Here is a list of famous metaphors or famous sayings / quotes that are metaphors.
The Big Bang.
All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances.
Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
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.
Chaos is a friend of mine.
All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind.
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.
America has tossed its cap over the wall of space.
John F. Kennedy
A hospital bed is a parked taxi with the meter running.
A good conscience is a continual Christmas.
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
And your very flesh shall be a great poem.
Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket.
Dying is a wild night and a new road.
Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.
Conscience is a man’s compass.
Vincent Van Gogh
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Very interesting metaphors. I’d like to see more examples.
These are very……….interesting. I like some but now all especially mine
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