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.
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'.
Literally, the Bible is a gigantic myth, a narrative extending over the whole of time from creation to apocalypse, unified by a body of recurring imagery that "freezes" into a single metaphor cluster, the metaphors all being identified with the body of the Messiah, the man who is all men, the totality logoi who is one Logos, the grain of sand that is the world.Northrop Frye
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
"Continuing instant in prayer." The Greek is a metaphor taken from hunting dogs that never give over the game till they have got their prey.Thomas Brooks, p. 464. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
In my mind, he was guilty of no error, he was chargeable with no exaggeration, he was betrayed by his fancy into no metaphor, who once said, that all we see about us, Kings, Lords, and Commons, the whole machinery of the State, all the apparatus of the system, and its varied workings, end in simply bringing twelve good men into a box.Lord Brougham (1828), Present State of the Law (Feb. 7).
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)
Nature is infallible and is the voice of God, with this difference, that the language of the Holy Scripture can and should be interpreted in many ways (otherwise it would say many things contrary to the evidence of the senses), but the language of Nature is always the same, without metaphor, without allegory, without hyperbole, without doubtful, obscure, mysterious meanings. Nature speaks clearly to him who knows how to understand her, and has no need of interpretation.Antonio Vallisneri, in a letter to Louis Bourguet (30 August 1721)