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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Bitter
 
  Bitter as the suffering of life.
            —Anonymous
  1
  Bitter as gall.
            —Anonymous
  2
  Bitter as chestnut husks.
            —Honoré de Balzac
  3
  Bitter as self-sacrifice.
            —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  4
  Bitter, like a day of mourning.
            —Joseph Conrad
  5
  More bitter than the sea.
            —Joseph Conrad
  6
  Bitter as a nausea.
            —Gabriel D’Annunzio
  7
  Their earthly days were bitter, like the oil-tree.
            —Thomas De Quincey
  8
  Love bitter as Despair.
            —Lord De Tabley
  9
  Bitter as Penthea’s curse.
            —John Ford
  10
  Bitter as truth.
            —Victor Hugo
  11
  Bitter in the mouth as a page torn out of Ecclesiastes.
            —James Huneker
  12
  Bitter as home-brewed ale.
            —Henry W. Longfellow
  13
  Bitter as hemlock.
            —Fitz-James O’Brien
  14
  Bitter as coloquintida.
            —William Shakespeare
  15
  Bitter to me as death.
            —William Shakespeare
  16
  Bitter as fell.
            —Edmund Spenser
  17
  Bitter as a tear.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  18
  Bitter as harsh-lipped spring.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  19
  Bitter as the breaking down of love.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  20
  Thy speech is bitterer than the sea.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  21
  Bitter like blood.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  22
                Her heart within
Burnt bitter like an aftertaste of sin
To one whose memory drinks and loathes the lee
Of shame or sorrow deeper than the sea.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  23
  And I find more bitter than death the woman, whose heart is snares and nets, and her hands as bands.
            —Old Testament
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  Bitter as wormwood.
            —Old Testament
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  Bitterer than Sardinian herbage.
            —Virgil
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