Jorge Luis Borges: Man of Good Metaphors

From Along Publishers Row by Campbell Geeslin in the Spring 2009 edition of Authors Guild Bulletin: Jorge Luis Borges in a 1966 interview in Buenos Aires (republished in The Paris Review Interview I), on metaphors...

...I found out that really good metaphors are always the same. I mean you compare time to a road, death to sleeping, life to dreaming, and those are the great metaphors in literature because they correspond to something essential. If you invent metaphors, they are apt to be surprising during the fraction of a second, but they strike no deep emotion...