Metaphors be with You: An A to Z Dictionary of History's Greatest Metaphorical Quotations

Author(s): Mardy Grothe

Writing, Language & Reference

"An idea is a feat of association, and the height of it is a good metaphor." - Robert Frost For 3,000 years, great thinkers and writers have relied on the device of metaphor to articulate profound thoughts, give voice to powerful emotions, and creatively explain complex ideas. But metaphorical language is not the sole province of poets, philosophers, and playwrights. If you've ever tried to describe a broken heart, a thankless child, or a glorious triumph, you know how valuable-and compelling-the perfect metaphor can be. In Metaphors Be With You, respected quotation anthologist Dr. Mardy Grothe has created the definitive collection of history's greatest metaphorical quotations. While crafting his lists of "The Ten Best Things Ever Said" on 250 topics of deep human interest, Dr. Mardy examined more than five million metaphorical observations from literature, politics, philosophy, religion, history, pop culture, and more. Essential for writers, readers, and language aficionados, this remarkable sourcebook breaks new ground by using QR Codes to digitally integrate it with "Dr. Mardy's Dictionary of Metaphorical Quotations" (DMDMQ), the world's largest online database of metaphorical quotations. The elegant synergy between print and technology provides curious readers with detailed source information for all quotations, innumerable "Error Alerts," countless quotation backstories, and a wealth of other quotations to further their knowledge and deepen their understanding of favorite quotations. Whether you're crafting a speech, writing a novel, or simply searching for new ways to express yourself, this meticulously curated compendium is as delightful to read as it is invaluable to own-and sure to inspire with the perfect metaphor every time.


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"Dr. Mardy Grothe has established himself with his previous books as one of the most profound and popular quotation-book authors of all time. Now he has topped himself with the delightful Metaphors Be With You. Anyone who enjoys language, thought, culture, humor-in short, everyone on the planet-should devour this convenient volume. Dr. Mardy uses metaphor as a window through which we can view the world. " -- Fred Shapiro, Editor of the Yale Book of Quotations "Metaphors Be With You is a head-smacking, jaw-dropping compendium of shimmering gems of thought that not only energized, inspired, and entertained me, but powerfully displayed the richness, variety, and strength of metaphor in human discourse. Reading the book, and using the QR Codes, is the equivalent of a mini-liberal-arts education. An engaging read, this book will delight anyone who has ever been moved by a metaphor." -- Rosalie Maggio, author of How to Say It "Mardy Grothe describes Metaphors Be With You as 'a museum of quotations' but, thanks to his innovative use of QR codes linked to an online database, the book is a living, breathing museum of metaphorical masterpieces all language lovers will want to explore." -- James Geary, author of I Is an Other: The Secret Life of Metaphor and How It Shapes the Way We See the World "Dr. Mardy Grothe's multi-decade, wide-ranging search has produced a magnificent collection of vivid quotations employing the most expressive figurative language. The topic-based organization is perfect for writers and speakers who require a hilarious barb, a coruscating insight, or a tender thought for an article or speech. Grothe's encyclopedic knowledge and curatorial eye assure that every page contains well-chosen statements with carefully researched ascriptions that even quotation aficionados have not seen before. In addition, the book innovatively uses QR codes to provide links to a valuable companion website. I am happy to give this book my highest recommendation." -- Garson O'Toole, Quote Investigator and author of Hemingway Didn't Say That: The Truth Behind Familiar Quotations "Language is metaphor, and the English language never metaphor it didn't like. In Metaphors Be With You, renowned quotation hunter-gatherer Dr. Mardy Grothe displays the brightest metaphors ever created." -- Richard Lederer, author of Anguished English "Mardy Grothe has been wandering on the shores of the English language collecting quotations his whole life. There's an ocean of quotations out there and he has picked the best in this delightful new book." -- Anu Garg, founder of

DR. MARDY GROTHE is a retired psychologist, management consultant, and platform speaker; the author of six "word and language" books, including Oxymoronica and Viva la Repartee; and the creator of Dr. Mardy's Dictionary of Metaphorical Quotations. Dr. Mardy-as his many fans worldwide know him-is one of America's most beloved quotation anthologists. He lives in Southern Pines, North Carolina, with his wife, Katherine Robinson.

General Fields

  • : 9780062445339
  • : HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • : Harper
  • : 0.646
  • : November 2016
  • : 181mm X 140mm X 40mm
  • : United States
  • : February 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Mardy Grothe
  • : Hardback
  • : 217
  • : 808.032
  • : 528
  • : illustrations