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  • In Plato’s allegory, the prisoners in the cave represent people living in ignorance.
  • "Allegory’s beyond me," said Jim.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • Well, it’s an allegory,
    Edward Albee  --  Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • He looked like a figure from an allegory: black-aproned carpenter-mystic, half in shadow.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch

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  • Other arrangements could be devised according to the tastes or views of those who like allegory or topical reference.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Enduring legends like Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, King Arthur, and Sleeping Beauty were Grail allegories.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • There was the allegory of my whole life: I, in the shadow, at the ladder’s foot, While others lightly mount to Love and Fame!
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Then he was again led somewhere still blindfolded, and as they went along he was told allegories of the toils of his pilgrimage, of holy friendship, of the Eternal Architect of the universe, and of the courage with which he should endure toils and dangers.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Having interested the children, I then, leaving allegory, pressed simply and earnestly home to each young heart the truths I sought to teach; and, with a short prayer for a blessing on my words, brought the service to a close.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Though your poem is allegory, I believe that it has helped many of us to better understand the hardships you have faced since Saphira’s egg appeared to you, for which we are, in no small way, responsible.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest

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  • Those few who did know the truth kept it hidden behind a veil of symbols, legends, and allegory.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • The whole landscape, which, seen by a favoring light, and in a genial temperature, had been found so lovely, appeared now like some pictured allegory of life, in which objects were arrayed in their harshest but truest colors, and without the relief of any shadowing.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Allegories have one mission to accomplish—convey a certain message, in this case, the quest of the devout Christian to reach heaven.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • So ignorant are most landsmen of some of the plainest and most palpable wonders of the world, that without some hints touching the plain facts, historical and otherwise, of the fishery, they might scout at Moby Dick as a monstrous fable, or still worse and more detestable, a hideous and intolerable allegory.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • The allegory is the soul of the poem, but like the soul within the body it does not show itself in independent existence.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • I declare that this bold metaphor is admirable, and that the natural history of the theatre, on a day of allegory and royal marriage songs, is not in the least startled by a dolphin who is the son of a lion.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • The journey to the forest and the ensuing battle can be read on different planes of reality, like medieval allegory.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • No one knew me, for I disguised my voice, and no one dreamed of the silent, haughty Miss March (for they think I am very stiff and cool, most of them, and so I am to whippersnappers) could dance and dress, and burst out into a ’nice derangement of epitaphs, like an allegory on the banks of the Nile’.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • ’Ah, but it was symbolic,’ they’ll say, ’an allegory,’ and the devil knows what all!
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Perhaps all birth is an allegory!
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • The sculptors of those days had stocks of such funereal emblems in hand; as you may see still on the walls of St. Paul’s, which are covered with hundreds of these braggart heathen allegories.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • The allegory of a physical mountain for the spiritual one that stands between each soul and its goal is an easy and natural one to make.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • In Plato’s allegory of the metals, the philosopher classifies men into groups of gold, silver, and lead.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • All similes and allegories concerning her began and ended with birds.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • To lay aside all allegory, the concern for what must become of poor Molly greatly disturbed and perplexed the mind of the worthy youth.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • …one of rare and original invention, for imitating Ovid in burlesque style, I show in it who the Giralda of Seville and the Angel of the Magdalena were, what the sewer of Vecinguerra at Cordova was, what the bulls of Guisando, the Sierra Morena, the Leganitos and Lavapies fountains at Madrid, not forgetting those of the Piojo, of the Cano Dorado, and of the Priora; and all with their allegories, metaphors, and changes, so that they are amusing, interesting, and instructive, all at once.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • We are sitting together in a Turkish bath having a conversation, except that Mintouchian is doing most of the talking, explaining various facts of existence to me, by allegory mostly.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • His writings, to do them justice, are not altogether destitute of fancy and originality; they might have won him greater reputation but for an inveterate love of allegory, which is apt to invest his plots and characters with the aspect of scenery and people in the clouds, and to steal away the human warmth out of his conceptions.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Rappaccini’s Daughter
  • When I read about those solitary leviathans, I feared I had stumbled on an allegory of my own life, that I would spend my life unable to make a connection, unable to find someone attracted by the beauty and urgency of my song.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • …to burst forth torrents of fire, timidity and zeal, who, as he pierced the Aubusson tapestries that screened the door of the room in which the music was being given with his impetuous, vigilant, desperate gaze, appeared, with a soldierly impassibility or a supernatural faith—an allegory of alarums, incarnation of alertness, commemoration of a riot—to be looking out, angel or sentinel, from the tower of dungeon or cathedral, for the approach of the enemy or for the hour of Judgment.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Reading it now, the allegory seemed obvious and clumsy.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • To disguise the true story as fiction or allegory.
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • He, of all people, trapped in an allegory!
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • "I am sure that there is some allegory about it," Colia persisted.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • He had talentsof irony, allegory, and fable that he could adapt with great skill to the promotion of moral and political truth.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • The whole allegory is a consistent attack on morality and respectability, without a word that one can remember against vice and crime.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • The answers following the questions, which now came from all of them, grew longer and longer, for they became parables, examples, allegories.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • Nicolas Wyatt’s radical interpretation of the Adam and Eve story supposes that it was, in fact, written as a political allegory by the deuteronomists.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • This might not be a problem, were it not for the Tiber being located a stone’s throw from the Capitol Building, that beautiful unfinished idea that towers above the city like an allegory for the nation itself.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • Hayward led them into a large, long room, dingily magnificent, with huge pictures on the walls of nude women: they were vast allegories of the school of Haydon; but smoke, gas, and the London atmosphere had given them a richness which made them look like old masters.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • Moreover, I said, you must not wonder that those who attain to this beatific vision are unwilling to descend to human affairs; for their souls are ever hastening into the upper world where they desire to dwell; which desire of theirs is very natural, if our allegory may be trusted.
    Plato  --  Allegory of the Cave
  • Many a man has died with a heroic expression on his lips, but with heaviness and distrust at his heart; for, whatever may be the varieties of our religious creeds, let us depend on the mediation of Christ, the dogmas of Mahomet, or the elaborated allegories of the East, there is a conviction, common to all men, that death is but the stepping-stone between this and a more elevated state of being.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • For, although an ingenious Allegory relating to a butcher, a threelegged stool, a dog, and a leg of mutton, this narrative consumed time; and they were in great suspense.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • "I don’t think I know what you mean," she said; "you use too many figures of speech; I could never understand allegories.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • "Good night!" says Mr. Tulkinghorn, and goes home to Allegory and meditation.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • In which Allegory, the Offender is the Sinner; both the Adversary and the Judge is God; the Way is this Life; the Prison is the Grave; the Officer, Death; from which, the sinner shall not rise again to life eternall, but to a second Death, till he have paid the utmost farthing, or Christ pay it for him by his Passion, which is a full Ransome for all manner of sin, as well lesser sins, as greater crimes; both being made by the passion of Christ equally veniall.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • He saw in Mr Chivery, with some astonishment, quite an Allegory of Silence, as he stood with his key on his lips.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Medical Allegory
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • "I don’t think I know what you mean," she said; "you use too many figures of speech; I could never understand allegories.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • "It is remarkable," he said, "how a man cannot summarize his thoughts in even the most general sort of way without betraying himself completely, without putting his whole self into it, quite unawares, presenting as if in an allegory the basic themes and problems of his life.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
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