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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Merit
 
  True merit is like a river; the deeper it is the less noise it makes.
            —Marquis of Halifax
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  Merit is like musk, which although remaining concealed through the diffusion of its perfume, the nostrils are apprised thereof.
            —Pilpay
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  True merit, like the pearl inside the oyster, is content to remain quiet until it finds an opening.
            —Punch
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  True merit, like the light of a glow-worm, shines conspicuous to all except the object which emits it.
            —Elizabeth Ricord
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  Merit, like the show inside the circus, is of comparatively little use as drawing card; it is the bluff and buncombe, the banging drum and megaphone of the barker, which is the successful magnet.
            —Leslie de Vaux
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