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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
But pleasures are like poppies spread,
You seize the flower, its bloom is shed;
Or like the snow falls in the river,
A moment white—then melts for ever;
Or like the borealis race,
That flit ere you can point their place;
Or like the rainbow’s lovely form,
Evanishing amid the storm.
            —Robert Burns
  Pleasure, like an over-fed lamp, is extinguished by the excess of its own aliment.
            —Hannah More
Pleasures like the flow’r,
Frail and fleeting ever;
Now decks the bow’r,
Now ’tis gone for ever.
            —Frederick Reynolds
  Pleasures are like liqueurs: They must be drunk but in small glasses.

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