“A book that is a list of quotes? A format that I hadn't believed would be readable is actually digestible. However, the interspersed comments are not really all that insightful or interesting. I don't really like being told what a quote means. He attempts to explain too many, most which are obvious in nature (part of the intent and definition of a quote?). It would have been more interesting if he had expanded a bit more on the authors or the historical significance or context of the quotes.”Michael Giuggio wrote this review Thursday, January 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Enjoyable reading. I like this, "Procrastination is the thief of time - Edward Young"”Steven Koh wrote this review Thursday, January 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
Doing business without advertising is like winking at a girl in the dark. You know what you are doing, but nobody else does.
Prisons are to crime what greenhouses are to plants.
Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys
Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress; when I tired of one, I spend the night with the other.
Justice is a train that is nearly always late
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested
One recognizes ones course by discovering the paths that stray from it
Dwell as near as possible to the channel in which your life flows
In the depths of witner, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer
If the book we are reading does not wake us, as with a fist hammering on our skull, why then do we read it? A book should serve as an ice-axe to break the frozen sea within us
I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I have lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well
Words are the physicians of a mind diseased
If passion drives, let reason hold the reins
Such as are your habitual thoughts, such also will be the charachter of your mind; for the soul is dyed by the color of your thoughts
Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal witht he intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one that gets burned
When a person is down in the world, an ounce of help is better than a pound of preaching
It is better to wear out than to rust out. There will be time enough for repose in the grave.
The rule in carving holds good as to criticsim; never cut with a knife what you can cut with a spoon
Without goals and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination
We should take care not to make the intillect our god; it has of course, powerful muscles, but no personality
Acting without thinking is like shooting without aiming
Mysterious though it is, the charachteristics in human nature which we love best grow in a soil iwth a strong mixture of troubles
-Harry Emrson Fosdick
One does not discover new continents without consenting to lose sight of his own shoreline for a very long time
Happiness is as a butterfly which, when prusued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you
Once you wake up thought in a man, you can never put it to sleep again
-Zora Neale Hurston
The proper function of man is to live, not to exist
A strong and well constituted man digests his experiences just as he digests his meats, even when he has some tough morsels to swallow.
It is a good thing to turn you mind upside down now and then, like an hour-glass, to let the particles run the other way
Remember you are just an extra in everyone else's play
Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant; there is afuel in us which needs to be ignited with sparks
-Johann Gottfried Von Herder
Reading is means of thinking with another person's mind; it forces you to stretch your own.
-Charles Scribner jr.
A mind all logic is like a knife all blade. It makes the hand bleed that uses it.
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.
-William Arthur Ward
A relationsip is like a garden, nutrients must be added and weeds must be picked
-Dr. Mardy Grothe
History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies
-Alex de Tocqueville
The art of living is more like that of wrestling than of dancing; the main thing is to stand firm and be ready for an unforseen attack.
Everybody sooner or later sits down to a banquet of consequences
-Robert Louis Stevenson
When suffering knocks at your door and you say there is no seat for him, he tells you not to worry because he has brought his own stool
We are all serving a life sentence in the dungeon of self
Men deal with life as children do with play, Who first misuse, then cast theirs toys away
Experience is a good teacher, but her fees are very hight
Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night, with no lights, while looking out the back window
The heart has reasons that the reason know not of
The lights of stars that were extinguised ages ago still reach us. So it is with great men who died centuries ago, but still reach us witht he radiations of their personalities.
God has placed in each soul an apostle to lead us upon the illuminated path. Yet many seek life from without, unaware that it is within them
A reputation once broken may possibly repaired, but the world will always keep their eyes on the spot where the crack was.
Trying to help an opressed person is like trying to put your arm around somebody iwht a sunburn
No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible
This world is a great sculptors shop. We are the statues and there is a rumor going round the shop that some of us are some day going to come to life
Most truths are so naked that people feel sorry for them and over them up at least a little bit
-Edward R. Murrow
There are books in which the footnotes or comments scrawled by some readers hand in the margin are more interesting than the text. The world is one of these books.
Everyone is a moon and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.
One may have a blazing hearth in ones soul and yet no one ever comes to sit by it. Passerby see only a wisp of smoke from the chimney and continue on their way.
-Vincent Van Gogh
I sit astride life like a bad rider on a horse. I only owe it to the horses good nature that I am not thrown off at this very moment.
The human race has one really effective weapon and that is laughter
Wit is a treacherous dart. It is perhaps the only weapon which it is possible to stab oneself in one's own back
My face looks like a wedding cake left out in the rain
An after-dinner speech should be like a lady's dress- long enough to cover the subject and short enough to be interesting
Humor is a rubber sword- it allows you to make a point without drawing blood
Thoughts like fleas jump from man to man. But they don't bite everybody
We must respect the other fellows religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children are smart
English humor resembles the loch ness monster in that both are famous but there is a strong suspicion that neither exists.
Awards are like hemorrhoids; in the end every asshole gets one
Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog, few people are interested and the frog dies with it
The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast
The word liberty in the mouth of Mr. Webster is like the word love in the mouth of a whore.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
He shows all the backbone of a choclate eclaire
-Teddy Roosevelt (said of McKinley)
His mind had one compartment for and one for wrong, but not middle chamber where the 2 could commingle.
-Howard K. Beale (said of Andrew Jackson)
He occasionally stumbled over the truth, but hastily picked himslef up and hurried on as if nothing had happened.
-Winston Churchill (said of Stanley Baldwin)
He was like a cok that thought the sun had risen to hear him crow
-George Eliot (said of Adam Bede)
He's like a man who sits on a stove and then complains that his backside is burning.
-W.S. Gilbert (said of Arthur Sullivan)
Calling George Bush shallow is like calling a dwarf short
His imagination resembled the wings of an ostrich. It enabled him to run, though not soar
-Thomas Macaulay (said of John Dryden)
Going to war without France is like going without an accordian. you just leave a lot of useless noisy baggage behind.
He was born on 3rd base and thought he got there by hitting a tripple
-numerous democrats (said of the 1st george bush)
Miss Streissand looks like a cross between an aardvark and an albino rat surmounted by a platinum-coated horse bun.
Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagon- a Mount Rushmore of incompetence
Mrs. Patrick Campbell is an aged British battleship sinking rapidly and firing every available gun on her rescuers.
Some of my best thoughts have been stolen by the ancients
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
A defenition is the enclosing a wilderness of idea within a wall of words
I call architecture frozen music
-Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Adventure is the champagne of Life
Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom
A bagel is a doghnut with the sin removed
The dew of compassion is a tear
Compromise makes a good umbrella, but a poor roof
-James russell Lowell
Euphemisms are unpleasant truths wearing diplomatic cologne
An exaggeration is a truth that has lost its temper
Failure is the condiment that give success it flavor
What is a weed? A plant whose vitures have not yet been discovered
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length
Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.
A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something
Laughter is the sun that drive witner from the human face
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed inoveralls and looks like work.
-Thomas Alva Edison
Poverty is the mother of crim
Tears are the safety valve of the heart when too much pressure is laid on it
Thought is the seed of action
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Man produces evil as bees produce honey
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep balence you must keep moving
Life is like a 10 speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use
-Charles M. Schulz
Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life
Life is the art of drawing without an eraser
Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the fool
Someone told me life is a water wheel. It turns. The trick is to hold your nose when your under and not get dizzy when you are at the top
Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well.
Life is a grindstone and whether it gridns a man down or polishes him up depends on what he is made of
Life is a tragedy when seen close up, but a comedy in long shot
Life is like music, it must be composed by ear, feeling, and instinct, not by rule
Life is a great tapestry. The individual is only an insignificant thread in an immerse and miraculous pattern.
In life as in football, you won't go far unles you know where the goalposts are
-Arnold H. Glasgow
Life is like a dog sled team. If you ain't the lead dog, the scenery never changes
Life is a banquet, and most poor sons-of-bitches are starving to death
-Robert E. Lee
I would rather think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to come together and make sense
-Harold S. Kushner
Life is so largely controlled by chance that its conduct can be but a perpetual improvisation.
-W. Somerset Maugham
Life is a mixed blessing, which we vainly try to unmix
Life is a series of collision with the future; it is not a sum of what we have been but what we yearn to be
-Jose Ortega Gasset
Life is a gamble at terrible odds-it it was a bet, you wouldn't take it
Life is like rivers; eventually they go where they must, not where we want them to
Life is like a shit sandwhich and every day you take another bite
A good metaphor is like a bridge that links 2 territories that have been seperated by a body of water or a deep canyon.
-Dr. Mardy Grothe
Man without women would be like playing checkers alone
She understood as women often do more easily than men, that the declared meaning of a spoken sentence is only its overcoat, and the real meaning lies underneath its scarves and buttons
The heart of another is a dark forest, always, no matter how close it has been to ones own
The firmest friendships have been fromed in mutual adversity, as iron is most strongly united by the fiercest falme
-Charles Caleb Colton
Women are like tricks by sleight of hand, which to admire, we should not understand
A quarrel between friends when made up, adds a new tie to the friendship, as experience shows that the callosity formed round a broken bone makes it stronger than before.
-St. Francis De Sales
Once a women has forgiven her man, she must not reheat his sins for breakfast
Relationships are hard, its like a full time job and we should treat it like one. If your boy/girl friend wants to leave you, they should have to give you 2 weeks notice, there should be severence pay, and before they leave you, they should have to find a temp
A single man has not nearly the value he would have in a state of union. He is an incomplete animal. He resembles the odd half of a pair of scissors.
A women should be like a good suspense movie. the more left to the imagination, the more excitement there is. This should be her aim, to create suspense.
The sound of a kiss is not so loud as a cannon, but its echo lasts a great deal longer
-Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
Absense lessons the minor passions and increases the great ones, as the wind douses a candle and kindles a flame
-Francois De La Rochefoucauld
Men kick friendship around like a football but it doesn't seem to crack. Women treat it like glass and it goes to pieces.
-Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Finding a man is like finding a job; its easier to find one when you already have one
There is a road from the eye to the heart that does not go through the intillect
There are 2 things a real man like- danger and play; and he likes women because she is the most dangerous plaything of all
Breaking up is like knocking over a coke machine. You can't do it in one push. You gotta rock it back and forth a few times before it goes over
What is a date really but a job interview that lasts all night?
It is assumed that the women must wait motionless until she is wooed. That is how a spider waits for the fly
-George Bernard Shaw
The first time you buy a house yout think it is pretty and sign the check. The second time you look to see if the basement has termites. Its the same with men.
Love is like war, easy to begin but very hard to stop
A great flame follows a little spark
To feel the love of people whom we love is a fire that feeds our life
Young love is a flame; very pretty, often very hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. the love of the older and disciplined heart is as coals, deep-burning, unquenchable
-Henry Ward Beecher
Love is a fire. But whether is is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell.
Without love our life is a ship without a rudder
When success comes in the door, it seems, love often goes out the window
-Dr. Joyce Brothers
Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place
-Zora Neale Hurston
Love didn't grow very well in a place where there was only fear, just as plants didn't grow very well in a place where it was always dark.
Anger is the fluid that love bleeds when you cut it
In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything and two minus one equals nothing.
To be in love is merely to be in a state of perpetual anesthesia- to mistake an ordinary young man for a greek god or an ordinary young women for a greek goddess.
Love never dies a naturl death. It dies because we don't know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of withering, of tarnishings.
When the roses are gone, nothing is left but the thorns
Love is like an hour glass, with the heart filling up as the brain empties
Falling in love consists merely in uncorking the imagination and bottling common sense
Love should be a tree whose roots are deep int eh earth, but whose branches extend to heaven
Reason and love are sworn enemies
When I am attacked by gloomy thoughts nothing helps me so much as running to my books. they quickly absorb me and banish th clouds from my mind
-Michael de Montaigne
Marriage may be compared to a cage, the birds without despair to get in and those within despair to get out
Marriage is a feast where the grace is sometimes better than the dinner
-Charles Caleb Colton
Marriage is a meal where the soup is better than the desert
Though women are angels, yet wedlocks the devil
If variety is the spice of life, marriage is the big can of leftover spam
I never married becasue there was no need. I have 3 pets at home which answer the same purpose as a husband. I have a dog which growls every morning, a parrot which swears all afternoon, and a cat that comes home late at night
a divorce is like an amputation, you survive, but theres less of you
A bachelors life is a fine breakfast, a flat lunch, and a miserable dinner
Marriage must constantly fight against a monster which devours everything: routine
-Honore De Balzac
I don't understand couples who break up and then get back together. Its like pouring milk on a bowl of cereal, tasting it and saying, "this milk is sour, well, i'll put it back in the refrigerator and maybe it will be ok tommorow."
Children are like wet cement, whatever falls on them makes an impression
At every step the child should be allowed to meet the real experience of life:
the thorns should never be plucked from his roses
Marriage is like twirling a baton, turning a handspring, or eating with chop sticks; it looks so easy until you try it
Big sister are the crab grass in the lawn of life
-Charles M. Schulz (Linus)
Our passions are like travelers: at first they make a brief stay; then they are like guests, who visit often; and then they turn into tryrants, who hold us in their power.
Money, it turned out, was exactly like sex; you thought of nothing else if you didn't have it and thought of other things if you did have it
Men read maps better because only a male mind could concieve of n inch equaling a hundred miles
Power is the ultimate aphrodisac
Beauty and folly are old companions
Beauty is power, a smile is its sword
Sex is like art. Most of its pretty bad, and the good stuff is out of your price range
The basic conflict between men and women sexually is that men are like firemen. To men sex is an emergency and not matter what we're doing we can be ready in 2 minutes. Women on the other hand are like fire. They're very exciting, but the conditions have to be exactly right for it to occur.
Most men approach sex a lot like shooting a game of pinball. We don't have any idea about the internal workings or what we should do to try and win, we're just gonna try to keep the ball in play as long as possible
Sex is like money, only too much is enough
Eloquence is a painting of thought
The older the fiddle, the sweeter the tune
Old age is like climbing a mountain. you climb from ledge to ledge. the higher you get the more tired and breathless you become- but your views become more extensive
At 18 our convictions are hills from which we look; at 45 they are caves in which we hide
-F. Scott Fitzgerald
Nobody grows old by merely living a number o fyears. People grow old by deserting their ideals. years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up interest wrinkles the soul
-Gen. Douglas MacArthur
An adult is an obsolete child
When childhood dies, its corpses are called adults
Age imprints more wrinkles in the mind then it does the face
-Michel De Montaigne
They (men) have only a brief season of exhilarating liberty beween control by their mothers and control by their wives
Growing old is like being increasingly penalized for a crime you haven't committed
For the unlearned, old age is winter; for the learned, it is the season of harvest
It's true, some wine improves with age. But only if the grapes were good in the 1st place.
-Abigail Van Buren
Getting a movie made in Hollywood is like trying to grill a stek by having a succession of people comming into the room and breathing on it
You can take all the inscerity in Hollywood, place it in the navel of a fruitfly, and still have room enough for 3 caraway seeds and a producers heart
Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dicken underneath.
A film is a petrified fountain of thought
Some young Hollywood starlets remind me of my grandmothers old farm house- all painted up nice on the front side, a big swing on the backside, and nothing whatsoever in the attic.
Drama is life with the dull bits cut out
A critic is someone who never actually goes to battle, yet who afterward comes out shooting the wounded
Negotiating with those pirates is like trying to nail currant jelly to a wall
-Teddy Roosevelt (in talks with Columbia about building Panama Canal)
Being a writer in Hollywodd is like going into Hitlers Eagles Nest with a great idea for a Bar Mitzvah
My time in Hollywood was like a trip throught a sewer in a glass bottom boat
The difference between beinga director and being an actor is the difference between being the carpenter banging the nails into the wood, and being the piece of wood the nails are bieng banged into
Working with Julie Andrews is like getting hit over the head with a Valentine
Acting is liek roller skating. Once you know how to do it, it is neither stimulating nor exciting
He has the inventiveness of Albert Einstein but with the attention span of Daffy Duck.
-Tom Shales on Robin Williams
Careers, like rockets, don't always take off on time. the trick is to always keep the engine running.
It's like wrestling a gorilla. You don't quit when you're tired, you quit when the gorila is tired
-Robert Strauss (on acting careers)
Choice is to the cable company what sunlight is to the vampire.
I hate television. I hate it as much a peanuts. But I can't stop eating peanuts
A monarchy is a merchantman, which sails well, but will sometimes strike on a rock, and go to the bottom; whilst a republic is a raft which would never sink, but then your feet are always in the water.-Fisher Ames
Written laws are like spiders webs, and will, like them, only entangle and hold the poor and weak. while the rich and powerful will easily break through them
Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through
Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely
The jaws of power are always opened to devour, and her arms is always strectched out, if possible to destroy the freedom of thinking speaking and writing
Man is by nature a political animal
The president o fthe uNited States bears about as much relationship to the real business of running America as does Colonel Sanders to the business of frying chicken
Asking an incumbent member of congress to vote for term limits is a bit like asking a chicken to vote for Colonel Sanders
Laws are like sausages. It's better not to see them being made
-Otto Von BIsmarck
We don't just have egg on our face. We have omelette all over our suits.
We contend that for a nation to try and tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle
The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest amount of feathers with the least amount of hissing
Power will intoxicate the best hearts as wine the strongest heads
-Charles Caleb Colton
Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind
Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is your pencil, and you're a thousand miles from the corn field
-Dwight D. Eisenhower
It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism while the wolf remains of a different opinion
The sound bite is to politics what the aphorism is to exposition. The art of saying much with little
The great nations have always acted like gangsters, and the small nations like prostitutes
The vice president is worth a pitcher of warm piss
-John Nance Garner (FDR's vice president)
Being in poitics is like being a football coach. You have to be smart enough to understand the game and dumb enough to think its important
Idealism is the noble toga the political gentleman drape over their will to power
The politician is trained in the art of inexactitude. His words tend to be blunt or rounded because if thye have a cutting edge they may later return to wound him
-Edward R. Murrow
Within the 1st few months I discovered that being a president is like riding a tiger. A man has to keep on riding or be swallowed
-Harry S. Truman
Politicians are like diapers. They should be changed frequently and for the same reasons.
Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hartred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules, and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence. In other words, it is war minus the shooting
Playing polo is like trying to play golf during an earthquake
“Interesting. A book you can pick up and read in parts. ”Matt M wrote this review Tuesday, October 26, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
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“A Review Written Mainly in Metaphors (and other figurative language and things you would be better off not knowing about).
This book of metaphors is an ocean of great depths and of shallows that smell sort of like fish. It is not a bad book, and the title is certainly descriptive. Dr. Grothe collects metaphors, similes, and other figurative language in the same way a supermarket acquires potato chips--wholesale. Some of the observations in this collection are as wise as the proverbial ass. Some are somber and straight-faced Puritans. Some, so sappy and wooden that the Puritans could have built the Mayflower from them.
Here a few of my personal favorites.
• A critic is a man who knows the way, but cannot drive the car. --Tynan
• Life is a curable disease
• Calling George Bush shallow is like calling a dwarf short. --Molly Irvin
• I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by. --Doug Adams
And here's one that came from the shallow end of the talent pool.
• Life is like a marathon. If you can finish a marathon, you can do anything you like --Oprah Winfrey.
Unfortunately, Grothe doesn't explain this one in the book, so I will attempt to do it for you. Oprah seems to be saying, "Finishing all 26 miles of the Marathon is a great accomplishment; thus, since Life is like a Marathon, if you can finish your life, you will be able to accomplish anything you like, as long as it is something you can do . . . you know. . . when you're dead."
As I said, this is not a bad book, but if you hunger for such things, do not attempt to devour it on one sitting. Rather, lock it away in the icebox, taking it out only to snack on late at night when you can't sleep.