If the days were filled with flattery, the nights were filled with emptiness.
In the face of such flattery, how could I resist?
Whatever part vanity or the flattery of courtiers may have played with others, or with Alexander, it is significant that the dynasties of Alexander's various successors all claim divine honours of some sort (see Ptolemies, Seleucid Dynasty, &c.).
All the vices - perfidy, avarice, debauchery, ambition, flattery - fought within him for the mastery.
Innocent was genial, skilled in flattery, and popular with the Romans, but he lacked talent and relied on the stronger will of Cardinal della Rovere, afterwards Julius II.