An analogy can make a complex problem seem simpler by comparing it to a similar situation.
an analogous source of error
Edgar Allan Poe -- The Purloined Letter
He doesn’t try to cheer Cy up with any more analogies, because Cy’s so smart, he can find a way to make anything sound bad.
Neal Shusterman -- Unwind
It’s not a perfect analogy, because there’s no place where I end and he begins."
Rick Yancey -- The 5th Wave
"So in this analogy, I’m the wood?"
Dave Eggers -- The Circle
"A disturbing analogy" he said.
Patrick Rothfuss -- The Name of the Wind
Speaking of analogies.
Colleen Hoover -- Hopeless
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Katja Millay -- The Sea of Tranquility
"This notion of different orders of time simultaneous but in no effective analogy or communication," Steiner continues, "may be necessary to the rest of us, who were not there, who lived as if on another planet."
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
That was the analogy I had in mind, too.
Dave Eggers -- A Hologram for the King
And, um, I know this sounds weird —" in fact, it was a completely lunatic analogy, crackpot, insane, but I didn’t know any other way to work around to what I wanted to say —"but you know Barbara Guibbory, who does those seminars up in Rhinebeck, those past-life-regression things?
Donna Tartt -- The Goldfinch
By analogy with IPL, Ender decided the letters meant Inter-Stellar Launch.
Orson Scott Card -- Ender’s Game
He made use of every kind of mental device, except analogy, and passed too boldly, it seemed to Prince Andrew, from one to another.
Leo Tolstoy -- War and Peace
Here’s a sample question, from the verbal analogies section.
Malcolm Gladwell -- Outliers
I thought I would push his analogy to its utmost logically, so I said quickly, "Oh, it is a soul you are after now, is it?"
Bram Stoker -- Dracula
Had I ever harbored the mystical notions about mountains that seem to obsess lawyers and judges, Aunt Alexandra would have been analogous to Mount Everest: throughout my early life, she was cold and there.
Harper Lee -- To Kill a Mockingbird
It had seemed like a funny analogy then; now it didn’t.
Cassandra Clare -- City of Fallen Angels
The analogy, however, seems to falter when one considers that, while there were no witches then, there are Communists and capitalists now, and in each camp there is certain proof that spies of each side are at work undermining the other.
Arthur Miller -- The Crucible
It was an analogy
Cassandra Clare -- City of Ashes
There is not a metaphor, not an analogy, in slang, which does not contain a lesson.
Victor Hugo -- Les Miserables
I’m not sure I like that analogy.
Nicholas Sparks -- The Lucky One
I hoped her analogy didn’t have anything to do with Titanic-sized disasters.
P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast -- Marked
But it is only found on the sinister side, which has an ill effect, giving its owner something analogous to the aspect of a clumsy left-handed man.
Herman Melville -- Moby Dick
"In the name of God," said Mr. Henchy, "where’s the analogy between the two cases?"
James Joyce -- Dubliners
It includes the power of not grasping analogies, of failing to perceive logical errors, of misunderstanding the simplest arguments if they are inimical to Ingsoc, and of being bored or repelled by any train of thought which is capable of leading in a heretical direction.
George Orwell -- 1984
’Very well, Captain,’ interrupted Gudgeon hurriedly, before the sprite could complete his graphic analogy.
Eoin Colfer -- Artemis Fowl
Students of criminology will remember the analogous incidents in Godno, in Little Russia, in the year ’66, and of course there are the Anderson murders in North Carolina, but this case possesses some features which are entirely its own.
Arthur Conan Doyle -- The Hound of the Baskervilles
That certainly is a pleasant analogy, my friend.
Ken Kesey -- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
I think that’s a fair analogy, hey, Pete?
Michael Shaara -- The Killer Angels
They are interested solely in confirming highly dubious theoretical hypotheses by the logic of analogy and induction, and make no attempt at refutation or inter-sufyective testing.
Chaim Potok -- The Chosen
Of course the vital heat is not to be confounded with fire; but so much for analogy.
Henry David Thoreau -- Walden
The mother herself—as if the red ignominy were so deeply scorched into her brain that all her conceptions assumed its form—had carefully wrought out the similitude, lavishing many hours of morbid ingenuity to create an analogy between the object of her affection and the emblem of her guilt and torture.
Nathaniel Hawthorne -- The Scarlet Letter
The Bishop, who was present, was much struck by some of the analogies I drew.
Oscar Wilde -- The Importance of Being Earnest
One way to understand what Gottman is saying about marriages is to use the analogy of what people in the world of Morse code call a fist.
Malcolm Gladwell -- Blink
I felt a sudden wave of sadness when I realized that this was not a bad analogy for the way I probably looked next to Edward.
Stephenie Meyer -- Eclipse
Of the present moment, and of it only, humans have an experience analogous to the experience which our Enemy has of reality as a whole; in it alone freedom and actuality are offered them.
C.S. Lewis -- The Screwtape Letters
Thus the count was halfway turned towards his visitor, having his back towards the window, his elbow resting on the geographical chart which furnished the theme of conversation for the moment,—a conversation which assumed, as in the case of the interviews with Danglars and Morcerf, a turn analogous to the persons, if not to the situation.
Alexandre Dumas -- The Count of Monte Cristo
So what can the writer use for parallels, analogies, plot structures, references, that most of his readers will know?
Thomas C. Foster -- How to Read Literature Like a Professor
To strike a rough analogy, this is like spending years researching the early incidents of masturbation in a rapist’s childhood.
Stephen King -- Carrie
The youth and cheerfulness of morning are in happy analogy, and of powerful operation; and if the distress be not poignant enough to keep the eyes unclosed, they will be sure to open to sensations of softened pain and brighter hope.
Jane Austen -- Emma
It seems her career there was very honourable: from a pupil, she became a teacher, like yourself — really it strikes me there are parallel points in her history and yours — she left it to be a governess: there, again, your fates were analogous; she undertook the education of the ward of a certain Mr. Rochester.
Charlotte Bronte -- Jane Eyre
The analogy was well meant, but did not altogether please him.
Edith Wharton -- The Age of Innocence
Leavitt himself suggested the analogy of the upper atmosphere and the depths of the sea as equally inhospitable environments, but equally viable.
Michael Crichton -- The Andromeda Strain
This holy place, established in 1869, was dedicated to the spirits of all the Japanese who had died in wars against foreign powers, and could be thought roughly analogous, in terms of its symbolism for the nation, to the Arlington National Cemetery — with the difference that souls, not bodies, were hallowed there.
John Hersey -- Hiroshima
Is it possible, I wonder, that there was any analogy between the case of the Coketown population and the case of the little Gradgrinds?
Charles Dickens -- Hard Times
’That’s not even a valid analogy.
Sarah Dessen -- Lock and Key
Between ingenuity and the analytic ability there exists a difference far greater, indeed, than that between the fancy and the imagination, but of a character very strictly analogous.