|Frank J. Wilstach, comp. A Dictionary of Similes. 1916.|
| Sophistry is like a window curtainit pleases as an ornament, but its true use is to keep out the light.|
|As creeping ivy clings to wood or stone,|
And hides the ruin that it feeds upon,
So sophistry cleaves close to and protects
Sins rotten trunk, concealing its defects.
| Sophistry, like poison, is at once detected and nauseated when presented to us in a concentrated form; but a falsity which, when stated barely in a few sentences, would not deceive a child, may deceive half the world if diluted in a quarto volume.|