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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Sudden
 
  Sudden, like a Fate.
            —Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  1
  Sudden as an April shower.
            —Anonymous
  2
  Sudden as a meteor’s flight.
            —Anonymous
  3
  Sudden and swift as a raging cyclone.
            —Anonymous
  4
  Sudden as a sunbeam’s ray.
            —Anonymous
  5
  Sudden as a tidal wave on a summer sea.
            —Anonymous
  6
  Sudden as the babbling brook or robin’s whistle.
            —Anonymous
  7
  Sudden as the call of spring to buried flowers.
            —Anonymous
  8
  A sudden brightness, as when meteor swift opens the darkness.
            —Anonymous
  9
  Sudden, as creation burst from naught.
            —Thomas Campbell
  10
  Sudden as conscience.
            —Gilbert K. Chesterton
  11
  Sudden as the crack of rifle.
            —Ralph Waldo Emerson
  12
  Sudden as kindling flames arise.
            —Walter Harte
  13
  Sudden as a snap.
            —Thomas Hood
  14
  Sudden as lightning.
            —Ben Jonson
  15
  Sudden sound as of a bowstring snapped in air.
            —Henry W. Longfellow
  16
  Sudden as a stab.
            —James Russell Lowell
  17
  Sudden as Aphrodite from the sea.
            —George MacDonald
  18
  Sudden as the slapping of a wave.
            —Spencer Moore
  19
  A sudden flash, as from a sunlit jewel.
            —Lewis Morris
  20
Sudden like a pool that once gave back
Your image, but now drowns it and is clear
Again.
            —Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  21
  Sudden like a hamadryad before a dull fawn.
            —Henryk Sienkiewicz
  22
  Sudden as a flame.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
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