"Reading material written in the passive voice is like running in deep mud. We encourage you to write in the active voice, rather than in the passive voice."
"Using the passive voice is like spilling hot coffee in your lap on an unfamiliar road: it forces the audience to focus on other things that the road you are laying out ahead of them."
"Not really, but the passive voice is not nearly as bad as everyone thinks it is and I use it fairly often, and, I think, fairly well. But remember that the passive voice is like ice cream. (Huh?) Ice cream is delicious and it's ok to eat ice cream sometimes. However, eating ice cream all the time isn't healthy. The passive voice is ok to use as long as you use it correctly and not too much."
METAMIA is a free database of analogy and metaphor. Anyone can contribute or search. The subject matter can be anything. Science is popular, but poetry is encouraged. The goal is to integrate our fluid muses with the stark literalism of a relational database. Metamia is like a girdle for your muses, a cognitive girdle.