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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.

Author: Walter Bagehot (1826-1877)

Profession: British Economist, Critic

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

Author: Ivern Ball

Profession:

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

Author: Hosea Ballou (1771-1852)

Profession: American Theologian, Founder of ''Universalism''

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

Author: Honore De Balzac (1799-1850)

Profession: 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.

Author: Jack Benny (1894-1974)

Profession: American Comedian

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

Author: Josh Billings (1815-1885)

Profession: American Humorist, Lecturer

It is only a short step from exaggerating what we can find in the world to exaggerating our power to remake the world. Expecting more novelty than there is, more greatness than there is, and more strangeness than there is, we imagine ourselves masters of a plastic universe. But a world we can shape to our will is a shapeless world.

Author: Daniel J. Boorstin (1914)

Profession: American Historian

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 emotion. From laughter and tears the descent is easy to sniveling and giggles.

Author: Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Profession: Polish-born British Novelist

There is no one who does not exaggerate!

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

'Tis a rule of manners to avoid exaggeration.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

An exaggeration is a truth that has lost its temper.

Author: Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)

Profession: Lebanese Poet, Novelist

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

Author: Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961)

Profession: American Writer

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

Author: Eric Hoffer (1902-1983)

Profession: American Author, Philosopher

It is the essence of truth that it is never excessive. Why should it exaggerate? There is that which should be destroyed and that which should be simply illuminated and studied. How great is the force of benevolent and searching examination! We must not resort to the flame where only light is required.

Author: Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

Profession: French Poet, Dramatist, Novelist

We always weaken everything we exaggerate.

Author: La Harpe

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