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Sentimentality

  • I revolted from sentimentality, less because it was false than because it was cruel.

  • Oh any sentimental person can cry at night, but when you begin to cry in the morning — to lie awake and cry in the morning — ...

  • Far from rhymes, laments, sea breezes, parrots ... we decree the death of sappy, sentimental folkloric literature. And to hell with hibiscus, frangipani, and bougainvillea. Martinican poetry will be cannibal or it will not be.

    • Suzanne Césaire,
    • in Daniel Maximin, ed., The Great Camouflage: Writings of Dissent (1941-1945) ()
  • Sentiment is a disgrace, instead of an ornament, unless it lead us to good actions.

  • Sentimentality about nature denatures everything it touches.

  • There are dangers in sentimentalizing nature. Most sentimental ideas imply, at bottom, a deep if unacknowledged disrespect. It is no accident that we Americans, probably the world's champion sentimentalizers about nature, are at one and the same time probably the world's most voracious and disrespectful destroyers of wild and rural countryside.

  • Sentimentality comes from an inability, for whatever reason, to look reality in the face.

  • To me sentimentality is a cheap and unfeeling substitute for true emotion.

    • Nigella Lawson,
    • in Tracy Cochran, "The Feast of Life," Publishers Weekly ()