An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Exaggeration is a blood relation to falsehood and nearly as blamable.


Hosea Ballou (1771-1852, American theologian, founder of "Universalism")


An element of exaggeration clings to the popular judgment: great vices are made greater, great virtues greater also; interesting incidents are made more interesting, softer legends more soft.


Walter Bagehot (1826-1977, British economist, critic)


He's the type who makes mountains out of molehills and then sells climbing equipment.


Ivern Ball


We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never as bad off or as happy as we say we are.


Honore De Balzac (1799-1850, French novelist)


I don't want to tell you how much insurance I carry with the Prudential, but all I can say is, when I go, they go, too.


Jack Benny (1894-1974, American comedian)


There are some people so addicted to exaggeration that they can't tell the truth without lying.


Josh Billings (1815-1885, American humorist, lecturer)


Danger lies in the writer becoming the victim of his own exaggeration, losing the exact notion of sincerity, and in the end coming to despise truth itself as something too cold, too blunt for his purpose -- as, in fact, not good enough for his insistent e


Joseph Conrad (1857-1924, Polish-born British novelist)


There is no one who does not exaggerate!


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


'Tis a rule of manners to avoid exaggeration.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


An exaggeration is a truth that has lost its temper.


Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931, Lebanese poet, novelist)


To exaggerate is to weaken.


Jean-Francois De La Harpe


We always weaken whatever we exaggerate.


Jean-Francois De La Harpe


Eschew the monumental.  Shun the epic. All the guys who can paint great big pictures can paint great small ones.


Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961, American writer)


Thought is a process of exaggeration. The refusal to exaggerate is not infrequently an alibi for the disinclination to think or praise.


Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American author, philosopher)


Who breaks a butterfly on a wheel?


Alexander Pope (1688-1744, British poet, critic, translator)


Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everybody else.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


Pretense is the overrating of any kind of knowledge we pretend to.


Jonathan Swift (1667-1745, Anglo-Irish satirist)


Imagine being in a room with two TV sets. One is a large screen TV with surround sound. The other is a miniature 1 screen TV. What would you tend to focus on and become absorbed in? Some people make their problems the size of the large screen TV and their personal goals the size of the miniature one. It is important to mentally minimize the problems and the cant's and maximize the goals and the cans.


Author Unknown


Exaggeration is the inseparable companion of greatness.


Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694-1778, French historian, writer)


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