The greatest thing by far is to have a command of metaphor. This alone cannot be imparted by another; it is the mark of genius, for to make good metaphors implies an eye for resemblances.
To see things thousands of miles away, things hidden behind walls and within rooms, things dangerous to come to, that is the purpose of life.
—The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
Duomo - Milano
I did not die – I was not living either!
Try to imagine, if you can imagine,
me there, deprived of life and death at once.
—Dante Aligheri, Inferno (via elisebrown)