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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Brainless as chimpanzees.
            —Charles Stuart Calverley
  Great brains, like brightest glass, crack straight; those of stone or wood hold out, and fear not blows.
            —Bishop John Earle
  I suspect that there is in an Englishman’s brain a valve that can be closed at pleasure, as an engineer shuts off steam.
            —Ralph Waldo Emerson
My brain, methinks, is like an hour-glass,
Wherein th’ imaginations run to sands,
Filling up time; but there are turn’d and turn’d
So that I know not what to say upon,
And less to put in act.
            —Ben Jonson
  Brain like liquid lead.
            —Robert Southey

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