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





The barrenest of all mortals is the sentimentalist.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


Society is infested by persons who, seeing that the sentiments please, counterfeit the expression of them. These we call sentimentalists -- talkers who mistake the description for the thing, saying for having.


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


Sentimentality -- that's what we call the sentiment we don't share.


Graham Greene (1904-1991, British novelist)


The world makes up for all its follies and injustices by being damnably sentimental.


Thomas H. Huxley (1825-1895, British biologist, educator)


Sentiment is the poetry of the imagination.


Alphonse De Lamartine (1790-1869, French poet, statesman, historian)


He who molds the public sentiment... makes statues and decisions possible or impossible to make.


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


Sentiment is intellectualized emotion; emotion precipitated, as it were, in pretty crystals by the fancy.


James Russell Lowell (1819-1891, American poet, critic, editor)


Sentimentality is the only sentiment that rubs you the wrong way.


W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965, British novelist, playwright)


A sentimentalist is simply one who desires to have the luxury of an emotion without paying for it.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


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