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'.
I think the Cold War works as a great analogy or simile for different kinds of conflict . It's funny, when you look back at it, it's one of the last times that the boundaries were clear. Now, as we see on 'Homeland,' there are no clear boundaries and enemies.Matthew Rhys, in The Americans: Matthew Rhys on Cold War Intrigue (5 FEBRUARY 2013)
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).
He had gone beyond the world of metaphor and simile into the place of things that are, and it was changing him.neil gaiman: Chapter 16
These two attitudes, the attitude of deifying mere efficiency, mere success , without regard to the moral qualities lying behind it, and the attitude of disregarding efficiency, disregarding practical results, are the Scylla and Charybdis between which every earnest reformer, every politician who desires to make the name of his profession a term of honor instead of shame , must steer. He must avoid both under penalty of wreckage, and it avails him nothing to have avoided one, if he founders on the other. People are apt to speak as if in political life, public life, it ought to be a mere case of striving upward striving toward a high peak. The simile is inexact. Every man who is striving to do good public work is traveling along a ridge crest, with the gulf of failure on each side the gulf of inefficiency on the one side, the gulf of unrighteousness on the other.Theodore Roosevelt, in "Latitude and Longitude among Reformers" in the "Century" (June 1900), later in The Strenuous Life : Essays and Addresses (1900)
I can never look now at the Milky Way without wondering from which of those banked clouds of stars the emissaries are coming. If you will pardon so commonplace a simile, we have set off the fire alarm and have nothing to do but to wait. I do not think we will have to wait for longarthur c. clarke: "The Sentinel" (1948), originally titled "Sentinel of Eternity" this is the short story which later provided the fundamental ideas for 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) written by Clarke and Stanley Kubrick.
In somma, in fuor che non è sì gentile, L’uomo, là, in tutto a femmina è simile.niccolò forteguerri: XII, 47.Translation: In fine, save only that he’s not so fair,
He [ Ezekiel ] further says, "As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of the rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory," (i. 28). The substance and the true essence of the bow described here is well known. The simile and comparison is in this case very extraordinary, and is undoubtedly part of the prophecy; and note it well.maimonides: Ch.7 (Part III)
To borrow a simile from the football field, we believe that men must play fair, but that there must be no shirking, and that the success can only come to the player who hits the line hard.theodore roosevelt: Sagamore Hill, Oyster Bay, NY, October 1897
A simile committing suicide is always a depressing spectacle.oscar wilde: "The Poets' Corner III," The Pall Mall Gazette (May 30, 1887).
The universe is a thought of God. After this ideal thought-fabric passed out into reality, and the new-born world fulfilled the plan of its Creator permit me to use this human simile the first duty of all thinking beings has been to retrace the original design in this great reality; to find the principle in the mechanism, the unity in the compound, the law in the phenomenon, and to pass back from the structure to its primitive foundation. Accordingly to me there is only one appearance in nature the thinking being. The great compound called the world is only remarkable to me because it is present to shadow forth symbolically the manifold expressions of that being. All in me and out of me is only the hieroglyph of a power which is like to me. The laws of nature are the cyphers which the thinking mind adds on to make itself understandable to intelligence the alphabet by means of which all spirits communicate with the most perfect Spirit and with one another. Harmony, truth, order, beauty, excellence, give me joy, because they transport me into the active state of their author, of their possessor, because they betray the presence of a rational and feeling Being, and let me perceive my relationship with that Being.friedrich von schiller: Letter 4: Theosophy of Julius, Variant portion: "The universe is one of God's thoughts".
In somma, in fuor che non è sì gentile, L’uomo, là, in tutto a femmina è simile.XII, 47.
Contented I sit with my pint and my pipe, Puffing sorrow and care far away, And surely the brow of grief nothing can wipe, Like smoking and moist'ning our clay; * * * * * For tho' at my simile many may joke, Man is but a pipe and his life but smoke.Content and a Pipe. Old ballad.
Nullum simile quatuor pedibus currit.It is not easy to make a simile go on all-fours.
Silent, grim, colossal, the Big City has ever stood against its revilers. They call it hard as iron; they say that nothing of pity beats in its bosom; they compare its streets with lonely forests and deserts of lava. But beneath the hard crust of the lobster is found a delectable and luscious food. Perhaps a different simile would have been wiser. Still nobody should take offence. We would call nobody a lobster with good and sufficient claws.O. Henry, Between Rounds. In Four Million.