C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


We weaken what we exaggerate.

La Harpe.

There is no greater sin than to be trop prononcé.


Exaggeration is a blood relation to falsehood and nearly as blamable.

Hosea Ballou.

Exaggeration misleads the credulous and offends the perceptive.

Eliza Cook.

There would be few enterprises of great labor or hazard undertaken if we had not the power of magnifying the advantages which we persuade ourselves to expect from them.

Dr. Johnson.

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.

Dr. Johnson.