About Flattery

“You know that you are right, well, and hold your ground (…). In the act of (non-adulatory) protest is the whole salt of life, friend.”
Letter of Anton Chekhov to his brother Alexandr (Moscow, February 20, 1883)

It is sad that we observe toading of inferiors to the bosses, or slimy toading of government officials to sharp operators; the entire mankind is permeated with the net of false flatterers and flattering.

 

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