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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Long and curious speeches are as fit for dispatch as a robe, or mantle, with a long train, is for a race.
            —Francis Bacon
  Considered as the last finish of education, or of human culture, worth and acquirement, the art of speech is noble, and even divine; it is like the kindling of a Heaven’s light to show us what a glorious world exists, and has perfected itself, in a man.
            —Thomas Carlyle
  As a vessel is known by the sound, whether it be cracked or not, so men are proved by their speeches whether they be wise or foolish.
  Her artless speech, like chrystal, shows the thing it would hide, but only covers.
            —James Sheridan Knowles
  Solon used to say that speech was the image of actions;… that laws were like cobwebs,—for that if any trifling or powerless thing fell into them, they held it fast; while if it were something weightier, it broke through them and was off.
            —Diogenes Laertius
  A printed speech is like a dried flower: the substance, indeed, is there, but the color is faded and the perfume gone.
            —Prosper Lorain
  Speech is like the cloth of Arras, opened and put abroad, whereby the imagery doth appear in figure, while in thoughts they lie but in packs.
  His speech was like a tangled chain; nothing impaired, but all disordered.
            —William Shakespeare
Swift with speech like fire in fiery lands
To melt the steel’s edge in the headsman’s hands.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Speech was like to tapestry; and like it, when it was spread it showed its figures, but when it was folded up, hid and spoiled them.

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