We are a people captivated by the power and romance of metaphor, forever seeking the invisible through the image of the visible.
Subjects choose me? I lie in wait like a leopard on a branch-strained metaphor.Quoted in Louis Untermeyer 'Five Famous Poetesses', in Ladies' Home Journal, May1964.
Software engineering concerns methods and techniques to develop large software systems. The engineering metaphor is used to emphasize a systematic approach to develop systems that satisfy organizational requirements and constraints.Hans van Vliet (2007) Software Engineering: Principles and Practice. p. 2
All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.1901The Defendant,'Defence of Slang'.
One thing that literature would be greatly the better for Would be a more restricted employment by authors of simile and metaphor.1945 Many LongYears Ago,'Very Like A Whale'.
Man be my metaphor.1934 'If I WereTickled byThe Rub of Love'.
In tracking down and eliminating terrorists , we need to change our metaphor from a "war on terror" exactly what, pray tell, is that? to the mind-set of Interpol tracking down master criminals through intense global cooperation among nations, or the FBI stalking the Mafia , or local police determined to quell street gangs without leveling the entire neighborhood in the process.bill moyers
When you told me you used to chase tornados I always thought it was a metaphor !Michael Crichton and Anne-Marie Martin, in Twister (1996)
We do not think good metaphors are anything very important, but I think that a good metaphor is something even the police should keep an eye on.Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, in Aphorism 91 in Notebook E (1775 - 1776)
The metaphor of the king as the shepherd of his people goes back to ancient Egypt. Perhaps the use of this particular convention is due to the fact that, being stupid, affectionate, gregarious and easily stampeded, the societies formed by sheep are most like human ones.Northrop Frye, Canadian literary critic, 1957. Quoted in 100 good reasons to be a Republican, "New Statesman", August 2000.
We often attribute 'understanding' and other cognitive predicates by metaphor and analogy to cars, adding machines, and other artifacts, but nothing is proved by such attributions.John Searle, in The Turing Test: Verbal Behavior as the Hallmark of Intelligence (2004). P.206