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Quotes About Exaggeration

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Kurt Vonnegut
“Artists use frauds to make human beings seem more wonderful than they really are. Dancers show us human beings who move much more gracefully than human beings really move. Films and books and plays show us people talking much more entertainingly than people really talk, make paltry human enterprises seem important. Singers and musicians show us human beings making sounds far more lovely than human beings really make. Architects give us temples in which something marvelous is obviously going on. Actually, practically nothing is going on.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons

E.M. Forster
“Long books, when read, are usually overpraised, because the reader wishes to convince others and himself that he has not wasted his time.”
E.M. Forster, Aspects of the Novel

George Bernard Shaw
“Like all young men, you greatly exaggerate the difference between one young woman and another.”
George Bernard Shaw, Major Barbara

Emma Donoghue
“Sometimes when persons say definitely it sounds actually less true.”
Emma Donoghue, Room

Tim Tharp
“That's how it is with legends. The greater they sound, the more must've got left out.”
Tim Tharp, Knights of the Hill Country

C.S. Lewis
“It is always the novice who exaggerates.”
C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

Baltasar Gracián
“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. Praise excites anticipation and stimulates desire. Afterwards when value does not measure up to price, disappointment turns against the fraud and takes revenge by cheapening both the appraised and the appraise. For this reason let the prudent go slowly, and err in understatement rather than overstatement. The extraordinary of every kind is always rare, wherefore temper your estimate.”
Baltasar Gracián, The Art of Worldly Wisdom

Charles Dickens
“Mrs Joe was a very clean housekeeper, but had an exquisite art of making her clenliness more umcomfortable and unacceptable than dirt itself. Cleanliness is next to godliness, and some people do the same by their religion.”
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

Marisha Pessl
“Within every elaborate lie, a kernel of truth.”
Marisha Pessl, Night Film

Samuel Johnson
“Don't, Sir, accustom yourself to use big words for little matters.”
Samuel Johnson, The Life of Samuel Johnson, Vol 2

Brandon Sanderson
“Well, that’s because they’re wrong and I’m right. No more reading for you. Let’s go get some ice cream.”

“I don’t know if the kitchen has any,” Joel said. “It’s hard to get in the summers, and—”

“Not from the kitchen, stupid,” Melody said, rolling her eyes. “From the parlor out on Knight Street.”

“Oh. I’ve … never been there.”

“What! That’s a tragedy.”

“Melody, everything is a tragedy to you.”

“Not having ice cream,” she proclaimed, “is the culmination of all disasters! That’s it. No more discussion. We’re going. Follow.”
Brandon Sanderson, The Rithmatist

Criss Jami
“Some virtues, when they become fashions, also become exaggerated. Just because nobody likes a judgmental attitude does not mean that there isn't a sort of spoiled, self-righteous hypocrisy when one man obsessively commands other men not to judge without knowing the circumstances without himself, too, knowing their circumstances behind their judgments.”
Criss Jami

Mark Twain
“The first glance at the pillow showed me a repulsive sentinel perched upon each end of it--cockroaches as large as peach leaves--fellows with long, quivering antennae and fiery, malignant eyes. They were grating their teeth like tobacco worms, and appeared to be dissatisfied about something. I had often heard that these reptiles were in the habit of eating off sleeping sailors' toe nails down to the quick, and I would not get in the bunk any more. I lay down on the floor. But a rat came and bothered me, and shortly afterward a procession of cockroaches arrived and camped in my hair. In a few moments the rooster was crowing with uncommon spirit and a party of fleas were throwing double somersaults about my person in the wildest disorder, and taking a bite every time they stuck. I was beginning to feel really annoyed. I got up and put my clothes on and went on deck.
The above is not overdrawn; it is a truthful sketch of inter-island schooner life.”
Mark Twain, Roughing It

Robert Louis Stevenson
“There is a kind of gaping admiration that would fain roll Shakespeare and Bacon into one, to have a bigger thing to gape at; and a class of men who cannot edit one author without disparaging all others.”
Robert Louis Stevenson, Edinburgh: Picturesque Notes

Toba Beta
“Legends exaggerate.”
Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity

Jeffrey Archer
“He was becoming aware that there was no such thing as over-the-top with Lawrence Davenport, as long as you were talking to Lawrence Davenport about Lawrence Davenport.”
Jeffrey Archer, A Prisoner of Birth

Idries Shah
“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.”
Idries Shah, Reflections

Lemony Snicket
“Well, Nero," Genghis said, "I just wanted to give you this rose-a small gift of congratulations for the wonderful concert you gave us last night!"
"Oh, thank you," Nero said, taking the rose out of Genghis's hand and giving it a good smell. "I was wonderful, wasn't I?"
"You were perfection!" Genghis said. "The first time you played your sonata, I was deeply moved. The second time, I had tears in my eyes. The third time, I was sobbing. The fourth time, I had an uncontrollable emotional attack. The fifth time-" The Baudelaires did not hear about the fifth time because Nero's door swung shut behind them.”
Lemony Snicket, The Austere Academy

Vera Brittain
“I know of no place where the wind can be as icy and the damp so penetrating as in Oxford round about Easter time.”
Vera Brittain, Testament of Youth

China Miéville
“A few mad exaggerations, alright, within a couple of days: swear to fucking god, they were like throwing grenades and pulling out all kinds of crazy knackery, it was out of control. Whatever. As if the story, if big enough, reflected glory on the teller.”
China Miéville, Kraken

Wallace Stegner
“That night she wrote a hasty sketch and showed it to Oliver. "It's all right," he said. "But I'd take out that stuff about Olympian mountains and the Stygian caverns of the mine. That's about used up, I should think.”
Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose

Criss Jami
“These days when Christians bicker they exaggerate passion into a legalistic belief and prosperity into a lukewarm belief.”
Criss Jami

Sabrina Jeffries
“Why didn't you tell us you were the Alexander Black who can stand atop a cantering horse and shoot a hole through a plum at a hundred paces?"

With a snort, Alec jerked his gaze away. "More like a cantaloupe. The thing shrinks with every retelling. Soon they'll have me shooting at a mustard seed.”
Sabrina Jeffries, In the Prince's Bed

Ljupka Cvetanova
“If they could, women would put make-up on the rainbow.”
Ljupka Cvetanova, The New Land

“If you use the term 'over-exaggerate,' you know the definition neither of 'exaggerate' nor of 'over.”
Rodney Ulyate

Michael Bassey Johnson
“As a comedian, the more you commit the sin of stupidity, three essential things happen to your life:
~people applaud you incessantly.
~love you more than their parents.
~give you a daily bread.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

Criss Jami
“You maintain hope for humanity as an infinite skeptic of gossip and slander. In all mankind's desires for entertainment and exaggeration and sensationalism, when it comes to gossip, the individual always sounds worse than he really is. This is why adhering to gossip subtly affects the mental state of the listener - he goes on holding shaded opinions regardless of the realities of their darknesses.”
Criss Jami

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