Metaphor Quotes

Tahereh Mafi

I'm oxygen and he's dying to breathe.

Mother Teresa

I'm a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world.

Matt Groening

Love is a snowmobile racing across the tundra and then suddenly it flips over, pinning you underneath. At night, the ice weasels come.

Jim Butcher

Life is a journey. Time is a river. The door is ajar. Jim Butcher
Life is a journey. Time is a river. The door is ajar

Charlotte Eriksson

I was running and deliberately lost my way. The world far off and nothing but my breath and the very next step and it’s like hypnosis. The feeling of conquering my own aliveness with no task but to keep going, making every way the right away and that’s a metaphor for everything.

Northrop Frye

The poet, however, uses these two crude, primitive, archaic forms of thought (simile and metaphor) in the most uninhibited way, because his job is not to describe nature, but to show you a world completely absorbed and possessed by the human mind.

Brandi L. Bates

A writer will divine a metaphor from a pattern on a dress, or a gesture, because sunsets have been done before.

Mark Nepo

I was born with the ability to see in metaphor.

Neil Postman

A metaphor is not an ornament. It is an organ of perception. Through metaphors, we see the world as one thing or another.

H.L. Mencken

Happiness is the china shop; love is the bull.

Mae West

She's the kind of girl who climbed the ladder of success wrong by wrong.

Khaled Hosseini

People say that eyes are windows to the soul.

Truman Capote

Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act.

E.M. Forster

Life' wrote a friend of mine, 'is a public performance on the violin, in which you must learn the instrument as you go along.

Sarah Dessen

But what he didn't understand was that this dreamland was preferable,walking through this life half-sleeping,everything at arm's length or farther away.
I understood those mermaids.I didn't care if they sang to me.All I wanted was to block out all the human voices as they called me name again and again,pulling me upward into light,to drown.

Neil Gaiman

Know that diamonds and roses are as uncomfortable when they tumble from one's lips as toads and frogs: colder, too, and sharper, and they cut.

Aniekee Tochukwu

Blessed are the doubters: for they shall not be easily fooled.. Aniekee Tochukwu
Blessed are the doubters: for they shall not be easily fooled.

Truman Capote

Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely.

Patrick Jones

The nail that sticks out farthest gets hammered the hardest.

Nenia Campbell

Once a flower is picked it immediately begins to die.

Laini Taylor

He danced with the sky instead, and the sky dropped him like a rotten plum.

Lee Argus

Where death follows, there’s life. When darkness surrounds you in a world of chaos, search and you’ll eventually find the light.

Jennifer Donnelly

Hope is the crystal meth of emotions. It hooks you fast and kills you hard.

Siri Hustvedt

I will turn human anatomy into roses and stars and sea. I will dissect the beloveds body in metaphor.

Osip Mandelstam

Where to start?
Everything cracks and shakes,
The air trembles with similes,
No one world's better than another;
the earth moans with metaphors.

Bob Mitchley

unless you're the lead dog the view never changes...

mercy out does justice every time:
always find your way back home/

Antonio R. Damasio

...I sense that stepping into the light is also a powerful metaphor for consciousness, for the birth of the knowing mind, for the simple and yet momentous coming of the sense of self into the world of the mental.

Thomm Quackenbush

My faith is a tool I employ, a metaphorical context I find apt, but it is inert until placed in a hand that needs it.

Fred Van Lente

Myths, legends and stories are the signposts previous generations have left us so we don't have to figure out our own personal journey in solitude!

They have to be metaphorical, because their interpretation will be different for each individual life!

Martin Luther

They are trying to make me into a fixed star. I am an irregular planet.

Lisa Genova

The well-being of a neuron depends on its ability to communicate with other neurons. Studies have shown that electrical and chemical stimulation from both a neuron's inputs and its targets support vital cellular processes. Neurons unable to connect effectively with other neurons atrophy. Useless, an abandoned neuron will die.

Annie Dillard

Geography is the key, the crucial accident of birth. A piece of protein could be a snail, a sea lion, or a systems analyst, but it had to start somewhere. This is not science; it is merely metaphor. And the landscape in which the protein "starts" shapes its end as surely as bowls shape water.

Brian Greene

If string theory is right, the microscopic fabric of our universe is a richly intertwined multidimensional labyrinth within which the strings of the universe endlessly twist and vibrate, rhythmically beating out the laws of the cosmos.

Brian Greene

…The wonders of life and the universe are mere reflections of microscopic particles engaged in a pointless dance fully choreographed by the laws of physics.

Mohlalefi J Motsima

wen thectaste of my own medicine is given to me results into silent treatment,its not bitter therefore i enjoy the medicine i gave you too.

Virginia Woolf

Books are the mirrors of the soul.

Raymond Chandler

It was a smooth silvery voice that matched her hair. It had a tiny tinkle in it, like bells in a doll's house. I thought that was silly as soon as I thought of it.

Mohlalefi J Motsima

i do not give a sh*t, the toilet miss me now

Robert McKee

Story is metaphor for life and life is lived in time.

Lauren Oliver

The hours here are flat and round, disks of gray layered one on top of the other...they move slowly, at a grind, until it seems as though they are not moving at all. They are just pressing down...

Ryan Lilly

The heart pointed to the brain and said with great disdain, “Those who live their lives in here live the lives most full of fear.

Henry David Thoreau

Perhaps these pages are more particularly addressed to poor students. As for the rest of my readers, they will accept such portions as apply to them. I trust that none will stretch the seams in putting on the coat, for it may do good service to him whom it fits.

William Shakespeare

When the devout religion of mine eye
Maintains such falsehood, then turn tears to fires,
And these, who, often drowned, could never die,
Transparent heretics, be burnt for liars!
One fairer than my love? The all-seeing sun
Ne'er saw her match since first the world begun.

Audre Lorde

Dark-bright fire lit eyes

Haruki Murakami

I watched the moon alone, unable to share his cold beauty with anyone.

Keith Hollihan

It’s comforting to me,” he added, “that beauty can come from violence, if only in metaphor.

Geoffrey Wood

The Americans’ great wealth (and their great love for it) makes it precisely the appropriate metaphor. Supply and Demand as a principle has permeated their minds. As a practice, it stains all the way down to their souls.

Nenia Campbell

Maybe that was why the French called orgasms “las petites morts”: because the things that bring us passion tend to slip past our defenses, to creep insidiously into every facet of our consciousnesses and kill us as ruthlessly, and efficiently, as any drug.

Michael Chabon

His body had almost no hair and his naked little circumcised johnson was nearly as pale as the rest of him, white as a boy's - perhaps over time one's genitals emerge from the pots and bubbling vats of love permanently stained, like the hands of a wool dyer.

Nenia Campbell

Butt holes are like a one-way street; they were made the way they were for a reason.

Marisha Pessl

She was lost now, she'd been silenced- another dead branch on Cordova's warped tree.

Ashly Lorenzana

Trees lose their leaves in blizzards like these.

Wallace Stevens

Reality is a cliché from which we escape by metaphor.

Sol Luckman

The beauty of a metaphor is it doesn't have to be real to ring true. The instant a metaphor becomes true it ceases to be a metaphor, which suggests a disconnect between truth and what's commonly referred to as reality.

Peter Shaffer

If London is a watercolor, New York is an oil painting.

Robert Hughes

What has our culture lost in 1980 that the avant-garde had in 1890? Ebullience, idealism, confidence, the belief that there was plenty of territory to explore, and above all the sense that art, in the most disinterested and noble way, could find the necessary metaphors by which a radically changing culture could be explained to its inhabitants.

Andy Biersack

When people hurt you over and over, think of them like sandpaper. They may scratch and hurt you a bit, but in the end you end up polished and they end up useless.

Richard Kadrey

Memories are bullets. Some whiz by and only spook you. Others tear you open and leave you in pieces.

Matthew Woodring Stover

Suffering is the fuel in the engine of civilization."


Yann Martel

Time and sunshine healed a sore, but the process was slow, and new boils appeared if I didn't stay dry.

Rick Yancey

I am a shark. A shark who dreamed he was a man.

Mackenzie Herbert

But that’s life right? It’s just a shitty hand of cards. But then maybe somebody pulls out an Ace, and somebody else gets a four, or a ten. It’s all in the draw and how you play it.

Adam Foulds

The world is a room of heavy furniture. Eventually you are allowed to leave.

Maddy Kobar

Birds shouldn't be able to find tears
They are the definition of freedom

Vera Nazarian

If Music is a Place - then Jazz is the City, Folk is the Wilderness, Rock is the Road, Classical is a Temple.

M. Thomas Gammarino

The verse is supposed to get you hard so the chorus can suck you off.

Richard Powers

And then the finale, its four modest notes. Do, re, fa, mi: half a jumbled scale. Too simple to be called invented. But the thing spills out into the world like one of those African antelopes that fall from the womb, still wet with afterbirth but already running.

Kelby Losack

Acoustics reverberate inside of Lucy Anna, bouncing off her walls and slamming against her bars. Harmonic prison.

Bryant A. Loney

This jeweled coast does not shine for its gems are coated with grit.

Dorothea Rosa Herliany

putriku menaiki lidah petir.
membangunkan setiap raksasa malas.
mengejarnya hingga sudutsudut kebun hidup.
menggambar pertentangan dan kehancuran.

José Ortega Y Gasset

The metaphor is probably the most fertile power possessed by man

Tommy Cotton

Guilt is the toothache of the soul.

Antonia Michaelis

That cloak of love you were wearing - he’s torn it to shreds, undoing the seams of trust that held it together. How can you ever wear those shreds?

Neil Gaiman

It symbolizes a spear, and in this sorry world the symbol is the thing.

Antisthenes Pinto

As iron is eaten away by rust, so the envious are consumed by their own passion.

Michael Bassey Johnson

Determination is learning to form a habit, and never breaking it in future.

Simon J. Townley

It's a mind, it works by metaphor.

Pierre Bourdieu

The mind is a metaphor of the world of objects.

Julian Jaynes

Subjective conscious mind is an analog of what is called the real world. It is built up with a vocabulary or lexical field whose terms are all metaphors or analogs of behavior in the physical world…concrete metaphors increase enormously our powers of perception of the world about us and our understanding of it, and literally create new objects.

Caroline B. Cooney

She was a mind floating in an ocean of confusion.

Catherine Lacey

I tried to pick the burned ones from the bowl but I didn't get many of them because I didn't make much of an effort, and even though I was taking the burned ones out because they weren't edible, I ate them because, at the moment, I thought it would be better if everyone learned to consume their own mistakes.

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