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Unregulated competition is a naive metaphor for anarchy. John Ralston Saul, author
  • anarchy

God is a metaphor for that which transcends all levels of intellectual thought. It's as simple as that. Joseph Campbell, author
  • religion

Sports is a metaphor for overcoming obstacles and achieving against great odds. Athletes, in times of difficulty, can be important role models. Bill Bradley, politician
  • achieving

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. Norman Cousins, author
  • birth

Pointing is a metaphor we all know. We've done a lot of studies and tests on that, and it's much faster to do all kinds of functions, such as cutting and pasting, with a mouse, so it's not only easier to use but more efficient. Steve Jobs, businessman
  • cutting

Right now, I'm standing behind the glass, and I guess that's a metaphor for how my life will be going forward. Angela Ruggiero, athlete
  • behind

Metaphors are dangerous. Love begins with a metaphor. Which is to say, love begins at the point when a woman enters her first word into our poetic memory. Milan Kundera, writer
  • begins

People who speak in metaphors should shampoo my crotch. Jack Nicholson, actor
  • metaphors

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. Paul Valery, poet
  • science

The Holocaust is a central event in many people's lives, but it also has become a metaphor for our century. There cannot be an end to speaking and writing about it. Besides, in Israel, everyone carries a biography deep inside him. Aharon Appelfeld, novelist
  • become

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. Octavio Paz, poet
  • couple

I heard my name associated with the Peter Pan syndrome more than once. But really, what's so wrong with Peter Pan? Peter Pan flies. He is a metaphor for dreams and faith. Mark Burnett, businessman
  • associated

The Olympics are a wonderful metaphor for world cooperation, the kind of international competition that's wholesome and healthy, an interplay between countries that represents the best in all of us. John Williams, composer
  • best

Poetry teaches us music, metaphor, condensation and specificity. Walter Mosley, novelist
  • metaphor

The fundamental sense of freedom is freedom from chains, from imprisonment, from enslavement by others. The rest is extension of this sense, or else metaphor. Isaiah Berlin, philosopher
  • chains

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. Sigmund Freud, psychologist
  • metaphor

He turns his back to the far shore and rows toward it. He can in this way travel away from, yet still see, his house....he feels he is riding a floating skeleton...Some birds in the almost-dark are flying as close to their reflections as possible. Michael Ondaatje, author
  • life

Using a metaphor in front of a man as unimaginative as Ridcully was like a red flag to a bu... was like putting something very annoying in front of someone who was annoyed by it. Terry Pratchett, author
  • metaphor

Some say Hollywood movies that are made about boxing are just metaphors for other things, I think I've made one that's actually about boxing and not a metaphor. Walter Hill, director
  • boxing

Their scrambled attention spans struck me as a metaphor for the way we get our doses of reality these days. Bill Griffith, cartoonist
  • attention

Most people like to read about intrigue and spies. I hope to provide a metaphor for the average reader's daily life. Most of us live in a slightly conspiratorial relationship with our employer and perhaps with our marriage. John Le Carre, writer
  • average

I would suggest, merely as a metaphor here, but also as the basis for a scientific program to investigate the computational capacity of the universe, that this is also a reasonable explanation for why the universe is complex. Seth Lloyd, educator
  • basis

In this metaphor we actually have a picture of the computational universe, a metaphor which I hope to make scientifically precise as part of a research program. Seth Lloyd, educator
  • computational

We often attribute 'understanding' and other cognitive predicates by metaphor and analogy to cars, adding machines, and other artifacts, but nothing is proved by such attributions. John Searle, philosopher
  • car

Maybe we can use a metaphor for it, out of dance. I think for many years I was aware of the need, in dance and in life, to breathe deeply and to take in more air than we usually take in. Sharon Olds, poet
  • air

Flower was a good metaphor for growth. The song is obviously about sexual responsibility, so that was the main metaphor. Also, it's like knowing who someone has been and remembering and appreciating that, but really appreciating what they are now even more. Jody Watley, musician
  • appreciating

I couldn't have come up with a better metaphor for my life and my internal conflict. It amazes me how quickly we can manifest our fears; not only had I created my 'I'm never satisfied, I'll drive her away' nightmare. Kenny Loggins, musician
  • amazes

Unlike metaphor, metonymy does not try to fuse images together. Thomas Harrison,
  • fuse

I'm not interested in a film about golf but I am interested in golf as a metaphor. Robert Redford, actor
  • film

Sport is a wonderful metaphor for life. Of all the sports that I played - skiing, baseball, fishing - there is no greater example than golf, because you're playing against yourself and nature. Robert Redford, actor
  • against

You can't completely control the sport - Tiger Woods comes close. The test is against yourself and nature's own way. I find golf a particularly good metaphor for this story. Robert Redford, actor
  • against

I wanted to define the vocabulary of a wedding both visually and intellectually. The book is about more than weddings or wedding dresses. It's a metaphor for women's lives, their creativity. Vera Wang, designer
  • book

It became a metaphor for the lives of the people in this film and for the Old West, for the abandonment that occurred in the early part of the 20th century. Dwight Yoakam, musician
  • 20th

The metaphor of Exodus is one that has dogged the Jews from the outset. Their very success attracts resentment. Jack Schwartz, scientist
  • attracts

You don’t see something until you have the right metaphor to let you perceive it Robert Shaw,
  • perceive

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