Quotations About / On: METAPHOR
All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.
(Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. The Defendant, "A Defence of Slang," (1901).)
Science is all metaphor.
(Timothy Leary (b. 1920), U.S. psychologist. interview, Sept. 24, 1980. Contemporary Authors, vol. 107 (1983).)
Metaphors are much more tenacious than facts.
(Paul Deman (1919-1983), Belgian-born U.S. literary critic. "Semiology And Rhetoric," pt. 1, ch. 1, Allegories of Reading (1979).)
Poetry has become the higher algebra of metaphors.
(José Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955), Spanish essayist, philosopher. "More About the Dehumanization of Art," The Dehumanization of Art (1925).)
Metaphors convince at once or not at all.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Second Selection, New York (1985).)
A good metaphor is something even the police should keep an eye on.
(G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook E," aph. 91, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).)
The simile sets two ideas side by side; in the metaphor they become superimposed.
(F.L. Lucas (1894-1967), critic, poet. Style, ch. 9, Macmillan (1955).)
... we all of us, grave or light, get our thoughts entangled in metaphors, and act fatally on the strength of them ...
(George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist. Middlemarch, ch. 10 (1871-1872).)
Writers who have nothing to say always strain for metaphors to say it in.
(Florence King (b. 1936), U.S. humorist, essayist, social critic. The Florence King Reader, New York, St. Martin's Press (1995).
review of Erica Jong, Parachutes & Kisses, Newsday (Oct. 14, 1984).)
Often in winter the end of the day is like the final metaphor in a poem celebrating death: there is no way out.
(Agustin Gomez-Arcos (b. 1939), Spanish author. A Bird Burned Alive, ch. 1 (1988).)