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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Laws are like cobwebs; the small flies are caught, the great break through.
  So he that goes to law, as the proverb is, holds a wolf by the ears, or, as a sheep in a storm runs for shelter to a briar, if he prosecute his cause he is consumed, if he surcease his suit he loseth all; what difference?
            —Robert Burton
  The knowledge of the law is like a deep well, out of which each man draweth according to the strength of his understanding.
            —Sir Edward Coke
  Strict laws are like a steel bodice, good for growing limbs; but when the joints are knit, they are not helps but burdens.
            —Sir F. Fane
  Solon used to say that speech was the image of actions;… that laws were like cobwebs,—for that if any trifling or powerless thing fell into them, they held it fast; while if it were something weightier, it broke through them and was off.
            —Diogenes Laertius
  Law is like a sieve; it is very easy to see through it, but a man must be considerably reduced before he can get through it.
            —Samuel George Morton
  The law is like the axle of a carriage—you can turn it wherever you please.
            —Russian Proverb
  Laws are not made like lime-twigs or nets, to catch everything that toucheth them, but rather like sea-marks, to avoid the shipwreck of ignorant passengers.
            —Sir Philip Sidney
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