flattery will get you nowhere

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used to say that praise or flattery will not persuade someone to do what is wanted often used as a joking response to a flattering comment "I'm quite ravenous a good majority of the time, and you cook really, really well. … " "Flattery will get you nowhere," I grinned, thrilled with the compliment.— Jennifer DeLucy

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