Generally, there is a lot of truth value in stepping back, observing, then logically generalizing the extremes of what you see.
I think that I am too warm to negatively judge individuals, yet I am cold enough to negatively judge humanity.
Generalization is necessary to the advancement of knowledge; but particularly is indispensable to the creations of the imagination. In proportion as men know more and think more they look less at individuals and more at classes. They therefore make better theories and worse poems.
A sweeping statement is the only statement worth listening to. The critic without faith gives balanced opinions, usually about second-rate writers.
An idea is always a generalization, and generalization is a property of thinking. To generalize means to think.
Any general statement is like a check drawn on a bank. Its value depends on what is there to meet it.
We are more prone to generalize the bad than the good. We assume that the bad is more potent and contagious.
Obvious enough that generalities work to protect the mind from the great outdoors; is it possible that this was in fact their first purpose?
To generalize is to be an idiot. To particularize is the alone distinction of merit. General knowledge are those knowledge that idiots possess.
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