A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on aphorisms, excellence, sentimentality, truth, and words

The excellence of aphorisms consists not so much in the expression of some rare or abstruse sentiment, as in the comprehension of some useful truth in a few words.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by R. H. Cabell on adventure, business, day, deed, hypocrisy, mistakes, reform, reward, selfishness, sentimentality, thinking, and words

I like business because it is competitive, because it rewards deeds rather than words. I like business because it compels earnestness and does not permit me to neglect today's task while thinking about tomorrow. I like business because it undertakes to please, not reform; because it is honestly selfish, thereby avoiding hypocrisy and sentimentality. I like business because it promptly penalizes mistakes, shiftlessness and inefficiency, while rewarding well those who give it the best they have in them. Lastly, I like business because each day is a fresh adventure.

R. H. Cabell

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A Quote by Oscar Fingall O'Flahertie Wills Wilde on romance, science, and sentimentality

Romance should never begin with sentiment. It should begin with science and end with a settlement.

Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on clarity, creativity, crisis, friendship, genius, happiness, heart, love, mind, nature, observation, poetry, questions, reason, sentimentality, understanding, wisdom, and world

The movements of exaltation which belong to genius are egotistic by their very nature. A calm, clear mind, not subject to the spasms and crises which are so often met with in creative or intensely perceptive natures, is the best basis for love or friendship. - Observe, I am talking about minds. I won't say, the more intellect, the less capacity for loving; for that would do wrong to the understanding and reason; - but on the other hand, that the brain runs away with the heart's best blood, which gives the world a few pages of wisdom or sentiment or poetry, instead of making one other heart happy, I have no question.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table.

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on sentimentality and time

You think they are crusaders sent From some infernal clime, To pluck the eyes of sentiment And dock the tail of Rhyme, To crack the voice of Melody And break the legs of Time.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: The Music-Grinders.

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A Quote by Marjorie Fleming on sentimentality

Sentiment is what I am not acquainted with.

Marjorie Fleming (1803 - 1811)

Source: Journal, p. 99

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A Quote by Margaret C. Anderson on sentimentality

Intellectuals are too sentimental for me.

Margaret C. Anderson (1886 - 1973)

Source: The Strange Necessity, pt. 1, 1969.

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A Quote by Leo F. Buscaglia on change, death, despair, dreams, failure, feeling, freedom, hope, ideas, laughter, learning, life, love, risk, sentimentality, slavery, sorrow, and suffering

To laugh is to risk appearing the fool. To weep is to risk being called sentimental. To reach out to another is to risk involvement. To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self. To place your ideas, your dreams before the crowd is to risk being called naive. To love is to risk not being loved in return. To live is to risk dying. To hope is to risk despair, and to try is to risk failure. But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live. Chained by his certitudes, he is a slave, he's forfeited his freedom. Only the person who risks is truly free.

Leo Buscaglia

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A Quote by Lazurus Long on men, sentimentality, thinking, and women

Men are more sentimental than women. It blurs their thinking.

Lazurus Long

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A Quote by Karl Marx on oppression, people, religion, sentimentality, soul, and world

Religion is the sign of the oppressed creature, the sentiment of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.

Karl Marx (1818 - 1883)

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