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The Best Compliment for Every Zodiac Sign

Find the perfect way to flatter the zodiac signs in your life. This is what you need to say to get on the good side of friends and family.

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Aries (March 21-April 19)

“I look up to you.” Caleb Backe, Health and Wellness Expert for Maple Holistics says, “Aries are strong-willed, brave and competitive. They possess heroic qualities.” This is why being the role model figure for others is so important to Aries. People of this zodiac sign love to know that they are influential and love having their status as pack alpha validated.

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Taurus (April 20-May 20)

“I know I can always trust you.” “Taurus is honest and dependable,” Backe says. That is why if you really want to compliment the nature of a Taurus, let them know how much you appreciate that they have your back. If you are looking to dish out a more superficial compliment, say something along the lines of, “You’re always so well put together.” People of this zodiac sign love and take pride in material comforts.

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Gemini (May 21-June 20)

“Being with you is always exciting.” Gemini is always changing and always on the move. “They need to constantly be intellectually stimulated and doing something,” Backe explains. These people always want life to be exciting and filled with wonder, so knowing they embody those characteristics themselves will make them feel accomplished. The worst thing you can ever tell a Gemini is that they’re boring. Find out what your sign’s biggest career strength is.

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Cancer (June 21–July 22)

“I’m at my most comfortable around you.” Cancers take pride in home and family life. They strive to make their loved ones feel safe and secure. “If you are born under the zodiac of Cancer,” Backe says, “it is very likely that you are nurturing [and] sensitive.” All Cancers want to know is that their personality traits are appreciated and that they’re making the lives of the people they care about better.

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Leo (July 23–August 22)

“I admire your confidence.” Many of us lack the confidence we need, while some people have a little too much. Leos are great at emitting confidence without coming across as arrogant. “They are independent, strong-willed and good leaders,” Backe explains. They are charismatic and they want that to be acknowledged.

The Best Compliment For Every Zodiac Sign
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Virgo (August 23-September 22)

“You’re so good at reading people.” There are many ways to compliment a Virgo because they want to be great at everything. (Tip: They love hearing the word “perfect.”) But while Virgos may be skilled at a great many things, it is their keen sense of observation and analysis that is at the center of it all. “They are meticulous and neat and tidy,” Backe says. He also notes that “Virgos are generally good with languages.” Combine a detail-oriented nature with a way with words and the result is someone who is very adept at knowing what other people are thinking and feeling. Is Virgo your zodiac sign’s best friend? Find out!

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Libra (September 23–October 22)

“You make me want to be a better person.” In Western astrology, Libras are known as the great mediators. They stand for balance and justice and tend to have the best answer to virtually any problem. “Libras are charming,” Backe assesses. “They love working with people and are socially adept.” All a Libra wants to know is that their kindness is appreciated and that they are able to help the people around them.

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Scorpio (October 23–November 21)

“Your personality is magnetic.” Scorpios are described by Backe ascurious and mysterious.” There is no zodiac sign as enticing as this one. There is something unknowable about Scorpio—which is what makes interacting with one so intriguing. They want to know that they are successful in drawing people in. Learn the best way for a Scorpio—and all the signs—to de-stress.

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Sagittarius (November 22–December 21)

“You always know how to have a good time.” Sagittarius is extremely popular amongst the other signs. Most people are naturally attracted to their fun-loving, gentle disposition. “They are sociable, spiritual, ethical, and philosophical,” Backe evaluates. They love to find new ways to entertain themselves and their friends, and they don’t mind being the center of attention, either.

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Capricorn (December 22-January 19)

“I can always count on you for a job well done.” “Capricorns are ambitious and determined,” Backe says. “They like being on schedule.” For these reasons, if you want a job done right, get a Capricorn to do it. People of this sign work as hard as they can to be recognized as top dog. For a Capricorn, their professional life is their personal life. All they want is a pat on the back. Learn the best way to make more money based on your zodiac sign.

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Aquarius (January 20–February 18)

“There is no one quite like you.” This phrase is as much a fact as it is a compliment.Aquarians are pioneers,” Backe says. “They think out of the box and love their freedom.” Every Aquarius has their own way of looking at and interacting with the world. This leads them to sometimes feel misunderstood, which is why having someone tell them their individuality is admirable is a great comfort.

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Pisces (February 19–March 20)

“You always know exactly what to say.” Pisces is the most emotional of the zodiac signs. “They are compassionate, creative and intuitive,” Backe says. “They make good therapists, artists, psychologists, and nurses,” he adds. A Pisces will be the best listener that you know—and the best at giving advice. They are emotionally doting simply because that is their nature, but they still like to know that their kind heart is well-received.

Taylor Markarian
Taylor Markarian is a regular contributor to RD.com covering culture, advice, travel, pets and all things weird and haunted. She is the author of "From the Basement: A History of Emo Music and How It Changed Society," which analyzes the evolution of punk and mental health. She holds a B.A. in Writing, Literature and Publishing from Emerson College.