„Shakespeare led a life of allegory: his works are the comments on it.“

—  John Keats, Context: A man's life of any worth is a continual allegory — and very few eyes can see the mystery of life — a life like the Scriptures, figurative... Lord Byron cuts a figure, but he is not figurative. Shakespeare led a life of allegory: his works are the comments on it. Letter to George and Georgiana Keats (February 14 - May 3, 1819)
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„A fairytale is not an allegory. There may be allegory in it, but it is not an allegory.“

—  George MacDonald Scottish journalist, novelist 1824 - 1905
Context: A fairytale is not an allegory. There may be allegory in it, but it is not an allegory. He must be an artist indeed who can, in any mode, produce a strict allegory that is not a weariness to the spirit.

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„A man's life of any worth is a continual allegory — and very few eyes can see the mystery of life“

—  John Keats English Romantic poet 1795 - 1821
Context: A man's life of any worth is a continual allegory — and very few eyes can see the mystery of life — a life like the Scriptures, figurative... Lord Byron cuts a figure, but he is not figurative. Shakespeare led a life of allegory: his works are the comments on it. Letter to George and Georgiana Keats (February 14 - May 3, 1819)

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„This is not mere allegory, but an eternal memory.“

—  Erwin Schrödinger Austrian physicist 1887 - 1961
Context: No self is of itself alone. It has a long chain of intellectual ancestors. The "I" is chained to ancestry by many factors … This is not mere allegory, but an eternal memory. Writings of July 1918, quoted in A Life of Erwin Schrödinger (1994) by Walter Moore

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„All perishable is but an allegory.“

—  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe German writer, artist, and politician 1749 - 1832
Variant translation: All that is transitory is but a metaphor. Act V, Chorus mysticus, last sentence, immediately before:

„My idea was that with an automatic move you could create a world [Newman's comment on his series small mixed media works, 1944].“

—  Barnett Newman American artist 1905 - 1970
In: Abstract Expressionism, David Anfam, Thames and Hudson Ltd., London 1990, p. 112

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„As headstrong as an allegory on the banks of the Nile.“

—  Richard Brinsley Sheridan Irish-British politician, playwright and writer 1751 - 1816
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„Scientists are not known for the graces of courtesy and tact when commenting on the work of others.“

—  Scott L. Montgomery American geologist and writer
The Chicago Guide to Communicating Science, second edition, University of Chicago press, 2017, page 83 .

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„You can make the Ring an allegory of our own time, if you like: an allegory of the inevitable fate that awaits all attempts to defeat evil power by power. But that is only because all power magical or mechanical does always so work.“

—  John Ronald Reuel Tolkien British philologist and author, creator of classic fantasy works 1892 - 1973
Letter to his publisher (31 July 1947); published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (1981), Letter 109

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„Each character is an allegory for every aspect of human existence.“

—  Vanna Bonta Italian-American writer, poet, inventor, actress, voice artist (1958-2014) 1958 - 2014

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