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I Never Metaphor I Didn't Like: A Comprehensive Compilation of History’s Greatest Analogies, Metaphors, and Similes Hardcover – August 5, 2008
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
However, "I Never Metaphor I Didn't Like" is far more than simply a collection of quotations. In his own highly readable, entertaining and informative style, the author tells often fascinating stories behind many of the entries.
I can't imagine any word lover not wanting this delightful volume in his or her library. But be advised! This is not a book to be devoured in one, two or even in a dozen readings. In what he calls his attempt "to compile some of history's greatest word paintings," Mardy Grothe has succeeded beautifully. To fully admire and appreciate these "paintings" will take time, but it will indeed be time very well spent.
His introduction provides a quick brush-up on the characteristics of analogies, metaphors, and similes that is bright and readable without being tedious. And his index by author will be appreciated by anyone seeking specific who-said-whats that are scattered among various topics.
Mardy triumphs again in showing the feedback loop by which our language influences our thoughts and our thoughts influence our language.
So this collection of Metaphors, Similes, and Analogies. Some will make you smile, some will make you think again.Some you will have to squint a bit to puzzle out.
But it will all be enjoyment.
For me a book like this is of special value. As a writer I am always studying ( which does not mean- learning) how other writers did truly good things. This book is rich in examples. As Henny Youngman might have said " One man's metaphor is another man's corned-beef sandwich."
It is absolutely amazing that one man has such a comprehensive collections of quotes. It is even more amazing that he has them well-organized into topics. However, the presentation of each quote, painted into a context and story is nothing short of sheer delight.
I am a big fan of Mardy, his books and his "Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week" e-newsletter (drmardy.com). If it seems that I might be overstating and exaggerating, then I welcome the reader to purchase a copy in a failed attempt to prove me wrong!
His exhaustive research, his witty chapter introductions, and his delight in words and word play are all evident and a joy to read!
His other books include, "Never Let a Fool Kiss You, or a Kiss Fool You," "Oxymoronica," and "Viva la Repartee," and they are so much fun, you will chuckle as you read them. As a fellow fan of word play, I adore reading his books and I'm eagerly awaiting his next, entitled, "Ifferisms."
Sign up for his weekly newsletter for even more interesting literary information and a puzzler, which I love solving!
--Linnda Durre', Ph.D.
Author, psychotherapist, and columnist
p.s. Below please find some of my favorites for your reference.
Doing business without advertising is like winking at a girl in the dark. You know what you are doing, but nobody else does. - Stuart H. Britt pg5
Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind. - Rudyard Kipling pg25
Light tomorrow with today. - Elizabeth B Browning pg28
A man should live with his superiors as he does with his fire; not too near, lest he burn; not too far off, lest he freeze. - Diogenes pg30
One does not discover new continents without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time. - Andre Gide pg31
Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. - Nathaniel Hawthorne pg32
Do you think of knocking out another person's brains because he differs in opinion from you. It would be as rational as knock yourself on the head because you differ from yourself ten years ago. - Horace Mann pg34
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. - Marcus Aurelius pg41
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful book of quotes, and a decent, reader friendly breakdown of analogy/metaphor/simile.Published 15 days ago by Rick Elias
Excellent help if you do any public speaking,. Full of great short metaphors.Published 1 month ago by tjpawleys
I hate writing reviews, much less bad reviews, but I felt an obligation to provide at least one review that does not follow suite with all the other misleading reviews... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book with tons of fantastic quotes. Your toilet needs this on top of it.Published 6 months ago by Tommy Callahan
He had no index of metaphores, no lists, etc. He just talked about the people who said them. I was disappointed.Published 11 months ago by Katheryn Haddad
Lots of good lines but quite diluted by inane fillers from the author.Published 12 months ago by rwx
This book lists metaphors and epigrams by famous people. You may read it when you awake at night and want to read something in order to get back to sleep.Published 14 months ago by A M