audacity to ask me, “Did I not?” I ran to the rest room looking for a way to escape telling a lie.
There is a similar story: A man, hoping to get expensive gifts, showered praise on a king for 10 days. “No one can match your kind heart,” he went on. On the 10th day, he was given a flower and told to leave.
He looked shocked, but laughed instantly. Asked for the reason, he replied, “I would have wasted another 20 days praising this stupid king. Also, whatever I said about him was a lie. So it is OK I go
without gifts.”
Hank Ketcham rightly said: Flattery is like chewing gum. Enjoy it, don't swallow it.

28 comments:

  1. Oh yes, i too have met such people many times! Rightly said, must AVOID such people.

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  2. :) Can imagine your plight at the situtaion when your friend asked you : "Did I not ??". Lot a times we come across such people who turn their plates to have things go in their favor. I call them cowards and failures in life.

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  3. Right , right....a nice message dear Ramesh

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  4. Very true indeed. :D Hows you? And please do drop by my blog IRE. Written something... I would like your comments.

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  5. yet again a perfect message

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  6. I don't know why people get so much pleasure in gossiping about others.

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  7. a fine piece of advice from a very fine gentleman :)

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  8. hii

    amazing post!

    i agree :)

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  9. these kind of people always exist around us n spread rumors...

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  10. lots of such characters u get to meet as u walk in life worse when u are forced to be a party to it.i certainly could do without them in my life.

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  11. As always an amazing post. Food for thoughts.

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  12. Completely agree .Thanks for the interesting story.

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  13. 'Flattery is like chewing gum. Enjoy it, don't swallow it.' - Very true, Ramesh!

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  14. Hahah. Good one.

    (I was/am sick so not able to spend too much time on computer)

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  15. Thoughtful ones Rameshji..

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  16. Good one. Truly, one is susceptible to flattery and would do well to follow your advice.

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  17. Better late than never :) Yeah we all want to hear good about us isnt it? :P

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  18. Flattery never pays elsewhere but the corporate world and politics. Enjoyable.

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  19. I LOVE that quote. I have to get it inscribed somewhere. Nice reminder it makes for. :)

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  20. Rightly said, one should avoid such people at all costs.

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  21. This is what i call ---Look here ans see there

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  22. very well said..
    chewing gum...lol

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  23. I too agree. Can't endure such people.

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