Exaggeration Quotes

[wpsm_quote author=”Albert Camus” float=”none” width=”100%”]You always get exaggerated notions about things you don’t know anything about.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Alice Meynell” float=”none” width=”100%”]But exaggeration establishes no good understanding between the reader and the author. It is a solemn appeal to our credulity, and we are right to resent it. It is the violence of a weakling hand—the worst manner of violence.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Arthur Schopenhauer” float=”none” width=”100%”]Exaggeration in every sense is as essential to newspaper writing as it is to the writing of plays: for the point is to make as much as possible of every occurrence.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Baltasar Gracian” float=”none” width=”100%”]Exaggeration is a branch of lying.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Baltasar Gracian” float=”none” width=”100%”]Exaggeration is a prodigality of the judgment which shows the narrowness of one’s knowledge or one’s taste.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Baltasar Gracian” float=”none” width=”100%”]Never exaggerate. It is a matter of great importance to forego superlatives, in part to avoid offending the truth, and in part to avoid cheapening your judgment. Exaggeration wastes distinction and testifies to the paucity of your understanding and taste.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Barbara Mertz” float=”none” width=”100%”]Exaggeration is the cheapest form of humor.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”C.S. Lewis” float=”none” width=”100%”]It is always the novice who exaggerates.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Cathy Burnham Martin” float=”none” width=”100%”]Adding more bull to bull yields bigger bull.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Chi Chi Rodriguez” float=”none” width=”100%”]I don’t exaggerate—I just remember big.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Daniel Starch” float=”none” width=”100%”]Examples of exaggeration can be found in almost any advertising medium. The use of the superlative is altogether too prevalent. ‘The finest,’ ‘the best,’ ‘the greatest,’ ‘the purest,’ ‘the most economical,’ and so on ad infinitum, are hurled at the public everywhere. Surely not all products of the same class can be the best or the finest.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Dr. Seuss” float=”none” width=”100%”]Stop telling such outlandish tales. Stop turning minnows into whales.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Drew Carey” float=”none” width=”100%”]Like I said, all comedy is based on exaggeration, big or small, whatever you can get away with.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Eliza Cook” float=”none” width=”100%”]Exaggeration misleads the credulous and offends the perceptive.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Eric Hoffer” float=”none” width=”100%”]Thought is a process of exaggeration. The refusal to exaggerate is not infrequently an alibi for the disinclination to think or praise.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Ernest Hemingway” float=”none” width=”100%”]Eschew the monumental. Shun the Epic. All the guys who can paint great big pictures can paint great small ones.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”François de la Rochefoucauld” float=”none” width=”100%”]When we exaggerate the tenderness of our friends towards us, it is often less from gratitude than from a desire to exhibit our own merit.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Frank Crane” float=”none” width=”100%”]Exaggeration is lying. It does not take long for the people in the community to get the habit of discounting twenty-five percent of all you say. If you continually overstate and vociferate you must keep on getting louder, until you soon become incoherent.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Friedrich Nietzsche” float=”none” width=”100%”]Poets and writers who are in love with the superlative all want to do more than they can.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Fyodor Dostoyevsky” float=”none” width=”100%”]I was always conscious of that weak point of mine, and sometimes very much afraid of it. I exaggerate everything, that is where I go wrong.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”G.K. Chesterton” float=”none” width=”100%”]All the exaggerations are right, if they exaggerate the right thing.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Gelett Burgess” float=”none” width=”100%”]The temptation to vivify the tale and make it walk abroad on its own legs is hard to deny.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”George Bernard Shaw” float=”none” width=”100%”]People exaggerate the value of things they haven’t got: everybody worships truth and unselfishness because they have no experience with them.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Henry David Thoreau” float=”none” width=”100%”]Exaggeration! was ever any virtue attributed to a man without exaggeration? was ever any vice, without infinite exaggeration? Do we not exaggerate ourselves to ourselves, or do we recognize ourselves for the actual men we are? Are we not all great men? Yet what are we actually, to speak of? We live by exaggeration.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Henry David Thoreau” float=”none” width=”100%”]He who cannot exaggerate is not qualified to utter truth.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Honoré de Balzac” float=”none” width=”100%”]We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never as bad off or as happy as we say we are.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Hosea Ballou” float=”none” width=”100%”]Exaggeration is a blood relation to falsehood, and nearly as blamable.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Idries Shah” float=”none” width=”100%”]Exaggeration is a standard peculiarity of man. To deprecate is often a form of exaggeration which people do not notice, because it appears to be its opposite.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Ivern Ball” float=”none” width=”100%”]He’s the type who makes mountains out of molehills and then sells climbing equipment.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Jean François de La Harpe” float=”none” width=”100%”]To exaggerate is to weaken.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”José Ortega y Gasset” float=”none” width=”100%”]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.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Joseph Conrad” float=”none” width=”100%”]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.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Josh Billings” float=”none” width=”100%”]There are some people so addicted to exaggeration that they can’t tell the truth without lying.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Katherine Fullerton Gerould” float=”none” width=”100%”]I know exaggerators of both kinds: people whose lies are only picturesque adjectives, and people whose picturesque adjectives are only lies.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Khalil Gibran” float=”none” width=”100%”]Exaggeration is truth that has lost its temper.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Khang Kijarro Nguyen” float=”none” width=”100%”]Exaggeration is the melodramatic child of truth.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Marty Rubin” float=”none” width=”100%”]Unless you embellish, you can’t tell the truth.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Nicolas Chamfort” float=”none” width=”100%”]All passions exaggerate; and they are passions only because they do exaggerate. [/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Proverb” float=”none” width=”100%”]Exaggeration is to paint a snake and add legs.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Ralph Waldo Emerson” float=”none” width=”100%”]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.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Ralph Waldo Emerson” float=”none” width=”100%”]There is no one who does not exaggerate. In conversation, men are encumbered with personality, and talk too much.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Ralph Waldo Emerson” float=”none” width=”100%”]’Tis a rule of manners to avoid exaggeration.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Ralph Waldo Emerson” float=”none” width=”100%”]We aim above the mark, to hit the mark. Every act hath some falsehood of exaggeration in it.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Robert Brault” float=”none” width=”100%”]Sometimes in life we blow things out of proportion because proportion is so dull.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Rodney Ulyate” float=”none” width=”100%”]If you use the term ‘over-exaggerate,’ you know the definition neither of ‘exaggerate’ nor of ‘over.'[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Samuel Johnson” float=”none” width=”100%”]Don’t, Sir, accustom yourself to use big words for little matters.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Samuel Johnson” float=”none” width=”100%”]Never believe extraordinary characters which you hear of people. Depend upon it, they are exaggerated. You do not see one man shoot a great deal higher than another.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Stephen Covey” float=”none” width=”100%”]Every exaggeration of the truth once detected by others destroys our credibility and makes all that we do and say suspect.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Tawny Lara” float=”none” width=”100%”]People add color to their story because they think it happened in black and white.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”The Talmud” float=”none” width=”100%”]If you add to the truth, you subtract from it.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Thomas Babington Macaulay” float=”none” width=”100%”]Men of great conversational powers almost universally practise a sort of lively sophistry and exaggeration which deceives for the moment both themselves and their auditors.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Tim Tharp” float=”none” width=”100%”]That’s how it is with legends. The greater they sound, the more must’ve got left out.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Tryon Edwards” float=”none” width=”100%”]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.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Unknown” float=”none” width=”100%”]Man is inclined to exaggerate almost everything — except his own mistakes. [/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Unknown” float=”none” width=”100%”]Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Victor Hugo” float=”none” width=”100%”]It is the essence of truth that it is never excessive…. We must not resort to the flame where only light is required.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Voltaire” float=”none” width=”100%”]Exaggeration, the inseparable companion of greatness.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Walter Bagehot” float=”none” width=”100%”]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.[/wpsm_quote]