Hyperbole Quotes

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Raymond Chandler
“A writer who is afraid to overreach himself is as useless as a general who is afraid to be wrong.”
Raymond Chandler, Pearls are a Nuisance

Stephen Leacock
“He flung himself from the room, flung himself upon his horse and rode madly off in all directions.

Stephen Leacock

Gail Carriger
“I suppose that saves us from having to determine what to do with a butler who goes around killing people. It certainly reflects badly upon our domestic staff. Still, I shall miss him. There was a man who knew how to brew a good cup of tea.”
Gail Carriger, Timeless

Hugh Laurie
“I was shown into a room. A red room. Red wallpaper, red curtains, red carpet. They said it was a sitting-room, but I don’t know why they’d decided to confine its purpose just to sitting. Obviously, sitting was one of the things you could do in a room this size; but you could also stage operas, hold cycling races, and have an absolutely cracking game of frisbee, all at the same time, without having to move any of the furniture.
It could rain in a room this big.”
Hugh Laurie, The Gun Seller

Sandy  Hall
“It was like I couldn't think of any words. Now I can think of about nine million."
"How many words are in the English language?"
"Not the point.”
Sandy Hall, A Little Something Different

Gail Carriger
“My Hallway" remarked Lord Akeldama,"Has never seen such lively action. And That, my sugarplums, is saying something!”
Gail Carriger, Timeless

Gail Carriger
“She took a moment to lament her lack of parasol. Every time she left the house, she felt keenly the absence of her heretofore ubiquitous accessory.”
Gail Carriger, Timeless

Lytton Strachey
“It is probably always disastrous not to be a poet.”
Giles Lytton Strachey, Elizabeth and Essex

Kevin Hearne
“Turns out that once you kill a god, people want to talk to you. Paranormal insurance salesmen with special "godslayer" term life policies. Charlatan's with "godproof" armor and extraplanar safe houses for rent. But most notably, other gods...”
Kevin Hearne

D.L. Hess
“I look at him and my body reacts in a way that it never has before, even in the throes of passion. I look at him and I start aching so deep inside it takes all I can to think, to breathe, to speak. He’s like the brightest flame and it takes everything in me to resist its call.

I know that if I give in, I’ll get burned so deeply, there might be nothing left once I come out the other side.

But, god, I want to step into that flame.”
D.L. Hess

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Love songs are nothing without exaggeration.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Confessions of a Misfit

“Truthful hyperbole’ is a contradiction in terms. It’s a way of saying, ‘It’s a lie, but who cares?’ ”
Tony Schwartz

“I'd rather be in prison in California than free anywhere else.”
Inez Haynes Irwin, The Native Son

Gideon Haigh
“The risk is, as ever, that the hyperbole of IPL will simply smother the cricket; perhaps the members of the IPL's cheer squad should stop listening to each other and start listening to themselves.”
Gideon Haigh

“In her book claiming that allegations of ritualistic abuse are mostly confabulations, La Fontaine’s (1998) comparison of social workers to ‘nazis’ shows the depth of feeling evident amongst many sceptics. However, this raises an important question: Why did academics and journalists feel so strongly about allegations of ritualistic abuse, to the point of pervasively misrepresenting the available evidence and treating women disclosing ritualistic abuse, and those workers who support them, with barely concealed contempt? It is of course true that there are fringe practitioners in the field of organised abuse, just as there are fringe practitioners in many other health-related fields. However, the contrast between the measured tone of the majority of therapists and social workers writing on ritualistic abuse, and the over-blown sensationalism of their critics, could not be starker. Indeed, Scott (2001) notes with irony that the writings of those who claimed that ‘satanic ritual abuse’ is a ‘moral panic’ had many of the features of a moral panic: scapegoating therapists, social workers and sexual abuse victims whilst warning of an impending social catastrophe brought on by an epidemic of false allegations of sexual abuse. It is perhaps unsurprising that social movements for people accused of sexual abuse would engage in such hyperbole, but why did this rhetoric find so many champions in academia and the media?”
Michael Salter, Organised Sexual Abuse

Tim Ingold
“Indeed ethnography and theory resemble nothing so much as the two arcs
of a hyperbola, which cast their beams in opposite directions, lighting up the
surfaces, respectively, of mind and world. They are back to back, and darkness
reigns between them. But what if each arc were to reverse its orientation, so as to
embrace the other in an encompassing, brightly illuminated ellipse? We would
then have neither ethnography nor theory, nor even a compound of both. What
we would have is an undivided, interstitial field of anthropology. If ethnographic
theory is the hyperbola, anthropology is the ellipse. For ethnography, when it
turns, is no longer ethnography but the educational correspondences of real life.
And theory, when it turns, is no longer theory, but an imagination nourished by
its observational engagements with the world. The rupture between reality and
imagination—the one annexed to fact, the other to theory—has been the source
of much havoc in the history of consciousness. It needs to be repaired. It is surely
the task of anthropology, before all else, to repair it. In calling a halt to the proliferation
of ethnography, I am not asking for more theory. My plea is for a return
to anthropology.”
Tim Ingold

“In many ways, the vampire was spared the gross suffering of the werewolf but that is only because they suffered in many other ways at the hands of the supernatural doctrines of religion. They, however, were connected to the hyperbolic voice crying in the wilderness.”
L.B. Ó Ceallaigh, Revenants, Retroviruses, and Religion: How Viruses and Disease Created Cultural Mythology and Shaped Religious Perspectives

Jane Austen
“Sir John's confidence in his own judgment rose with this animated praise, and he set off directly for the cottage to tell the Miss Dashwoods of the Miss Steeles' arrival, and to assure them of their being the sweetest girls in the world. From such commendation as this, however, there was not much to be learned; Elinor well knew that the sweetest girls in the world were to be met with in every part of England, under every possible variation of form, face, temper and understanding.”
Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

Daphne du Maurier
“A denial heralded the thrice crowing of a cock, and an insincerity was like the kiss of Judas.”
Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca

Marshall McLuhan
“I satirize at all times, and my hyperboles are as nothing compared to the events to which they refer.”
Marshall McLuhan

“France, stop throwing awards at me! I have so many already, give them to people who need them.”
Nuno Roque

Sydney Smith
“Going to marry her? Impossible! You mean a part of her; he could not marry her all himself. It would be a case, not of bigamy but trigamy; there is enough of her to furnish wives for the whole parish. One man marry her! - it is monstrous! You might people a colony with her; or give an assembly with her; or perhaps take your morning's walk round her, always provided there were frequent resting places, and you were in rude health. I once was rash enough to try walking round her before breakfast, but only got half way and gave it up exhausted. Or you might read the Riot Act and disperse her; in short, you might do anything but marry her!”
Sydney Smith

Paul Beatty
“Don’t tell me Kinshasa, the poorest city in the poorest country in the world, a place where the average per capita income is one goat bell, two bootleg Michael Jackson cassette tapes, and three sips of potable water per year, thinks we’re too poor to associate with.”
Paul Beatty, The Sellout

Pete Buttigieg
“I had a professional background in economic development and was fluent in the language of business - even while having fought and bled politically for organized labor in the auto industry.”
Pete Buttigieg, Shortest Way Home: One Mayor's Challenge and a Model for America's Future

C.A.A. Savastano
“The President calls Congress savages and they call him a liar, just another productive day in Washington "doing the important work of the people.”
Carmine Savastano

C.A.A. Savastano
“My favorite part of election season is the end.”
C.A.A. Savastano

“Small talk is real talk. All the rest is hyperbole.”
Marty Rubin

A.D. Aliwat
“Sadly, it seems that hyperbole is having another moment in popular discourse.”
A.D. Aliwat, In Limbo