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"[By the end, the baseball metaphors of the early hearing had given way to gambling analogies. Schumer one-upped Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.), who had declared that senators were] rolling the dice with you, Judge. ... This isn't just rolling the dice. It's betting the whole house."

metaphor quote by Charles Schumer

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"A poem records emotions and moods that lie beyond normal language, that can only be patched together and hinted at metaphorically."

metaphor quote by Diane Ackerman

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"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."

metaphor quote by Octavio Paz

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"Good ride, cowboy. What a good metaphor for life."

metaphor quote by Bob Doyle

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"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."

metaphor quote by Jose Ortega y Gasset

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"All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry."

metaphor quote by Gilbert K. Chesterton

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"...exaggerated turns of speech conceal mediocre affections: as if the fulness of the soul might not sometimes overflow in the emptiest of metaphors, since no one, ever, can give the exact measurements of his needs, nor of his conceptions, nor of his sufferings, and the human word is like a cracked cauldron upon which we beat out melodies fit for making bears dance when we are trying to move the stars to pity."

metaphor quote by Gustave Flaubert

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"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."

metaphor quote by Norman Cousins

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"A metaphor is like a simile."

metaphor quote by Anonymous

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"All slang is a metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry."

metaphor quote by G. K. Chesterton

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"Ever since we crawled out of that primordial slime, that's been our unifying cry, More light. Sunlight. Torchlight. Candlight. Neon, incandescent lights that banish the darkness from our caves to illuminate our roads, the insides of our refrigerators. Big floods for the night games at Soldier's field. Little tiny flashlights for those books we read under the covers when we're supposed to be asleep. Light is more than watts and footcandles. Light is metaphor. Light is knowledge, light is life, light is light."

metaphor quote by Andrew Schneider

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"Imagine a school with children that can read or write, but with teachers who cannot, and you have a metaphor of the Information Age in which we live."

metaphor quote by Peter Cochrane

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"LOVE: A word properly applied to our delight in particular kinds of food; sometimes metaphorically spoken of the favorite objects of all our appetites."

metaphor quote by Henry Fielding

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"Metaphors are the weapons of cowards."

metaphor quote by Jose Raul Bernardo

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

metaphor quote by Mary Catherine Bateson

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"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."

metaphor quote by Gilbert K. Chesterton

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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."

metaphor quote by Paul Valery

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"The moral immune system of this country has been weakened and attacked, and the AIDS virus is the perfect metaphor for it. The malignant neglect of the last twelve years has led to breakdown of our country's immune system, environmentally, culturally, politically, spiritually and physically."

metaphor quote by Barbra Streisand

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"The recognition that no knowledge can be complete, no metaphor entire, is itself humanizing. It counteracts fanaticism. It grants even to adversaries the possibility of partial truth, and to oneself the possibility of error."

metaphor quote by Alvin Toffler

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"The world is emblematic. Parts of speech are metaphors because the whole of nature is a metaphor of the human mind."

metaphor quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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"To the Nahuas, words were flowers, metaphors that gave birth to thoughts and actions."

metaphor quote by Jose Antonio Burciaga

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"To write or even speak English is not a science but an art. There are no reliable words. Whoever writes English is involved in a struggle that never lets up even for a sentence. He is struggling against vagueness, against obscurity, against the lure of the decorative adjective, against the encroachment of Latin and Greek, and, above all, against the worn-out phrases and dead metaphors with which the language is cluttered up."

metaphor quote by George Orwell

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"Tomas did not realize at the time that metaphors are dangerous. Metaphors are not to be trifled with. A single metaphor can give birth to love."

metaphor quote by Milan Kundera

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"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."

metaphor quote by Maimonides

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"We all start out with the same alphabet. We are all unique. Talent is not the most important thing --- discipline and dedication are. Craft can be learned but desire and longing are innate. Despite the demands of school and just being young, try to write SOMETHING every day --- a description, a captured emotion, a simile, a metaphor. Read, for crying out loud! A writer must read the way a ball player must go to the ballfield every day to practice. Everything is possible in this world of ours--- and so's publication."

metaphor quote by Robert Cormier

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"A good metaphor is something even the police should keep an eye on."

metaphor quote by G. C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg

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"Consider a man riding a bicycle. Whoever he is, we can say three things about him. We know he got on the bicycle and started to move. We know that at some point he will stop and get off. Most important of all, we know that if at any point between the beginning and the end of his journey he stops moving and does not get off the bicycle he will fall off it. That is a metaphor for the journey through life of any living thing, and I think of any society of living things."

metaphor quote by William Golding

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"Metaphors are much more tenacious than facts."

metaphor quote by Paul De Man

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"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."

metaphor quote by Norman Cousins

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"I think people who speak in metaphores should shampoo my crotch."

metaphor quote by As good as it gets

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"Music, because of its specific and far-reaching metaphorical powers, can name the unnamable and communicate the unknowable."

metaphor quote by Leonard Bernstein

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"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."

metaphor quote by Northrop Frye

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"Science is all metaphor."

metaphor quote by Timothy Leary

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"Wherever a story comes from, whether it is a familiar myth or a private memory, the retelling exemplifies the making of a connection from one pattern to another: a potential translation in which narrative becomes parable and the once upon a time comes to stand for some renascent truth. This approach applies to all the incidents of everyday life: the phrase in the newspaper, the endearing or infuriating game of a toddler, the misunderstanding at the office. Our species thinks in metaphors and learns through stories."

metaphor quote by Mary Catherine Bateson

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"Life, as the most ancient of all metaphors insists, is a journey; and the travel book, in its deceptive simulation of the journey's fits and starts, rehearses life's own fragmentation. More even than the novel, it embraces the contingency of things."

metaphor quote by Jonathan Raban

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"Translation is entirely mysterious. Increasingly I have felt that the art of writing is itself translating, or more like translating than it is like anything else. What is the other text, the original? I have no answer. I suppose it is the source, the deep sea where ideas swim, and one catches them in nets of words and swings them shining into the boat... where in this metaphor they die and get canned and eaten in sandwiches."

metaphor quote by Ursula K. LeGuin

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"Reality is a cliche from which we escape by metaphor."

metaphor quote by Wallace Stevens

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"'Money talks' because money is a metaphor, a transfer, and a bridge. Like words and language, money is a storehouse of communally achieved wor..."

metaphor quote by Marshall McLuhan

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"I can entertain the proposition that life is a metaphor for boxing—for one of those bouts that go on and on, round following round, jabs, mi..."

metaphor quote by Joyce Carol Oates

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"Imagination could hardly do without metaphor, for imagination is, literally, the moving around in one's mind of images, and such images tend c..."

metaphor quote by Robert A. Nisbet

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"Wit is often concise and sparkling, compressed into an original pun or metaphor. Brevity is said to be its soul. Humor can be more leisurely, ..."

metaphor quote by Thomas Munro

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