Exaggeration

Some folks never exaggerate – they just remember big. ~Attributed to both Audrey Snead and Chi Chi Rodriguez
An exaggeration is a truth that has lost its temper. ~Kahlil Gibran
Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught. ~Author Unknown
If you add to the truth, you subtract from it. ~The Talmud
Exaggeration is to paint a snake and add legs. ~Proverb
There are people so addicted to exaggeration they can’t tell the truth without lying. ~Josh Billings
Man is inclined to exaggerate almost everything – except his own mistakes. ~Author Unknown
To exaggerate is to weaken. ~Jean François de La Harpe, Melanie, 1770
Exaggeration is a blood relation to falsehood and nearly as blamable. ~Hosea Ballou
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. ~Jose Ortega y Gasset
All news is an exaggeration of life. ~Daniel Schorr
All passions exaggerate; and they are passions only because they do exaggerate. ~Nicolas Chamfort
There is no one who does not exaggerate. In conversation, men are encumbered with personality, and talk too much. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
False eloquence is exaggeration; true eloquence is emphasis. ~William Alger
Never exaggerate your faults, your friends will attend to that. ~Bob Edwards
‘Tis a rule of manners to avoid exaggeration. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Exaggeration misleads the credulous and offends the perceptive. ~Eliza Cook
There’s no disappointment in memory, and one’s exaggerations are always on the good side. ~George Eliot
What makes us discontented with our condition is the absurdly exaggerated idea we have of the happiness of others. ~French Proverb
We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never as bad off or as happy as we say we are. ~Honore de Balzac
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
We overstate the ills of life, and take
Imagination… down our earth to rake…
~Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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 Sibert Cather
Every vice is only an exaggeration of a necessary and 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
All cartoon characters and fables must be exaggeration, caricatures. It is the very nature of fantasy and fable. ~Walt Disney
To a small man every greater is an exaggeration. ~Henry David Thoreau
It is human to exaggerate the merits of the dead. ~Mark Twain
Exaggeration, the inseparable companion of greatness. ~Voltaire
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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