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Quotations about Exaggeration

Some folks never exaggerate — they just remember big. ~Author unknown

An exaggeration is a truth that has lost its temper. ~Khalil Gibran

Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught. ~Author unknown

Exaggeration is merely a flight of poetic fancy. ~L. M. Montgomery, Anne of the Island, 1915

Oh, you take me literally; and if you always do that you will certainly find that I don't square with fact. ~Rosa Murray-Prior Praed (1851–1935), Christina Chard, 1894

Exaggeration is to paint a snake and add legs. ~Proverb

There are people so addicted to exaggeration that they actually can't tell the truth without lying. ~Henry Wheeler Shaw (1818–1885), quoted in H. Montague, Wit and Wisdom of Josh Billings, 1913

Man is inclined to exaggerate almost everything — except his own mistakes. ~Author unknown

Exaggeration is a blood relation to falsehood, and nearly as blamable. ~Hosea Ballou (1771–1852), quoted in Day's Collacon, 1884

Et cetera, et cetera! The theme is inexhaustible. I have dealt with it here one-sidedly, from but one of its aspects, exaggerating it. But to think to speak, is always to exaggerate. By speaking, by thinking, we undertake to clarify things, and that forces us to exacerbate them, dislocate them, schematize them. Every concept is in itself an exaggeration. ~José Ortega y Gasset, "In Search of Goethe from Within," 1949

All passions exaggerate; and they are passions only because they do exaggerate. ~Sébastien-Roch Nicolas Chamfort

There is no one who does not exaggerate. In conversation, men are encumbered with personality, and talk too much. In modern sculpture, picture, and poetry, the beauty is miscellaneous; the artist works here and there, and at all points, adding and adding, instead of unfolding the unit of his thought. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The child trained in exaggeration generally graduates into an adult liar. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1904, George Horace Lorimer, editor

'T is a rule of manners to avoid exaggeration. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Stop telling such outlandish tales.
Stop turning minnows into whales.
~Dr. Seuss, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, 1937

It is impossible to exaggerate trifles without belittling great things. ~Charles Searle, Look Here!, 1885

What makes us discontented with our condition is the absurdly exaggerated idea we have of the happiness of others. ~French proverb

Some so speak in exaggerations and superlatives, that we need to make a large discount from their statements, before we can come at their real meaning. ~Tryon Edwards, The World's Laconics, 1853

Alcohol is perfectly consistent in its effects upon man. Drunkenness is merely an exaggeration. A foolish man drunk becomes maudlin; a bloody man, vicious; a coarse man, vulgar. ~Willa Cather

Sometimes in life we blow things out of proportion because proportion is so dull. ~Robert Brault,

Every vice is only an exaggeration of a necessary & virtuous function. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Exaggeration is in the course of things. Nature sends no creature, no man into the world, without adding a small excess of his proper quality. Given the planet, it is still necessary to add the impulse; so, to every creature nature added a little violence of direction in its proper path, a shove to put it on its way; in every instance, a slight generosity, a drop too much. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Exaggeration! was ever any virtue attributed to a man without exaggeration? Do we not exaggerate ourselves to ourselves...? We live by exaggeration. What else is it to anticipate more than we enjoy? The lightning is an exaggeration of the light. Exaggerated history is poetry, and truth referred to a new standard. To a small man every greater is an exaggeration. ~Henry David Thoreau

It is very likely that Solomon was rich and learned for his time and people. Exaggeration, the inseparable companion of greatness, attributes riches to him which he could not have possessed, and books which he could not have written. Respect for antiquity has since consecrated these errors. ~Voltaire, translated by William F. Fleming

We aim above the mark, to hit the mark. Every act hath some falsehood of exaggeration in it. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

How many may a man of diffusive conversation count among his acquaintances, whose lives have been signalized by numberless escapes; who never cross the river but in a storm, or take a journey into the country without more adventures than befel the knights-errant of ancient times in pathless forests or enchanted castles! How many must he know, to whom portents and prodigies are of daily occurrence; and for whom nature is hourly working wonders invisible to every other eye, only to supply them with subjects of conversation. ~Samuel Johnson

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