James Geary quotes

  • You only really discover the strength of your spine when your back is against the wall.
    -- James Geary

    #Wall #Spine

  • A simile is just a metaphor with the scaffolding still up.
    -- James Geary

    #Smile #Metaphor #Simile

  • I believe aphorisms are best when first read in the wild, free from the confines of any categories.
    -- James Geary

    #Believe #Firsts #Aphorism

  • Sometimes, you need a door slammed in your face before you can hear opportunity knock.
    -- James Geary

    #Opportunity #Doors #Needs

  • In the margin for error lies all our room for maneuver.
    -- James Geary

    #Lying #Errors #Rooms

  • Metaphors hide in plain sight, and their influence is largely unconscious. We should mind our metaphors, though, because metaphors make up our minds.
    -- James Geary

    #Sight #Mind #Influence

  • London always reminds me of a brain. It is similarly convoluted and circuitous. A lot of cities, especially American ones like New York and Chicago, are laid out in straight lines. Like the circuits on computer chips, there are a lot of right angles in cities like this. But London is a glorious mess. It evolved from a score or so of distinct villages, that merged and meshed as their boundaries enlarged. As a result, London is a labyrinth, full of turnings and twistings just like a brain.
    -- James Geary

    #New York #Cities #Brain

  • Metaphor lives a secret life all around us. We utter about six metaphors a minute. Metaphorical thinking is essential to how we understand ourselves and others, how we communicate and learn, discover and invent.
    -- James Geary

    #Thinking #Secret #Essentials

  • Aphorisms are literature's hand luggage. Light and compact, they fit easily into the overhead compartment of your brain.
    -- James Geary

    #Light #Hands #Brain

  • By bringing together what we know and what we don't know through analogy, metaphorical thinking strikes the spark that ignites discovery,
    -- James Geary

    #Thinking #Discovery #Together

  • The mind revels in conjecture. Where information is lacking, it will gladly fill in the gaps.
    -- James Geary

    #Mind #Information #Gaps

  • Heroism often results as a response to extreme events.
    -- James Geary

    #Heroism #Events #Results