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Metaphor Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Metaphor

Please enjoy these Metaphor Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

God is a metaphor for that which transcends
all levels of intellectual thought.
It's as simple as that.
- Joseph Campbell

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The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery,
a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a
spring of capital truths,
and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in us.
- Paul Valery

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

I heard my name associated with the Peter Pan syndrome more than once.
But really, what's so wrong with Peter Pan? Peter Pan flies.
He is a metaphor for dreams and faith.
- Mark Burnett

 

The whole concept of the devil is a metaphor on one level.
- Taylor Hackford

The fundamental sense of freedom is freedom from chains,
from imprisonment, from enslavement by others.
The rest is extension of this sense,
or else metaphor.
- Isaiah Berlin

Their scrambled attention spans struck me as a metaphor
for the way we get our doses of reality these days.
- Bill Griffith

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I think that we give the impression,
to carry on your metaphor,
that we go a little faster than we actually do.
I'm fairly lazy so I'm always interested in slowing down.
- Ashley Judd

Poetry teaches us music, metaphor, condensation and specificity.
- Walter Mosley

All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

The strangest thing that human speech and human writing
can do is create a metaphor.
That is an amazing leap, is it not?
- Dennis Potter

Science always uses metaphor.
- James Lovelock

God is a metaphor for that which trancends all levels of intellectual thought.
It's as simple as that.
- Joseph Campbell

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

Language is memory and metaphor.
- Storm Jameson

There are few things as toxic as a bad metaphor.
You can't think without metaphors.
- Mary Catherine Bateson

I had then and still retain an interest in science
for its own sake and as a metaphor for our current lives.
- Peter Hammill

But in fact if you look at film as a metaphor,
only through the negative can you have the positive print.
What I'm trying to get to is the positive value of negation.
- Godfrey Reggio

Unregulated competition is a naive metaphor for anarchy.
- John Ralston Saul

When I can't talk sense, I talk metaphor.
- John Philpot Curran

Unlike metaphor, metonymy does not try to fuse images together.
- Thomas Harrison

Metaphor is embodied in language.
- Dennis Potter

I'm not interested in a film about golf but I am interested in golf as a metaphor.
- Robert Redford

Science is all metaphor.
- Timothy Leary

You can't completely control the sport -
Tiger Woods comes close.
The test is against yourself and nature's own way.
I find golf a particularly good metaphor for this story.
- Robert Redford

Sports is a metaphor for overcoming obstacles and achieving against great odds.
Athletes, in times of difficulty, can be important role models.
- Bill Bradley

It became a metaphor for the lives of the people in
this film and for the Old West,
for the abandonment that occurred in the early part of the 20th century.
- Dwight Yoakam

The fatal metaphor of progress, which means leaving things behind us,
has utterly obscured the real idea of growth,
which means leaving things inside us.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Quest is at the heart of what I do-the holy grail,
and the terror that you'll never find it,
seemed a perfect metaphor for life.
- Jeanette Winterson

In this metaphor we actually have a picture of the computational universe,
a metaphor which I hope to make scientifically precise
as part of a research program.
- Seth Lloyd

The metaphor of Exodus is one that has dogged the Jews from the outset.
Their very success attracts resentment.
- Jack Schwartz

Some say Hollywood movies that are made about boxing
are just metaphors for other things,
I think I've made one that's actually about boxing and not a metaphor.
- Walter Hill

Metaphors are dangerous.
Love begins with a metaphor.
Which is to say, love begins at the point when a woman
enters her first word into our poetic memory.
- Milan Kundera

The metaphor is perhaps one of man's most fruitful potentialities.
Its efficacy verges on magic, and it seems a tool for
creation which God forgot inside one of His creatures when He made him.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset

I wanted to define the vocabulary of a wedding both
visually and intellectually.
The book is about more than weddings or wedding dresses.
It's a metaphor for women's lives, their creativity.
- Vera Wang

I am heartbroken that this movie would cause anyone pain.
It should be a source of joy.
The story is a metaphor about how we try to stay in our own little bubbles,
we don't let life in, we don't take the journey.
- Swoosie Kurtz

I would suggest, merely as a metaphor here,
but also as the basis for a scientific program to investigate
the computational capacity of the universe,
that this is also a reasonable explanation for why the universe is complex.
- Seth Lloyd

It's possible to take that as a personal metaphor and
then multiply it to a people,
a race, a sex, a time.
If we can keep this thing going long enough,
if we can survive and teach what we know,
we'll make it.
- Audre Lorde

Maybe we can use a metaphor for it, out of dance.
I think for many years I was aware of the need,
in dance and in life, to breathe deeply and to take
in more air than we usually take in.
- Sharon Olds

The metaphor of the king as the shepherd of his people
goes back to ancient Egypt.
Perhaps the use of this particular convention is due to the fact that,
being stupid, affectionate, gregarious,
and easily stampeded, the societies formed by sheep
are most like human ones.
- Northrop Frye

If we are a metaphor of the universe,
the human couple is the metaphor par excellence,
the point of intersection of all forces and the seed of all forms.
The couple is time recaptured, the return to the time before time.
- Octavio Paz

Sport is a wonderful metaphor for life.
Of all the sports that I played - skiing,
baseball, fishing - there is no greater example than golf,
because you're playing against yourself and nature.
- Robert Redford

Flower was a good metaphor for growth.
The song is obviously about sexual responsibility,
so that was the main metaphor.
Also, it's like knowing who someone has been and remembering and appreciating that,
but really appreciating what they are now even more.
- Jody Watley

I couldn't have come up with a better metaphor for
my life and my internal conflict.
It amazes me how quickly we can manifest our fears;
not only had I created my 'I'm never satisfied,
I'll drive her away' nightmare.
- Kenny Loggins

The Olympics are a wonderful metaphor for world cooperation,
the kind of international competition that's wholesome and healthy,
an interplay between countries that represents the best in all of us.
- John Williams

The cartoon is a metaphor really for the fact that
it's almost impossible in our celebrity obsessed culture
to move around genres and sort of change you ideas,
change your face, you know?
- Damon Albarn

The Holocaust is a central event in many people's lives,
but it also has become a metaphor for our century.
There cannot be an end to speaking and writing about it.
Besides, in Israel, everyone carries a biography deep inside him.
- Aharon Appelfeld

Key metaphors help determine what and how we perceive
and how we think about our perceptions.
- M. H. Abrams

Metaphors are much more tenacious than facts.
- Paul de Man

Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space.
- Orson Scott Card

People who speak in metaphors should shampoo my crotch.
- Jack Nicholson

The family is changing, not disappearing.
We have to broaden our understanding of it,
look for the new metaphors.
- Mary Catherine Bateson

Writers who have nothing to say always strain for metaphors to say it in.
- Florence King

It is also difficult to articulate the subtleties in cinema,
because there aren't words or metaphors which describe
many of the emotions you are attempting to evoke.
- Conrad Hall

The vampires have always been metaphors for me.
They've always been vehicles through which I can express things I have felt very,
very deeply.
- Anne Rice

We are such materialists that all our metaphors are going to be material.
- J. T. Walsh

Again, one of the problems I have with television,
as I mentioned before, is it's trivial in many ways,
and I think that a lot of folks out there are looking
for new metaphors and new ways of thinking about things.
- J. Michael Straczynski

Every religion is true one way or another.
It is true when understood metaphorically.
But when it gets stuck in its own metaphors,
interpreting them as facts, then you are in trouble.
- Joseph Campbell

While one man can discover a certain thing by himself,
another is never able to understand it,
even if taught by means of all possible expressions and metaphors,
and during a long period; his mind can in no way grasp it,
his capacity is insufficient for it.
- Maimonides

There is no more reason why the features belonging
to a picture should be distorted for the purpose of
such imaginative suggestion than that the poet's metaphors
should spoil his words for the ordinary uses of man.
- William H. Hunt

No one bothered reading the books and understanding -
and again,
I'm not being high-falutin' about it -
but I think our books are great literature with great
metaphors of real life dealing with fears and hopes.
- Avi Arad

The key to forgiveness is to forgive from the heart -
not from the mind.
- Sheri Rosenthal

Better learn balance. Balance is key.
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

Free-Will is the key to the prison of the mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Better learn balance. Balance is key.
Balance good, karate good. Everything good.
Balance bad, better pack up, go home. Understand?
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

I don't know the meaning of life,
but I know compassion is the key.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Prayer is the key of the morning
and the bolt of the evening.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence -
is the key to unlocking our potential.
- Winston Churchill

The key to everything is patience.
You get the chicken by hatching the egg,
not by smashing it open.
- Arnold H. Glasgow

The key to success, and to happiness,
is being fully engaged in life -
leading yourself with inspiration and committed action -
setting your own fine and honorable example.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I don't know the key to success,
but the key to failure is to try to please everyone.
- Bill Cosby


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