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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Quick as a flash.
  Quick as an arrow.
  Quick as a wink.
  Quick as gunpowder.
  Quick as the flash of a quail’s wing.
  Quick as the twinkling of a bed-post.
  Quick as you can say Jack Robinson.
  Quick as hell can scorch a feather.
  Quick as a stab.
            —J. M. Barrie
  Quick as greased lightning.
            —J. R. Bartlett’s Dictionary of Americanisms
  Quick, as a darted beam of light.
            —R. D. Blackmore
  Quick as a fear.
            —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  Quick as finches in a blossomed tree.
            —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  Quick as thought.
            —Thomas Carew
  Quick as an eyelid’s beat.
            —Guido Cavalcanti
  Quick of scent as a vulture.
            —Richard Cumberland
  Quick as a dart.
            —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  Change quick, like eyes that brighten.
            —Judah HaLevi
  Quick as barrels popping at a bird.
            —George Meredith
  Quick as torrents run.
            —George Meredith
  Quick as wings.
            —George Meredith
  Quick as an imp.
            —Ada Patterson
  Thy wit is as quick as the greyhound’s mouth.
            —William Shakespeare
  Fly as quick to Delia’s arms, as yonder halcyon skims the stream.
            —William Shenstone
  Quick as the morning ray, or ev’ning beam.
            —William Thomson
  Quick as the lightning’s flash.
            —Juan Valera y Alcalá Galiano Valera
  Quick as light.
            —Henry Vaughan
  Quick as thought.
            —Wit Restored

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