I Never Metaphor I Didn’t Like is another intriguing quote collection by Dr. Mardy Grothe, this time focusing on analogies, metaphors, and similes. The title itself is an adaptation of the saying “I never met a man I didn’t like” by the twentieth century American humorist Will Rogers. Although that quote itself is not a metaphor, it does allow for a pun with the word “metaphor.” Hence the title.
Metaphors, analogies, and similes are often used to say something poetically, forcefully, and with more elegance and impact. As with my review of another of Grothe’s books, Oxymoronica, I shall share some of the more peculiar quotes, which range over a gamut of topics.
I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life. (22)
by Henry David Thoreau in Walden.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. (23)
by Robert Frost in “The Road Not Taken.”
MTV is to music as KFC is to chicken. (68)
by Lewis Black.
An after-dinner speech should be like a lady’s dress—long enough to cover the subject and short enough to be interesting. (68)
by R. A. “Rab” Butler.
Her singing reminds me of a cart coming downhill with the brake on. (85)
by Thomas Beecham, on an unidentified soprano in Die Walkyre.
Freedom is the oxygen of the soul. (109)
by Moshe Dayan.
Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time. (163)
by Maya Angelou.
An adult is an obsolete child. (229)
by Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss).
Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets through. (257)
by Jonathan Swift.
Pro football is like nuclear warfare. There are no winners, only survivors. (278)
by Frank Gifford.
Long sentences in short composition are like large rooms in a little house. (307)
by William Shenstone.
Writing is easy. You just sit down at the typewriter, open up a vein, and bleed it out drop by drop. (307)
by Walter “Red” Smith.
This is overall a highly insightful as well as entertaining book—entertaining, at least, for lovers of words.