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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Honor that is gained and broken upon another hath the quickest reflection, like diamonds cut with facets; and therefore let a man contend to excel any competitors of his in honor, in outshooting them, if he can, in their own bow.
            —Francis Bacon
  Honour is like the eye, which cannot suffer the least injury without damage; it is a precious stone, the price of which is lessened by the least flaw.
            —Jacques Bénigne Bossuet
Honor is like a widow, won
With brisk attempt and putting on;
With entering manfully, and urging,
Not slow approaches, like a virgin.
            —Samuel Butler
Honour is like that glossy bubble
That finds philosophers such trouble,
Whose least part crack’d, the whole does fly
And wits are crack’d to find out why.
            —Samuel Butler
  Woman’s honour is nice as ermine; ’twill not bear a soil.
            —John Dryden
Honour doth appeare to statesmen like a vision in the night,
And jugler-like workes o’ th’ deluded sight.
            —William Harrington
  Honor and he agree as well together as a satin suit and woolen stockings.
            —John Marston
  Honor … like power, disdains being questioned.
            —Nicholas Rowe
  Honor, like life, when once lost, never returns.
            —Publius Syrus
  As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.
            —Old Testament
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