a friend's frown is better than a fool's smile
/ɐ fɹˈɛndz fɹˈaʊn ɪz bˈɛɾɚ ðˌænə fˈuːlz smˈaɪl/
used to suggest that honest feedback or reprimand, even if it may be initially unpleasant, holds more value and benefit than false or empty gestures
all are not friends that speak us fair
/ˈɔːl ɑːɹ nˌɑːt fɹˈɛndz ðæt spˈiːk ˌʌs fˈɛɹ/
used to imply that kind words or flattery from someone does not necessarily indicate true friendship
not fear the enemy that attacks you, but the fake friend that hugs you
/nˌɑːt fˈɪɹ ðɪ ˈɛnəmi ðæt ɐtˈæks juː bˌʌt ðə fˈeɪk fɹˈɛnd ðæt hˈʌɡz juː/
used to warn against the potential harm caused by those who pretend to be friends but have ulterior motives, as they can deceive and betray a person from within
false friends are much / far / way worse than open enemies
/fˈɑːls fɹˈɛndz ɑːɹ mˈʌtʃ ɔːɹ fˈɑːɹ ɔːɹ wˈeɪ wˈɜːs ðɐn ˈoʊpən ˈɛnəmɪz/
used to imply that it is more dangerous to have friends who pretend to be loyal while secretly betraying you than to have enemies who are open about their hostility towards you
fine words shall / will butter no parsnips
/fˈaɪn wˈɜːdz ʃˌæl ɔːɹ wɪl ɔːɹ bˈʌɾɚ nˈoʊ pˈɑːɹsnɪps/
used to emphasize that empty words or flattery are not sufficient to accomplish a task or reach a goal; rather, it is the action and effort that count
flattery, (much) like perfume, should / must / shall be smelled but / and not swallowed
/flˈæɾɚɹi mˈʌtʃ ɔːɹ lˈaɪk pˈɜːfjuːm ʃˌʊd ɔːɹ mˈʌst ɔːɹ ʃˌæl biː smˈɛld bˌʌt ɔːɹ ænd nˌɑːt swˈɑːloʊd/
used to advise that while flattering words may be pleasant to hear, one should not take them too seriously or believe them blindly
imitation is the sincerest form of flattery
/ˌɪmɪtˈeɪʃən ɪz ðə sɪnsˈiəɹəst fˈɔːɹm ʌv flˈæɾɚɹi/
used to suggest that copying or imitating someone else's behavior or style is a way of paying them a compliment or showing admiration for them
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