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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Women’s good name, O my lady, is like curded milk, the least dust fouleth it; and like glass, which, if it be cracked, may not be mended.
            —Arabian Nights
  A good name is like a precious ointment; it filleth all around about, and will not easily away; for the odors of ointments are more durable than those of flowers.
            —Francis Bacon
  Names like jewels flashing the night of time.
            —Joseph Conrad
  A man’s name is not like a mantle, which merely hangs about him, and which one perchance may safely twitch and pull, but a perfectly fitting garment, which like the skin has grown over and over him, at which one cannot rake and scrape without injuring the man himself.
            —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  A great name without merit is like an epitaph on a coffin.
            —Madeleine d’Arsont, dame de Puisieux
  A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.
            —Old Testament
  A good name is like sweet-smelling ointment.
            —Old Testament
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