Metaphors for life




I was going to say that they missed my favorite Tennessee Williams line, but alas, he was speaking of time, not life.

Time rushes towards us with its hospital tray of infinitely varied narcotics, even while it is preparing us for its inevitably fatal operation.


They forgot the box of chocolates.


“Life is like a sewer, what you get out of it depends on what you put into it”
Tom Lehrer, attributed to his “Uncle Hen3ry”. (The “3” was silent)


Life is like SCSI chain, where all of the device IDs conflict with each other.


“Life is a banana; it’s yellow and it slides.”

Some comedy guy from a long time ago.


“Life’s like a firework, you’re only lit once, and you must stand and radiate correctly…” (XTC.)


So tempted to try for that Pedant Pendant right now…


Life is like a sexual transmitted disease: You get it from someone else and hate them for it and then you give it to someone else and act like it’s not that bad.


“Life is a sexually transmitted disease and the mortality rate is one hundred percent.”

  • R. D. Laing


A beach.


A long agonized illness only curable by death - Spike Milligan


life is: like this comment


You have to s(i)mile.


I’m surprised nobody’s posted this yet:


Still wise after all these years:

Life’s a piece of shit
When you look at it.
Life’s a laugh and death’s a joke, it’s true.
You’ll see its all a show, keep 'em laughin as you go
Just remember that the last laugh is on you.

-Eric Idle


"Life is like a box of chocolates. A cheap, thoughtless, perfunctory gift
that nobody ever asks for. Unreturnable because all you get back is
another box of chocolates. So you’re stuck with this undefinable whipped
mint crap that you mindlessly wolf down when there’s nothing else left
to eat. Sure, once in a while there’s a peanut butter cup or an English
toffee. But they’re gone too fast and the taste is… fleeting. So, you
end up with nothing but broken bits filled with hardened jelly and
teeth-shattering nuts. And if you’re desperate enough to eat those, all
you got left is an empty box filled with useless brown paper wrappers. "
- Cigarette Smoking Man, X-Files


“We all come into the story halfway through, we all catch up as best we can, and we’re all gonna die before it ends.” - Peter Watts


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