“When he lifted me up in his arms I felt I had left all my troubles on the floor beneath me like gigantic concrete shoes.”
(Anne Tyler, Earthly Possessions. Random House, 1977)
“She dealt with moral problems as a cleaver deals with meat.”
(James Joyce, “The Boarding House”)
“Without warning, Lionel gave one of his tight little sneezes: it sounded like a bullet fired through a silencer.”
(Martin Amis, Lionel Asbo: State of England. Alfred A. Knopf, 2012)
“When Lee Mellon finished the apple he smacked his lips together like a pair of cymbals.”
(Richard Brautigan, A Confederate General From Big Sur, 1964)
“Life is like an onion: You peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep.”
Shrek: Ogres are like onions.
Donkey: They stink?
Shrek: Yes. No!
Donkey: They make you cry?
Donkey: You leave them out in the sun, they get all brown, start sprouting little white hairs.
Shrek: No! Layers! Onions have layers!
“My face looks like a wedding-cake left out in the rain.”
(W.H. Auden, quoted by Humphrey Carpenter in W.H. Auden: A Biography. HarperCollins, 1981)
“[H]e looked about as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food.”
(Raymond Chandler, Farewell, My Lovely, 1940)
“you fit into me like a hook into an eye a fish hook an open eye”
“Matt Leinart slid into the draft like a bald tire on black ice.”
(Rob Oller, Columbus Dispatch, Feb. 25, 2007)