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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  He picked up knowledge to wear it on his head like the plumes of horses in a parade.
  The distributions and partitions of knowledge are … like the branches of a tree, that meet in a stem, which hath a dimension and quantity of entireness and continuance, before it come to discontinue and break itself into arms and boughs.
            —Francis Bacon
  Knowledge is like money,—the more a man gets, the more he craves.
            —Josh Billings
  Knowledge is like capital: the more there is in a country, the greater the disparities in wealth between one man and another.
            —Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  Knowledge … like a great rough diamond; it may do very well in a closet by way of curiosity, and also for its intrinsic value; but it will never be worn or shine, if it is not polished.
            —Earl of Chesterfield
  Knowledge, like our blood, must circulate.
            —Sir John Denham
  A little knowledge in some people is like little boys throwing stones into mysterious lakes. They make a great clatter but the silence was more wonderful.
            —Richard Le Gallienne
  Knowledge of books is like that sort of lantern which hides him who carries it, and serves only to pass through secret and gloomy paths of its own; but in the possession of a man of business, it is as a torch in the hand of one who is willing and able to show those who are bewildered, the way which leads to their prosperity and welfare.
            —Sir Richard Steele
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