Metaphor Quotes

Most popular metaphor quotes

The coldest word was once a glowing new metaphor.
Yesterday's daring metaphors are today's clichés.
All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.
Metaphor is the lifeblood of all art, if it is not art itself.


Scratch the simplest expressions, and you will find the metaphor.
The metaphor is probably the most fertile power possessed by man.
Metaphors  have a way of holding the most truth in the least space.
An idea is a feat of association, and the height of it is a good metaphor.


A metaphor is both detour and destination, a digression that gets to the point.


If a picture is worth a thousand words, a metaphor is worth a thousand pictures.
The highest stretch of improvement a single word is capable of, is a high metaphor.
There are few things as toxic as a bad metaphor.  You can't think without metaphors.
Metaphor is the energy charge that leaps between images, revealing their connections.
Everything is arbitrary except metaphor, which detects the essential kinship of all things.
Metaphor relies on what has been experienced before; it transforms the strange into the familiar.
All of us, grave or light, get our thoughts entangled in metaphors, and act fatally on the strength of them.
I love metaphor.  It provides two loaves where there seems to be one. Sometimes it throws in a load of fish.
If I were to give off-the-cuff advice to anyone trying to institute change, I would say, "How clear is the metaphor?"


I love metaphor the way some people love junk food.  I think metaphorically, I feel metaphorically, see metaphorically.
We are a people captivated by the power and romance of metaphor, forever seeking the invisible through the image of the visible.
A noble metaphor, when it is placed to an advantage, casts a kind of glory around it, and darts a luster through a whole sentence.
The metaphor is a shorter simile, or rather a kind of magical coat, by which the same idea assumes a thousand different appearances.
Late last night, upon the stair
I metaphor that wasn't there.
But if it's not there, how can I quote it?
"AHA!" I told myself—and wrote it.
Metaphors are the diplomats of rhetoric; they lead you urbanely to the brink, but it is you who states some unique conclusion to your own discovering self.
Half the wrong conclusions at which mankind arrive are reached by the abuse of metaphors, and by mistaking general resemblance of imaginary similarity for real identity.
When we are caught in conceptual traps, the best exit is often a change in metaphor...because we need a shift to more fruitful perspectives, and metaphor is often the best agent of conceptual transition.
I would like him to use certain words in a metaphorical sense, whenever it is appropriate, putting them to novel use like a gardener grafting a branch on to a healthier trunk, and so increasing their attractiveness and beauty.
The greatest thing by far is to be a master of metaphor.  It is the one thing that cannot be learned from others; and it is also a sign of genius, since a good metaphor implies an intuitive perception of the similarity in dissimilars.
Effective metaphor does more than shed light on the two things being compared. It actually brings to the mind's eye something that has never before been seen. It's not just the marriage ceremony linking two things; it's the child born from the union.
Metaphors and similes (puns, too, I might add) extend the dimensions and expand the possibilities of the world.  When both innovative and relevant, they can wake up a reader, make him or her aware, through elasticity of verbiage, that reality—in our daily lives as well as in our stories—is less prescribed than tradition has led us to believe.

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