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





To generalize is to be an idiot. To particularize is the alone distinction of merit. General knowledge are those knowledge that idiots possess.


William Blake (1757-1827, British poet, painter)


An idea is always a generalization, and generalization is a property of thinking. To generalize means to think.


Georg Hegel (1770-1831, German philosopher)


We are more prone to generalize the bad than the good. We assume that the bad is more potent and contagious.


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


A sweeping statement is the only statement worth listening to. The critic without faith gives balanced opinions, usually about second-rate writers.


Patrick Kavanagh (1905-1967, Irish poet, author)


Generalization is necessary to the advancement of knowledge; but particularly is indispensable to the creations of the imagination. In proportion as men know more and think more they look less at individuals and more at classes. They therefore make better theories and worse poems.


Thomas B. Macaulay (1800-1859, American essayist and historian)


Obvious enough that generalities work to protect the mind from the great outdoors; is it possible that this was in fact their first purpose?


Howard Nemerov (1920-1991, American poet)


Any general statement is like a check drawn on a bank. Its value depends on what is there to meet it.


Ezra Pound (1885-1972, American poet, critic)


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