Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Metaphors On Writing, Authors & Books

I came across a book filled with a few thousand quotations that looked interesting – Metaphors Be With You: An A-to-Z Dictionary of History’s Greatest Metaphorical Quotations by Dr. Mardy Grothe.  

The book spans 250 topics, from things like adolescence and adventure to youth and zeal.  I noticed several topics related to writing, including:  authors, creativity, libraries, literature, English language, poetry, writers, and novels.  Here’s what Dr. Grothe highlighted when it came to quotes in those areas: 

“The author lives with one foot in an everyday world and the other feeling about anxiously for a foothold in another more precarious one.”
--Mary Roberts Rinehart

“Many attempts to communicate are mollified by saying too much.”
--Robert K. Greenleaf

“Creativity is an act of defiance.  You’re challenging the status quo.”
--Twyla Tharp

“A man is a critic when he cannot be an artist, in the same way that a man becomes an informer when he cannot be a soldier.”
--Gustave Flaubert

“Every good poem, in fact, is a bridge built from the known, familiar side of life over into the unknown.”
--C. Day-Lewis

“To be a poet is a condition rather than a profession.”
--Robert Graves

“A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.”
--Walt Auden

“Imagination is the highest kite that can fly.”
--Lauren Bacall

“A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.”
--G.K. Chesterton

“In the compact between novelist and reader, the novelist promises to lie, and the reader promises to allow it.
--Cynthia Ozick

“I am looking for the novelists whose writing is an extension of their intellect rather than an extension of their neurosis.”
--Tom Robbins

“All words are pegs to hang ideas on.”
--Henry Ward Beecher

“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”
--Rudyard Kipling

“The writer of goodwill carries a lamp to illuminate the dark corners.  Only that, nothing more – a tiny beam of light to show some hidden aspect of reality.”
--Isabel Allende

“Writers do not live one life, they live two.  There is the living and then there is the writing.  There is the second tasting.”
--Anais Nin

“Writing is thinking on paper.”
--William K. Zinsser

“Writing is like driving at night.  You can see only as far as the headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”
--E.L. Doctorow

“Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.”
--Fernando Pessoa

“In literature as in love, we are astonished at what is chosen by others.”
--Andre Maurois


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Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer. You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at He feels more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog 2017©. Born and raised in Brooklyn, now resides in Westchester. Named one of the best book marketing blogs by Book Baby 

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