Quotation Explorer - 'Metaphor'

A metaphor is not an ornament. It is an organ of perception. Through metaphors, we see the world as one thing or another. - Neil Postman
One recalls the literary writer who, after grasping a story of a Mars voyage as a metaphor for isolation and the precariousness of relationships, realized that at a deeper, more subtle level it might even be a story about an actual trip to Mars! - Michael Flynn
A metaphor is like a simile. - Steven Wright
Metaphors are not to be trifled with. A single metaphor can give birth to love - Milan Kundera
I once saw a small child go to an electric light switch as say, "Mamma, can I open the light?" She was using the age-old language of exploration, the language of art. It was a sort of metaphor, but she was not using it as ornamentation. - Ezra Pound
An idea is a feat of association, and the height of it is a good metaphor. - Robert Frost
The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery, a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a spring of capital truths, and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in us. - Paul Valery
Tomas did not realize at the time that metaphors are dangerous. Metaphors are not to be trifled with. A single metaphor can give birth to love. - Milan Kundera
I happen to know that history is nothing but a spin and metaphor, which is what all yarns are made up of, when you strip them down to the underlay. And what makes a hit or a myth, of course, is how that story is told, and by whom. - Joanne Harris
If you want to change the world, change the metaphor. - Joseph Campbell
A writer will divine a metaphor from a pattern on a dress, or a gesture, because sunsets have been done before. - Brandi L. Bates
The mind is a metaphor of the world of objects. - Pierre Bourdieu
It seemed possible to me, in the dry heat of that courtroom, that heaven was a metaphor for the grace of perspective you get when you die - Thomas Page McBee
Everything's a bad metaphor for sex. - Quentin R. Bufogle
I have to hold that up as a metaphor for everything, being prepared and then being brave enough to just be there. Just listen and follow, maybe jump. Everyone leans in, it brings them into your emotional vicinity because, you said "Risk creates intimacy - Mary-Louise Parker
I can't think of anything to write about except families. They are a metaphor for every other part of society. - Anna Quindlen
I think poetry without metaphor is like husband and wife living in separate bedrooms. - Munia Khan
Sitting calmly on a ship in fair weather is not a metaphor for having faith; but when the ship has sprung a leak, then enthusiastically to keep the ship afloat by pumping and not to seek the harbor--that is the metaphor for having faith. (Concluding Unscientific Postscript) - Søren Kierkegaard
Quite a metaphor. The person in the most pain wins. Does that mean I get a Blue Ribbon? - Tom Perrotta
Everything in life is a metaphor for everything in life." - Bonnie Marlewski-Probert
All slang is a metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry. - G. K. Chesterton
Fairy tales since the beginning of recorded time, and perhaps earlier, have been a means to conquer the terrors of mankind through metaphor. - Jack D. Zipes
The earth is buzzing with metaphor - Osip Mandelstam
The metaphor is probably the most fertile power possessed by man - José Ortega y Gasset
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