All She Wrote∇
“Perhaps things are not things but words: metaphors; words for other things.” −Octavio Paz
Metaphor, or figurative speech, is the symbolic language of imagination that exposes the big picture, reveals the whole shebang, shows the whole nine yards – well, you can see what it means.
“You don’t see something until you have the right metaphor to let you perceive it.” −Robert Stetson Shaw
Take time, for instance. It isn’t literally sand in an hourglass, or money, but without such metaphors, what is it?
“Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.” −Douglas Adams
Without figures of speech, so-called real time, and the big bang it blows in on, would be unscientific.
“Science always uses metaphor.” −James Lovelace
Except for symbolic language, there would be no opium of the masses.
“The great religions are all metaphor.” −Ray Bradbury
Thank heavens for metaphor! It lets us give a true love story longer legs than a girl’s best friend.
“A diamond is forever.” −De Beers