You only really discover the strength of your spine when your back is against the wall.

— James Geary

The most spectacular James Geary quotes that will inspire your inner self

The mind revels in conjecture. Where information is lacking, it will gladly fill in the gaps.


Metaphors hide in plain sight, and their influence is largely unconscious.

We should mind our metaphors, though, because metaphors make up our minds.


A simile is just a metaphor with the scaffolding still up.


By bringing together what we know and what we don't know through analogy, metaphorical thinking strikes the spark that ignites discovery.


Sometimes, you need a door slammed in your face before you can hear opportunity knock.


Metaphor lives a secret life all around us.

We utter about six metaphors a minute. Metaphorical thinking is essential to how we understand ourselves and others, how we communicate and learn, discover and invent.


Advice is given freely because so much of it is worthless.


Aphorisms are literature's hand luggage.

Light and compact, they fit easily into the overhead compartment of your brain.


Heroism often results as a response to extreme events.


Metaphor impinges on everything, allowing us - poets and non-poets alike - to experience and think about the world in fluid, unusual ways.


I believe aphorisms are best when first read in the wild, free from the confines of any categories.


In the margin for error lies all our room for maneuver.


About James Geary

Quotes 13 sayings
Profession Writer
Birthday 1962