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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Nations, like individuals, are powerful in the degree that they command the sympathies of their neighbors.
            —C. N. Bovée
I have seen some nations like overloaded asses,
Kick off their burdens, meaning the higher classes.
            —Lord Byron
  Every nation seems to me like a plant, of which the lower class is the root, the middle class the stem, and the upper class the flower.
            —Pierre de Coulevain
  Nations, like individuals, live and die; but civilization cannot die.
            —Giuseppe Mazzini
  A warring nation, like an orator, should know when to stop.
            —New Republic
  Like men, nations are purified and strengthened by trials.
            —Samuel Smiles

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