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

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

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

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

by Mardy Grothe

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Overview

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.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061358135
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication date: 08/05/2008
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,070,697
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 7.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Dr. Mardy Grothe is a retired psychologist, management consultant, and platform speaker; the author of six books on words and language; the creator of Dr. Mardy’s Dictionary of Metaphorical Quotations; and one of America’s most beloved quotation anthologists. He lives in Southern Pines, North Carolina, with his wife, Katherine Robinson.

Table of Contents


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