Famous metaphors

Here is a list of famous metaphors or famous sayings / quotes that are metaphors.

“The Big Bang.”

Fred Hoyle

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances.”

William Shakespeare

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

Pablo Picasso

“I am the good shepherd, … and I lay down my life for the sheep.”

The Bible, John 10:14-15

“All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree.”

Albert Einstein

“Chaos is a friend of mine.”

Bob Dylan

“All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind.”

Khalil Gibran

“If you want a love message to be heard, it has got to be sent out. To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.”

Mother Teresa

“America has tossed its cap over the wall of space.”

John F. Kennedy

“A hospital bed is a parked taxi with the meter running.”

Groucho Marx

“A good conscience is a continual Christmas.”

Benjamin Franklin

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”

Marcel Proust

“And your very flesh shall be a great poem.”

Walt Whitman

“Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket.”

George Orwell

“Dying is a wild night and a new road.”

Emily Dickinson

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”

William Wordsworth

“Conscience is a man’s compass.”

Vincent Van Gogh

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