Respected quotation anthologist and author of Oxymoronica and Viva la Repartee Dr. Mardy Grothe is at his best in Metaphors Be with You, an A to Z dictionary of 2,500 of history’s greatest metaphorical quotations, meticulously curated for writers, readers, and quotation lovers everywhere.

In Metaphors Be with You, Dr. Mardy Grothe has created the definitive reference on English’s finest metaphors, sourced from literature, politics, philosophy, Hollywood, religion, sports, comedy, history, religion, pop culture, and more, featuring “ The Ten Best Things Ever Said” in each category. Metaphors Be with You includes quotations on five hundred human interest topics and an introduction to the nature, importance, and sheer joy of metaphorical language.

Essential for writers, readers, and language aficionados, this breathtaking, beautifully designed sourcebook also contains elegantly integrated digital access to Dr. Mardy’s Dictionary of Metaphorical Quotations, the world’s largest online database of quotations containing metaphors, similes, and analogies. This one-of-a-kind synergy between print and technology offers a comprehensive look at the diversity of words and phrases we use to relate to, understand, and describe our world by providing access to detailed source information, innumerable “Error Alerts,” and fascinating quotation backstories that will engage readers as they delve into metaphorical language and discover their own favorites.

Whether you’re crafting a speech, writing a novel, or simply searching for new ways to express yourself, this remarkable compendium is sure to inspire you with the perfect metaphor every time.

DR. MARDY GROTHE is a retired psychologist, management consultant, and platform speaker; the author of six “word and language” books; and the creator of Dr. Mardy’s Dictionary of Metaphorical Quotations. Dr. Mardy—as his many fans worldwide know him—is one of America’s most beloved quotation anthologists. He lives in Southern Pines, North Carolina, with his wife, Katherine Robinson.

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Dr. Mardy Grothe has established himself with his previous books as one of the most profound and popular quotation-book authors of all time.  Now he has topped himself with the delightful Metaphors Be With You, presenting the “Ten Best Things Ever Said” on 250 compelling topics.  Anyone who enjoys language, thought, culture, humor—in short, everyone on the planet—should devour this convenient volume.  Dr. Mardy uses metaphor as a window through which we can view the world. 

         —  Fred Shapiro, Editor of The Yale Book of Quotations

Dr. Mardy Grothe's multi-decade wide-ranging search has produced a magnificent collection of vivid quotations employing the most expressive figurative language. The topic-based organization is perfect for writers and speakers who require a hilarious barb, a coruscating insight, or a tender thought for an article or speech.  Grothe’s encyclopedic knowledge and curatorial eye assure that every page contains well-chosen statements with carefully researched ascriptions that even quotation aficionados have not seen before.  In addition, the book innovatively uses QR codes to provide links to a valuable companion website. I am happy to give this book my highest recommendation.

              —  Garson O'Toole, Quote Investigator, author of Hemingway Didn’t Say That: The Truth Behind Familiar Quotations

Dr. Mardy Grothe’s Metaphors Be With You is a head-smacking, jaw-dropping compendium of shimmering gems of thought that not only energized, inspired, and entertained me, but powerfully displayed the richness, variety, and strength of metaphor in human discourse. Reading the book, and using the QR Codes, is the equivalent of a mini-liberal-arts education. An engaging read, this book will delight anyone who has ever been moved by a metaphor.

               —  Rosalie Maggio, author of How to Say It

Mardy Grothe describes Metaphors Be with You as “a museum of quotations” but, thanks to his innovative use of QR codes linked to an online database, the book is a living, breathing museum of metaphorical masterpieces all language lovers will want to explore.

— James Geary, author of I Is an Other: The Secret Life of Metaphor and How It Shapes the Way We See the World

Mardy Grothe has been wandering on the shores of the English language collecting quotations his whole life. There's an ocean of quotations out there and he has picked the best in this delightful new book.

— Anu Garg, Founder of

Language is metaphor, and the English language never metaphor it didn't like. In Metaphors Be With You, renowned quotations hunter-gatherer Dr. Mardy Grothe displays the brightest metaphors ever created.

      — Richard Lederer, author of Anguished English

In addition to being one of the most interesting books of quotations ever published, Metaphors Be With You is a groundbreaking innovation for a digital age. The extensive use of QR Codes transforms pages on paper into an interactive gateway to thousands of other quotations on the monumental, annotated online database, “Dr. Mardy’s Dictionary of Metaphorical Quotations” (DMDMQ).  Pure genius! 

                                         — Robert Deis, Editor of and

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