I Never Metaphor I Didn't Like : A Comprehensive Compilation of History's Greatest Analogies, Metaphors, and Similes

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  • Copyright: 2010-03-15
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications
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The murals in restaurants are on a par with the food in museums.America is an enormous frosted cupcake in the middle of millions of starving people.Critics are like pigs at the pastry cart.Describing something by relating it to another thing is the essence of metaphorical thought. It is one of the oldest activities of humankind-and one of the most impressive when done skillfully. Throughout history, many masters of metaphor have crafted observations that are so spectacular they have taken up a permanent residence in our minds.In I Never Metaphor I Didn't Like, quotation maven Dr. Mardy Grothe fixes his attention on the three superstars of figurative language-analogies, metaphors, and similes. The result is an extraordinary compilation of nearly 2,000 feats of association that will entertain, educate, and occasionally inspire quotation lovers everywhere.In this intellectual smorgasbord, the author of Oxymoronica and Viva la Repartee explains figurative language in a refreshingly down-to-earth way before taking readers on a tour of history's greatest word pictures. In chapters on wit, love, sex, stage and screen, insults, politics, sports, and more, you will find quotations from Aristotle and Maya Angelou to George Washington and Oprah Winfrey.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
An Ice-Axe for the Frozen Sea Within (Life-Altering Metaphors)p. 21
Reserved Seats at a Banquet of Consequences (The Human Condition)p. 40
Humor Is the Shock Absorber of Life (Wit & Humor)p. 60
The Lights May Be on, but Nobody's Home (Insults & Criticism)p. 79
Enclosing Wild Ideas Within a Wall of Words (Definitive Metaphors)p. 100
Life Is the Art of Drawing Without an Eraser (Life)p. 117
A Relationship Is Like a Shark (Relationships)p. 138
Love Is an Exploding Cigar We Willingly Smoke (Love)p. 157
Marriage Is a Souvenir of Love (Marriage, Home & Family Life)p. 179
Sex Is an Emotion in Motion (Sex)p. 200
Old & Young, We Are All on Our Last Cruise (Ages & Stages of Life)p. 218
An Actor Is a God in Captivity (Stage & Screen)p. 236
Washington, D.C., Is to Lying What Wisconsin Is to Cheese (Politics)p. 254
Sports Is the Toy Department of Life (Sports)p. 274
Writing Is the Manual Labor of the Mind (The Literary Life)p. 292
Acknowledgmentsp. 315
Indexp. 317
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