Dr. Mardy's Dictionary of Metaphorical Quotations


When crafting a speech, column, course, book chapter or toast, you can anchor your idea in an apt, classic and eloquent quote by turning to this priceless free dictionary, searching by relevant words. Over the years Dr. Mardy Grothe’s well-researched books on metaphors, aphorisms and other quotations have become widely popular for their entertainment and accuracy.

—Kare Anderson, Opportunity Maker TED talk (over 1.9 million views), founder of Say it Better

Dr. Mardy Grothe is a towering grandmaster of quotations. His books are simultaneously thought-provoking, entertaining and well-researched. And his online Dr. Mardy’s Dictionary of Metaphorical Quotations is a huge accomplishment, a truly new kind of quotation reference source for the 21st century. As one of the few comprehensive online quotation collections that includes citations for each entry, it's a unique resource for both casual quotation lovers and more serious quotation researchers.

—Robert Deis, editor of This Day in Quotes and Quote/Counterquote

We seldom find a work of great scholarship that’s also a great joy to read and ponder. Dr. Mardy’s Dictionary of Metaphorical Quotations is such a work. Arranged alphabetically by subject with entries listed alphabetically by author within each subject, this unique collection of brilliant aphorisms, epigrams, and observations is destined to become a classic in its realm, and ultimately one of the world’s most trusted and respected Internet quotation sites.

—Leonard Roy Frank, editor of Random House Webster’s Quotationary

A living, breathing museum of metaphorical masterpieces all language lovers will want to explore.

—James Geary, author of I Is an Other: The Secret Life of Metaphor and How It Shapes the Way We See the World

Generations to come will scarce believe that ever in the history of collections of literary quotes has so much been done for so many by a single man.

—Dr. Fuad Jaleel, Wikipedia activist and administrator at Malayalam Wikiquote

Magnificent and Monumental—a Masterpiece! Already a standout in the world of quotations and figures of speech, Dr. Mardy Grothe has left other quotation collectors far behind with his Dictionary of Metaphorical Quotations. Combining thousands of carefully chosen, authenticated selections with delightful anecdotal material, Mardy serves up a literary feast for word lovers everywhere.

—Bob Kelly, author of Worth Repeating and the monthly e-zine, The KellyGram

The central figure of speech in our life and language is the metaphor, a figure of speech that merges two seemingly different objects or ideas and carries us from one realm of existence to another. In his career-capping Dictionary of Metaphorical Quotations, Mardy Grothe has brought together the most colossal display of wise, inspiring, and humorous metaphors ever exhibited in one place.

—Richard Lederer, bestselling author of numerous word and language books, including Anguished English, Lederer on Language, and Amazing Words

Dr. Mardy's Dictionary of Metaphorical Quotations is the backup brain I always wanted. An absolutely eximious collection—comprehensive and accurate—it’s arranged for maximum flexibility. I can’t resist reading each of his enlightening and entertaining Error Alerts and asides. I often use this omnibus treasure as an idea fisher when I need to broaden or deepen my thoughts on a particular topic. As a resource, it’s a gift to writers, readers, speakers, and thinkers. It’s also wicked cool!

—Rosalie Maggio, editor of The New Beacon Book of Quotations by Women and creator of the award-winning website Quotations by Women

Dr. Mardy’s Dictionary of Metaphorical Quotations is a goldmine! Or, to switch metaphors, it is a banquet of delicious bites to satiate word lovers everywhere. The painstaking research and entertaining prose provide a feast of inspiration and make finding the right quotations on any subject both easy and rewarding.

—Barbara McNichol, author of Word Trippers and the monthly e-zine, Add Power to Your Pen

In his Dictionary of Metaphorical Quotations, Mardy Grothe has created a fascinating and easily accessible home for the master trope that pervades our language and our lives. With wisdom, humor, and a keen attention to detail, he has also created the most reliable and authoritative quotations site on the Internet. Visit DMDMQ and you’ll be informed, entertained, inspired, and revived.

—Richard Nordquist, professor emeritus of rhetoric and English at Armstrong Atlantic State University and the Grammar & Composition Guide for About.com. Full review at: “Mountain of Metaphors”

Dr. Mardy Grothe is a national treasure! For years he has educated, inspired, and delighted with his Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week. Every book he has written is a sheer delight, but his Dictionary of Metaphorical Quotations will be his magnum opus, his gift to humanity, and his eternal monument in history!

—Rabbi Kalman Packouz, founder of the Shabbat Shalom Weekly

If Dr. Mardy Grothe has anything to say about it, your search for the perfect metaphor may be (almost) over … his enlightening presentation of the thousands of wise and witty metaphors, similes and analogies he’s collected over the past half century provides metaphorical nutrition for both the scholarly user and the casual peruser.

—Michael Sigman, “Quotation Maven Mardy Grothe Never Metaphor He Didn’t Like,” in The Huffington Post (Jan. 13, 2014). Full review at: Huffington Post

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