by The Chocolate Dictionary
A simile in which life, or an aspect of life, is compared to a box of chocolates. The best known chocism comes from the 1994 movie Forrest Gump, which states: “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get”. Since then, journalists, commentators and bloggers have all come up with interesting and amusing variations of their own:
- The pessimistic: “Life is like a box of chocolates, the best ones are half-eaten”; or: “Life is like a box of chocolates, I must have grabbed the wrong damn box”.
- The anti-romantic: “Men are like chocolates, you never know when you’re going to get a nut”.
- The matrimonial: “Marriage is like a box of chocolates, you have to squeeze a few bottoms to make sure you like what you’re getting”.
- The educational: “Return on investment in training has a lot in common with a box of chocolates: what you see is not necessarily what you get”.
- The political: “Like a box of chocolates – you never know when you’re going to get a fudge”.
Because life is a box of chocolates: we are born when the box is opened; we live as we choose our way through the assortment; and we die when the box is empty.