Quotes: Descriptions and Similes Vividly Expressed

(picturesque, poetic, and sometimes, humorous writing)

description (s) (noun), descriptions (pl)
A written or verbal account, representation, or explanation of someone or something.
A policeman is describing a criminal to a police artist.
A police officer is providing a description of a criminal to a police artist.

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1. Containing or consisting of description.
2. Serving mainly to label, describe, or classify.
simile (s) (noun), similes (pl)
1. A figure of speech in which two essentially unlike things are compared, often in a phrase introduced by like or as.
2. A figure of speech that expresses a resemblance between things of different kinds.
1. Presenting the appearance, freshness, spirit, etc., of life; realistic.
2. Strong, distinct, or clearly perceptible.
3. Forming distinct, lifelike, and striking mental images.
4. Etymology: from Latin vividus, "spirited, animated, lively", from vivus, "alive".


A blanket of fog tucks the city in for the night.
—Sister Eugene Marie

A night so sharp and still that one could almost hear the stars twinkling.
—J. A. Hillegass

The wind shepherding woolly flocks of clouds across the sky.
—Eric Forbes-Boyd

Crocuses catching lazy snowflakes in their cups.
—Tom Miles

Spring, a time when trees are turning over a new leaf.
—Jane Clark

People who think time heals all things haven't tried sitting it out in a doctor's waiting room.

As untrustworthy as a new bottle of catsup.
—Joe McCarthy

As optimistic as a seed catalogue.
—Irvin S. Cobb

As plain as the no's on a mother's face.
—Patricia Clafford

As unimaginative as a mirror.

Outside a suburban house: "Beware of the dog—he makes snap judgments".
—Johonet C. Wicks

As unpredictable as a grapefruit's squirt.

Crows pleading their caws.
—Philo Brockway

Clouds towing their shadows over the pasture.
—David Unwin

“Mehr als das Gold hat das Blei in der Welt verändert. Und mehr als das Blei in der Flinte das im Setzkasten.”

More than gold, it's lead that changed the world, and more than the lead in a gun, it was the lead in the typesetter’s (printer's) case.

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742-1799)

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