One thing that literature would be greatly the better for Would be a more restricted employment by authors of simile and metaphor.(Frederic) Ogden Nash: 1945 Many LongYears Ago,'Very Like A Whale'.
Subjects choose me I lie in wait like a leopard on a branch-strained metaphor.Marianne Craig Moore: Quoted in Louis Untermeyer 'Five Famous Poetesses', in Ladies' Home Journal, May1964.
Cricket remains for me the game of games, the sanspareil, the great metaphor, the best marriage ever devisedof mind and body For meit remainstheProust of pastimes, the subtlest and most poetic, the most past- and-present; whose beauty can lie equally in days, in a whole, or in one tiny phrase, a blinding split second.John Robert Fowles: Quick Singles,'Vain Memories'. Quoted in Helen Exley Cricket Quotations (1992).
I love metaphor the way some people love junk food.William H(oward) Gass: 1977 Interview in Paris Review, Summer.
I love metaphor. It provides two loaves where there seems to be one. Sometimes it throws in a load of fish.Bernard Malamud: 1975 Interview in Paris Review, Spring.
Man be my metaphor.Dylan Marlais Thomas: 1934 'If I WereTickled byThe Rub of Love'.
No metaphor reinvents the job of the nurture of children except to muddy or mock. PalmerstonGrace ne e Goodside Paley: 1992 Begin Again: New and Collected Poems,'Stanzas: Old Age and the Conventions of Retirement Have Driven My Friends from theWorkThey Love'.
Science is all metaphor.Timothy Francis Leary: 1980 Interview, 24 Sep, collected in Contemporary Authors vol.107.
through metaphor to reconcile the people and the stones.william carlos williams: 1944 TheWedge,'A Sort of Song'.
He understoodWalt Whitman, who laid end to end words never seen in each other's company before outside of a dictionary, and Herman Melville who split the atom of the traditional novel in the effort to make whaling a universal metaphor.David John Lodge: 1975 Changing Places, ch.5.
Tis impossible to avail our selves of the genuine Powers of Eloquence, without examining in their Elements and first Principles, the Force and Harmony of Numbers, as employed by the Poets and orators of ancient and modern times, and without considering the natural Powers of Imagination, and the Disposition of Mankind to Metaphor and figure, which will require the Knowledge of the true Principles of Grammar, and Rhetoric, and of the best classical Authors.Now to what higher object, to what greater Character, can any Mortal aspire, than to be possessed of all this Knowledge, well digested, and ready at Command, to assist the feeble and Friendless, to discountenance the haughty and lawless, to procure Redress of Wrongs, the Advancement of Right, to assert and maintain Liberty and Virtue, to discourage and abolish Tyranny and Vice?john adams: Letter to Jonathan Sewall (October 1759)
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 men into a box.brougham, henry, 1st baron brougham and vaux: Present State of the Law (February 7, 1828).
This is the highest honour of the Church, that, until He is united to us, the Son of God reckons himself in some measure imperfect. What consolation is it for us to learn, that, not until we are along with him, does he possess all his parts, or wish to be regarded as complete! Hence, in the First Epistle to the Corinthians, when the apostle discusses largely the metaphor of a human body, he includes under the single name of Christ the whole Church.john calvin: Commentary on Ephesians 1:23.
The whole problem of the relation between parent and subsidiary corporations is one that is still enveloped in the mists of metaphor. Metaphors in law are to be narrowly watched, for starting as devices to liberate thought, they end often by enslaving it. We say at times that the corporate entity will be ignored when the parent corporation operates a business through a subsidiary which is characterized as an 'alias' or a 'dummy.'... Dominion may be so complete, interference so obtrusive, that by the general rules of agency the parent will be a principal and the subsidiary an agent.benjamin n. cardozo: Berkey v. Third Avenue Railway, 244 N.Y. 84, 94, 155 N.E. 58, 61 (N.Y. 1926). Sometimes misquoted as referring to "figures of speech" rather than metaphors, or with other minor variations.
A library, to modify the famous metaphor of Socrates, should be the delivery room for the birth of ideas — a place where history comes to life.Norman Cousins: American Library Association Bulletin (Oct 1954)
The old "red in tooth and claw" view of the natural economy has to be updated. We need a new metaphor for the forest, one that helps us visualize plants both sharing and competing. ... Evolution's engine is fired by genetic self-interest, but this manifests itself in cooperative action as well as solo selfishness. The natural economy has as many trade unions as robber barons, as much solidarity as individualistic entrepreneurship.David George Haskell, The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature, "December 3rd — Litter," (2012), p. 228-9
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
If you're gonna use simile , analogy, metaphor , be descriptive and have some flowery adjectives and a few odd nouns and some engaging bits of dialogue or sentiment , then you're sort of writing a novel , really. But rock lyrics are not really known for their sophistication .Ian Anderson, in Ian Anderson chats about 'Thick As A Brick 2': For whom the bell Tulls (3 July 2013).
Most music is metaphor, but Wolff is not. I am not metaphor either. Parable, maybe. Cage is sermon.morton feldman: Quoted in Remembrance by Tom Johnson (September 1987)
It appears to me that the subject of music, from Machaut to Boulez, has always been its construction. Melodies of 12-tone rows just don't happen. They must be constructed....To demonstrate any formal idea in music, whether structure or stricture, is a matter of construction, in which the methodology is the controlling metaphor of the composition...Only by 'unfixing' the elements traditionally used to construct a piece of music could the sounds exist in themselves--not as symbols, or memories which were memories of other music to begin with.morton feldman: quoted in Classic Essays on Twentieth-Century Music, ISBN 0028645812
To me, I took a militant attitude towards sounds. I wanted sounds to be a metaphor, that they could be as free as a human being might be free. That was my idea about sound. It still is, that they should breathe ... not to be used for the vested interest of an idea. I feel that music should have no vested interests, that you shouldn't know how it's made, that you shouldn't know if there's a system, that you shouldn't know anything about it ... except that it's some kind of life force that to some degree really changes your life ... if you're into it.morton feldman: Quoted in a 1976 interview, published in Desert Plants by Walter Zimmermann.
It seems clear that the Bible belongs to an area of language in which metaphor is functional, and were we have to surrender precision for flexibility.Northrop Frye: Chapter Three, p. 56
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: Chapter 8, p. 224
'Judas' is a metaphor and an analogy about forgiveness and betrayal and things that haunt you in your life, and how I believe that it's the darkness in your life that ultimately shines and illuminates the greater light that you have upon you. … Someone once said to me, 'If you have no shadows then you're not standing in the light.' So the song is about washing the feet of both good and evil, and understanding and forgiving the demons from your past in order to move into the greatness of your future … I just like really aggressive metaphors — harder, thicker, darker — and my fans do as well. So it is a very challenging and aggressive metaphor, but it is a metaphor."lady gaga: Lady Gaga Says 'Judas' Video 'Celebrates Faith' in MTV News (26 Apr 26 2011)