Analogy (plural: analogies) (from Greek ἀναλογία, analogia, "proportion") is a cognitive process of transferring information or meaning from a particular subject (the analogue or source) to another particular subject (the target), or a linguistic expression corresponding to such a process. Analogy is also relationship of resemblance or equivalence between two situations, people, or objects, especially when used as a basis for explanation or extrapolation. The concepts of association, comparison, correspondence, mathematical and morphological homology, homomorphism, iconicity, isomorphism, metaphor, resemblance, and similarity are closely related to analogy. The word analogy can also refer to the relation between the source and the target themselves, which is often, though not necessarily, a similarity, as in the biological notion of analogy.
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- Analogies are figures intended to serve as fatal weapons if they succeed, and as innocent toys if they fail.
- Henry Adams, Mont Saint Michel and Chartres (1904), Ch. XIV
- Life is like an analogy.
- Nothing escapes God's knowledge. This is proved by the witness of the Scriptures and the analogy of the sun, which, although created, yet by its light or heat enters into all things.
- If you're gonna use simile, analogy, metaphor, be descriptive and have some flowery adjectives and a few odd nouns and some engaging bits of dialogue or sentiment, then you're sort of writing a novel, really. But rock lyrics are not really known for their sophistication.
- A mathematician is a person who can find analogies between theorems; a better mathematician is one who can see analogies between proofs and the best mathematician can notice analogies between theories. One can imagine that the ultimate mathematician is one who can see analogies between analogies.
- One of the biggest mistakes that people make when they think about memes is they try to extend on the analogy with genes. That's not how it works. It works by realizing the concept of a replicator.
- I think it's absolutely clear that the fiscal path we are on is not sustainable, and for me, the best analogy is these deficits are like a cancer, and over time they will destroy the country from within.
- The mind of a human being is formed only of comparisons made in order to examine analogies, and therefore cannot precede the existence of memory.
- A kid living on the street is a bit like—and please pardon the analogy here—a weed. The longer he's on the street, the harder it is to pull him out by the root. We lose a lot of these kids. More than we save. And forget the weed analogy. It’s stupid because it implies that we are getting rid of something bad and preserving something good.
- Is there any analogy, in certain constitutions, between keeping an umbrella up, and keeping the spirits up?
- Charles Dickens (1869), in The Uncommercial Traveller, and Additional Christmas Stories, p. 102
- Yes, it is a rehearsed show, yes, it was analogy of going to see a play at the theatre, where everything has to be in place and whole things, everything being works, all works together to get the best effect you know it's more like an actor learning a part.
- Nationality is the miracle of political independence; race is the principle of physical analogy.
- The world is full of hopeful analogies and handsome, dubious eggs, called possibilities.
- I have expertise in five different fields which helps me to easily understand the analogy between my scientific problems and those occurring in nature.
- Yet the systole and diastole of the heart are not without their analogy in the ebb and flow of love.
- Kids are a great analogy. You want your kids to grow up and you don't want your kids to grow up. And you can't have it both ways. You want your kids to become independent of you, but it's also in a way a parent's worst nightmare: for them to not need you. So, how do you reconcile those two very strong emotions? You don't. You live with that problem. It's the real tragedy of parenting. And maybe there's some sense in which in art you can have it both ways whereas in life you can't.
- Analogy: ...a form of reasoning that is particularly liable to yield false conclusions from true premises.
- The Fontana Dictionary of Modern Thought (1977) ed. Alan Bullock, Olive Stallybrass, p. 20.
- That is why the analogy of stealing does not work. With a thief, we want to know how much money he stole, and from whom. With the artist it is not how much he took and from whom, but what he did with it.
- Let me give you an analogy; analogies, it is true, decide nothing, but they can make one feel more at home.
- "Forgive and Forget" (...Understand the Analogy)
As her demeaning grips became tighter
His emotional and mental well being lowered
Well his heart bled and his soul began to wither
Yet his spirit was able to unleash a rejuvenation process
And is willing to forget and forgive
And with No apology he doesn't understand the analogy.
- Alfred Guajardo, in Al's Poem Zone (26 August 2010)
- The solution of the difficulty is that the two mental pictures which experiment lead us to form - the one of the particles, the other of the waves - are both incomplete and have only the validity of analogies which are accurate only in limiting cases.
- As the Church is the aggregate of believers, there is an intimate analogy between the experience of the individual believer, and of the Church as a whole.
- Divine life is in touch with the whole universe on the analogy of the soul's contact with the body.
- Niels Bohr's model of the atom made an analogy between the atom and the solar system.
- Tijana T. Ivancevic, et al, in Complex Sports Biodynamics: With Practical Applications in Tennis 28 December 2008, p. 191
- I like to use the analogy of going to the gym. If you go to the gym and your goal is, 'I want to look just like David Beckham,' then that drives you to do certain things. You may never look like Beckham, but it is a goal. Cities need the same thing. They need a vision and a plan for their ideal physique.
- Music and politics are in essence about communication. Without over-stretching the analogy I do feel a sense of rhythm is important in getting your message across.
- The trouble with analogies — and also their greatest strength and value — is that they can work reciprocally. The crowd scene in nightdress that looks (and feels) like the Last Judgment. And the Last Judgment, at least for this play, in its ...
- Arthur F. Kinney (2001), in Lies Like Truth: Shakespeare, Macbeth, and the Cultural Moment, p. 273
- The concentration of a small child at play is analogous to the concentration of the artist of any discipline. In real play, which is real concentration, the child is not only outside time, he is outside himself. He has thrown himself completely into whatever it is he is doing. A child playing a game, building a sand castle, painting a picture, is completely in what he is doing. His self-consciousness is gone; his consciousness is wholly focused outside himself.
- Madeleine L'Engle, in A Circle of Quiet (1972), Section 1.3
- Perhaps the easiest way to think of it is in terms of a simple analogy: hardware is to software as a television set is to the shows that appear on it.
- One good analogy is worth three hours discussion.
- While analogies are useful, however, they can also be misleading. They smuggle in assumptions that can be wrong.
- I am my own worst enemy,
suffocating soul that the devil won't claim.
I don't if I believe in you anymore, but everything
needs an analogy.
- If you have distance from the events, then your story can work as an analogy or parable rather than its literal narrative.
- I tend to approach things from a physics framework. And physics teaches you to reason from first principles rather than by analogy.
- If one looks at the different problems of the integral calculus which arise naturally when one wishes to go deep into the different parts of physics, it is impossible not to be struck by the analogies existing.
- The mathematical facts worthy of being studied are those which, by their analogy with other facts, are capable of leading us to the knowledge of a physical law.
- The principle of equity first came into evidence in Roman jurisprudence and was derived by analogy from the physical meaning of the word.
- I think the Cold War works as a great analogy or simile for different kinds of conflict. It's funny, when you look back at it, it's one of the last times that the boundaries were clear. Now, as we see on 'Homeland,' there are no clear boundaries and enemies.
- The analogy I use is that 'World of Warcraft' is like going to the mall: you see a ton of people there, but you don't really want to interact with them; you just want to know you're part of the human race. And if you get in trouble, you'll know someone else is there.
- Mathematics is the study of analogies between analogies. All science is. Scientists want to show that things that don't look alike are really the same. That is one of their innermost Freudian motivations. In fact, that is what we mean by understanding.
- Art is not supposed to change the world, to change practical things, but to change perceptions. Art can change the way we see the world. Art can create an analogy.
- JR, Street Artist, in Inside Out Baltimore (JUNE 13, 2012)
- We often attribute 'understanding' and other cognitive predicates by metaphor and analogy to cars, adding machines, and other artifacts, but nothing is proved by such attributions.
- The aim of all commentary on art now should be to make works of art - and, by analogy, our own experience - more, rather than less, real to us. The function of criticism should be to show how it is what it is, even that it is what it is, rather than to show what it means.
- Tori Amos had a major influence on how I craft words in a song. Until I heard 'Little Earthquakes' all my lyrics used really obvious analogies like rain for tears.
- As I wrote I began to see more strongly that there were inescapable analogies. You couldn't really live through the '80s without feeling how crass and distasteful some of the economic doctrines were. The slave trade is a perfect model for that kind of total devotion to the profit motive without reckoning the human consequences.
- The old analogy likening the human mind to an imperfect mirror, which modifies the images it reflects, occurred more than once to Odo during the hunchback’s lively delineation.
- The analogies Gandhi uses to describe God's relationship to the world are ones that point to pantheism not Shankara's transcendental monism, or if John White's critique of Shankara is correct, a transcendental dualism.
- John D. White, in Gandhi, Deep Religious Pluralism, And Multiculturalism quoted by Nick Gier, Professor Emeritus, University of Idaho
- Many people tend to look at programming styles and languages like religions: if you belong to one, you cannot belong to others. But this analogy is another fallacy.