Analogies Quotes

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Jim Butcher
“Wizards and computers get along about as well as flamethrowers and libraries.”
Jim Butcher, Changes

Shannon L. Alder
“Never annoy an inspirational author or you will become the poison in her pen and the villian in every one of her books.”
Shannon L. Alder

Christopher Hitchens
“Suppose that a man leaps out of a burning building—as my dear friend and colleague Jeff Goldberg sat and said to my face over a table at La Tomate in Washington not two years ago—and lands on a bystander in the street below. Now, make the burning building be Europe, and the luckless man underneath be the Palestinian Arabs. Is this a historical injustice? Has the man below been made a victim, with infinite cause of complaint and indefinite justification for violent retaliation? My own reply would be a provisional 'no,' but only on these conditions. The man leaping from the burning building must still make such restitution as he can to the man who broke his fall, and must not pretend that he never even landed on him. And he must base his case on the singularity and uniqueness of the original leap. It can't, in other words, be 'leap, leap, leap' for four generations and more. The people underneath cannot be expected to tolerate leaping on this scale and of this duration, if you catch my drift. In Palestine, tread softly, for you tread on their dreams. And do not tell the Palestinians that they were never fallen upon and bruised in the first place. Do not shame yourself with the cheap lie that they were told by their leaders to run away. Also, stop saying that nobody knew how to cultivate oranges in Jaffa until the Jews showed them how. 'Making the desert bloom'—one of Yvonne's stock phrases—makes desert dwellers out of people who were the agricultural superiors of the Crusaders.”
Christopher Hitchens, Hitch 22: A Memoir

Pamela Anderson
“Life is like sex. It’s not always good, but its always worth trying.”
Pamela Anderson

David  Wong
“...and - holy shit was this song bad. It was like the singer was stabbing my ear with a dagger made of dried turds.”
David Wong, John Dies at the End

Roman Payne
“Analogies are like lies.”
Roman Payne

Nenia Campbell
“He acted like a libertine of Europe with a genteel Southern propriety—and had all the morals of an emotionless psychopath. The two former masked the latter, like leaves covering a snare. You didn't notice the steel jaws until they were impaled in your flesh, and by then it was already far too late to run.”
Nenia Campbell, Terrorscape

Sigmund Freud
“Analogies, it is true, decide nothing, but they can make one feel more at home.”
Sigmund Freud, The Essentials of Psycho-Analysis

“Mathematics is the study of analogies between analogies. All science is. Scientists want to show that things that don't look alike are really the same. That is one of their innermost Freudian motivations. In fact, that is what we mean by understanding.”
Gian-Carlo Rota, Indiscrete Thoughts

“If I ever conceive any original idea, it will be because I have been abnormally prone to confuse ideas ... and I have thus found remote analogies and relations which others have not considered! Others rarely make these confusions, and proceed by precise analysis.”
Kenneth J.W. Craik

Aldous Huxley
“Shearwater sighed, like a whale in the night.”
Aldous Huxley, Antic Hay

Lysa TerKeurst
“Now I'm not saying the act of going to church fixes everything. Just as simply looking at a restaurant menu won't give you nourishment. We've got to engage with what's offered if it's going to do us any good. But putting my heart in a place to receive truth certainly got me going in a different direction.”
Lysa TerKeurst, Best Yes

“She has all the right equipment to look sexy, pretty even. She just overdoes everything-like she's a coloring-book women who got scribbled on by a toddler,”
Bonnie Shimko, You Know What You Have To Do

“What if Loves are analogous to math? First, arithmetic, then geometry and algebra, then trig and quadratics…”
J. Earp

“As you evaluate my argument, resist that urge to come up with abstract hypothetical objections. Compare my examples of honor systems with actual alternatives, not idealized alternatives. Here's an analogy (one that hits a little too close to home for me). Imagine living in a house that badly needs repair. As you compare contractors, you should choose the one who can actually make the house better, not the one who can best imagine the blueprint of a perfect house. The same thinking applies to improving society.”
Tamler Sommers, Why Honor Matters

Lindsey Rietzsch
“Who doesn't enjoy a little gardening? As we plant the seeds and remove the weeds we reap a wonderful harvest of blessings. What are the weeds? Anyone or anything that sucks the nutrients from the seeds we have planted. The seeds are our goals, desires, good thoughts and feelings. good works and deeds anything that uplifts us. If we don't keep up on our weeding then our garden will die.”
Lindsey Rietzsch, Successful Failures

Francesco Guicciardini
“But it is dangerous to follow Examples, if they do not correspond in the most material Circumstances with the present State of our Affairs; are not conducted with equal Judgment, or attended with the like Prospect of Success.”
Francesco Guicciardini, History of Italy

Chila Woychik
“Writing analogies are as abundant as ants at a picnic. We love nothing better than a good analogy, a “life-is-like-this” on the page. I breathe and out pops another analogy. As of this moment, I am sole owner of 1,643 analogies.”
Chila Woychik, On Being a Rat and Other Observations

Donald Firesmith
“As long as we’re comparing analogies,” Jack added, “how about this one? A person being chased by a bear doesn’t have to be able to run faster than the bear. He only has to be faster than his slowest companion. Driver picks. I’m going to catch up with the convoy, find a way to pass several of the cars, and not be last in line.”
Donald G. Firesmith, Demons on the Dalton

Michelle Obama
“Thank you,” I said. “It’s so nice of you to think of me. But actually, we’ve made the decision I won’t be moving to Washington.” I let her know that we had two little girls in school in Chicago and that I was pretty attached to my job. I explained that Barack was settling into life in D.C., commuting home when he could. I didn’t mention that we were so committed to Chicago that we were looking to buy a new house, thanks to the royalty money that was starting to come in from the renewed sales of his book and the fact that he now had a generous offer on a second book—the surprise harvest of Barack’s magic beans.”
Michelle Obama, Becoming

Johannes Kepler
“I especially love analogies, my most faithful masters, acquainted with all the secrets of nature… One should make great use of them.”
Johannes Kepler

Holly McQueen
“... to say that Lucy isn't a fan of my sisters is rather like saying the French Revolution was a bad time to be a bit posh.”
Holly McQueen, Charlie Glass's Slippers: A Very Modern Fairy Tale

“You and I both live in worlds long gone," Seto noted suddenly. "Most people see the world as three separate entities; a past to which we can never return, a confused present and a feared future. We realize it is one. The rolling and raging waves of today merely recoil back into the depths of the oceans past after touching the face of our future. It is still one world.”
Jesse R. Page

Laurence Galian
“Crowley did not sacrifice children. Crowley always used analogies for things, so he called masturbation 'child sacrifice.' In his book, Magick, Aleister Crowley referred to masturbation jokingly and dysphemistically as child sacrifice.”
Laurence Galian, 666: Connection with Crowley

A.D. Aliwat
“New York was like the internet before the internet. A densely populated, hectic, ever-evolving place that’s always on, that you extract yourself from in order to rest, to catch your breath, and will be there in full force when you’re ready for it again. The city that never sleeps. Interconnected in a grand plexus by a series of subnetworks and subsystems. Shiny parts and seedy parts. Covered in ads, understated and overstated. Multicultural. Everybody’s here, every language is spoken. The anonymous mistaken for the rude: people here get away with saying how they feel, speaking their truths.”
A.D. Aliwat, In Limbo

Haruki Murakami
“When I couldn't get that sensation in the real world, I would quietly let my memory of those feelings awaken inside me. In this way, memory became one of my most valued emotional tools, a means of survival, even. Like a warm kitten, softly curled inside an oversized coat pocket, fast asleep.”
Haruki Murakami

Cristina Imre
“Motivating your team is like cooking. You need to select and blend the right quality ingredients and serve them fresh as often as you can; otherwise, your team will get hungry and grumpy.”
Cristina Imre

“Over three nights they went through more than two hundred cases of beer, more kegs than they could count, and enough hard liquor to embalm a herd of moose.”
Jim DeFede, The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland