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Life consists of rare, isolated moments of the greatest significance, and of innumerably many intervals, during which at best the silhouettes of those moments hover about us. Love, springtime, every beautiful melody, mountains, the moon, the sea - all these speak completely to the heart but once, if in fact they ever do get a chance to speak completely
—  F. Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human
The birth of metaphor
  • THREE:I once met a four.
  • TWO:Really?! What was it like?
  • THREE:It wasn't really "like" anything. It just was.
  • TWO:Well, did you like this four you met?
  • THREE:There wasn't anything to "like." But there was a lot to love. It's hard to explain.
  • TWO:So this four was lovely ... as lovely as what? Give me an example c'mon!
  • THREE:Hmm. Not "as" lovely "as" anything else. It just <i>was</i> love, you know.
  • TWO:So you met a four. Oh, man, that's all I need to know.
  • THREE:Yeah, it <i>was</i> beautiful ... <i>met a four</i>.
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  • ("met a four" <i>is</i> a metaphor)