Parabola (par-ab’-o-la): The explicit drawing of a parallel between two essentially dissimilar things, especially with a moral or didactic purpose. A parable.

Life is like a box of candy— full of little sweet things that are bad for you. Maybe life should be more like a set of rotary nose hair clippers—it would go around and around (like reincarnation) and keep you well groomed.

Anyway, so many sayings about life lead us astray and need to be permanently checked out of the library of wisdom. For example: “If at first you don’t succeed try try again.” If you’re trying more than three times, you should quit and try something else.

Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (

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