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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value only to its scarcity.
            —Dr. Samuel Johnson
  Praise to a young wit is like rain to a tender flower.
            —Alexander Pope
  Praise is like ambergris; a little whiff of it, and by snatches, is very agreeable; but when a man holds a great lump of it to his nose, it is a stink and strikes down.
            —Jonathan Swift
  As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise.
            —Old Testament

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