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Society is infested by persons who, seeing that the sentiments please, counterfeit the expression of them. These we call sentimentalists--talkers who mistake the description for the thing, saying for having.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

Sentimentality -- that's what we call the sentiment we don't share.

Graham Greene (1904-1991) English writer.

The world makes up for all its follies and injustices by being damnably sentimental.

Thomas H. Huxley (1825-1895) English biologist.

He who molds the public sentiment... makes statues and decisions possible or impossible to make.

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) Politician. President of the United States.

Sentiment is intellectualized emotion; emotion precipitated, as it were, in pretty crystals by the fancy.

James Russell Lowell (1819-1891) American poet, critic and editor.

Sentimentality is the only sentiment that rubs you the wrong way.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) British novelist and playwright.

A sentimentalist is simply one who desires to have the luxury of an emotion without paying for it.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet and dramatist.

The barrenest of all mortals is the sentimentalist.

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) British historian and essayist.