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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
State
 
  States, as great engines, move slowly.
            —Francis Bacon
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  A great modern state is like a gigantic vessel built without any watertight compartments, which, if it be unskilfully steered, may perish when it strikes a single rock.
            —Viscount Bryce
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  It is with states as with clocks, which must have some dead weight hanging at them to help and regulate the motion of the finer and more useful parts.
            —Jonathan Swift
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