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Danger lies in the writer becoming the victim of his own exaggeration, losing the exact notion of sincerity, and in the end coming to despise truth itself as something too cold, too blunt for his purpose -- as, in fact, not good enough for his insistent emotion. From laughter and tears the descent is easy to sniveling and giggles.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) British novelist.

It is the essence of truth that it is never excessive. Why should it exaggerate? There is that which should be destroyed and that which should be simply illuminated and studied. How great is the force of benevolent and searching examination! We must not resort to the flame where only light is required.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885) French poet, dramatist and novelist.

Camp is a vision of the world in terms of style -- but a particular kind of style. It is love of the exaggerated.

Susan Sontag (1933-2004) American author.

Exaggeration is the inseparable companion of greatness.

Voltaire (1694-1778) French writer and historian.

Pretense is the overrating of any kind of knowledge we pretend to.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) Irish-born English satirist.


Who breaks a butterfly on a wheel?

Alexander Pope (1688-1744) English poet and satirist.

Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everybody else.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer.

An element of exaggeration clings to the popular judgment: great vices are made greater, great virtues greater also; interesting incidents are made more interesting, softer legends more soft.

Walter Bagehot (1826-1877) British economist.

We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never as bad off or as happy as we say we are.

Honore de Balzac (1799-1850) French novelist.

There are some people so addicted to exaggeration that they can't tell the truth without lying.

Josh Billings (1815-1885) American humorist and lecturer.