: a comparison of two things based on their being alike in some way
: the act of comparing two things that are alike in some way
Analogy (n.): 1540s (perhaps early 15th century), from Old French analogie or directly from Latin and from Greek analogia “proportion,” from ana- “upon, according to” + logos “ratio,” also “word, speech, reckoning” (related to: logos). A mathematical term used in a wider sense by Plato.
“The destroyer of weeds, thistles, and thorns is a benefactor whether he soweth grain or not.”
Robert G. Ingersoll (1833-1899, American lawyer, Civil War veteran, politician and orator, best known as “the great agnostic,” who popularized criticism of the Bible and scientific rationalism.)
“What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.”
Joseph Addison (1672-1719, English essayist, poet, and dramatist, who was a leading contributor of the periodicals, “The Tattler” and “The Spectator,” which led to holding important posts in the government while the Whigs were in power.)
“Reasoning with a drunkard is like
Going under water with a torch to seek for a drowning man.”
Thiruvalluvar (flourished c. 1st century BC or 6th century AD, India, Tamil poet-saint known as the author of the “Tirukkural” (“Sacred Couplets”), considered a masterpiece of human thought)
“If a single cell, under appropriate conditions, becomes a man in the space of a few years, there can surely be no difficulty in understanding how, under appropriate conditions, a cell may, in the course of untold millions of years, give origin to the human race.”
Herbert Spencer (1820-1903, English philosopher and sociologist, an early advocate of the theory of evolution; his magnum opus was The Synthetic Philosophy (1896), a comprehensive work containing volumes on the principles of biology.)
“Tapestries are made by many artisans working together. The contributions of separate workers cannot be discerned in the completed work, and the loose and false threads have been covered over. So it is in our picture of particle physics.”
Sheldon L. Glashow (b. 1932, American theoretical physicist who received the 1979 Nobel Prize for Physics for his work on the electroweak theory, which explains the unity of electromagnetism and the weak force.)
“It be urged that the wild and uncultivated tree, hitherto yielding sour and bitter fruit only, can never be made to yield better; yet we know that the grafting art implants a new tree on the savage stock, producing what is most estimable in kind and degree. Education, in like manner, engrafts a new man on the native stock, and improves what in his nature was vicious and perverse into qualities of virtue and social worth.”
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, powerful advocate of liberty, American Founding Father, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, and the third President of the United States, 1801-1809)
“And I shuddered at the apparent freedom so many women felt simply to take what they wanted without regard for other women's feelings. It was as though we were all crazed customers at some kind of year-end shoe sale, shoving our fellow females out of the way as we clutched desperately at the few remaining pieces of merchandise. I had the discouraging sense that our culture had created female monsters, dooming us to play out these intense and bitter rivalries almost against our will.”
Susan Shapiro Barash (established writer of thirteen nonfiction women’s issue books that include: “Tripping the Prom Queen: The Truth About Women and Rivalry,” and a novel, “Between the Tides,” under the pen name, Susannah Marren)
“She has all the right equipment to look sexy, pretty even. She just overdoes everything-like she's a coloring-book women who got scribbled on by a toddler.”
Bonnie Shimko (b. 1941, author of five young adult novels)
“What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.”
— Joseph Addison
Are you one of those people who smiles without even realizing that you are doing so? I am. It’s my way of bringing more light into the world. I especially smile when meeting strangers in elevators, supermarkets, or while walking around my neighborhood.
Years ago, I was traveling on an express train in New York City on my early morning commute to work. I was reading a book and suddenly looked up at the older woman with white hair across from me, who simultaneously looked up and smiled radiantly back. It was a divine moment of synchronicity.
I also like talking to those who serve with devotion, like janitors and housekeepers who take great care to keep us safe in cleanliness. I often try my best to know these Earth Angels’ names, because they are very important people, who are often dismissed and not acknowledged. It’s such a hurtful feeling to be ignored.
I don’t often use analogies, because I don’t like comparing things or persons to others, unless it’s absolutely necessary. I believe every creation, including rocks, trees, and grains of sand are unique unto its own.
I do acknowledge the wisdom of analogies as word tools to clear our minds and to rewire our thoughts with clearer visual and literary illustrations.
Be well, my people, and have a glorious time and space away.
Much Love, Tonya