Types of Metaphors
"Men's words are bullets, that their enemies take up and make use of against them." (George Savile, Maxims)
"Love is an alchemist that can transmute poison into food--and a spaniel that prefers even punishment from one hand to caresses from another." (Charles Colton, Lacon)
"It never takes longer than a few minutes, when they get together, for everyone to revert to the state of nature, like a party marooned by a shipwreck. That's what a family is. Also the storm at sea, the ship, and the unknown shore. And the hats and the whiskey stills that you make out of bamboo and coconuts. And the fire that you light to keep away the beast." (Michael Chabon, The Yiddish Policeman's Union)
The light of my life.
Falling in love.
"It is easy to condemn Thurmond, Byrd, and their fellow pork barons. Few of us would hail a career spent stewarding the federal gravy train as the vocation of a statesman." (Jonathan Freedland, Bring Home The Revolution)
"Anyone who gets in the way of this cunning steamroller will find himself on a card-index file and then in hot--very hot--water." (Len Deighton, Winter: A Novel of a Berlin Family)