A sincere compliment is always grateful to a lady, so long as you don't
try to knock her down with it.
Arguments are unsafe with wives, because they examine them; but they
do not examine compliments. One can pass upon a wife a compliment that
is three-fourths base metal; she will not even bite it to see if it is
good; all she notices is the size of it, not the quality.
The happy phrasing of a compliment is one of the rarest of human gifts,
and the happy delivery of it another.
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