I've come to talk with you again . . ..”
(Paul Simon, "The Sounds of Silence")
Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art.”
"Welcome, O life! I go to encounter for the millionth time the reality ofexperience and to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of myrace."
(James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man)
“Blue Moon, you saw me standing aloneWithout a dream in my heartWithout a love of my own.”
(Lorenz Hart, "Blue Moon")
Dear Ella, Our Special First Lady of SongYou gave your best for so long.”
(Kenny Burrell, "Dear Ella")
A figure of speech in which exaggeration is used for emphasis or effect.
“Ladies and gentlemen, I've been to Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and Ican say without hyperbole that this is a million times worse than all of them puttogether.”
(Kent Brockman, The Simpsons)
“Give me a thousand kisses, then a hundred,Then another thousand, then a second hundred,Then still another thousand, then a hundred.”
“If we're going to start crucifying people for hyperbole in this society,there's going to be a long line. If I were writing a diet book, I wouldn't say, 'It'sgoing to take a lot of work and it'll be a pain in the butt.' I'd say, 'Thin thighs in30 days!'”
(Matthew Lesko. The Week, August 3, 2007)
“O for the gift of Rostand's Cyrano to invoke the vastness of that nosealone as it cleaves the giant screen from east to west, bisects it from north tosouth. It zigzags across our horizon like a bolt of fleshy lightning.”
(John Simon, review of Barbra Streisand in A Star Is Born, 1976)
It is scarcely hyperbole to say that tomorrow the whole Moghul Empire is inour power.
(Robert Clive, 1st Baron of Plassey)
The use of words to express something different from and often opposite totheir literal meaning is called irony.