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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  As certain as that a brook must have banks.
  As certain as that a squirrel will climb a tree.
  As certain as that your shadow will follow you.
  As certain as that the leaves will fall in autumn.
  Certain as gold.
  Certain as that a crooked tree will have a crooked shadow.
  Certain as that a person not guilty of his own death, shortens not his own life.
  Certain as that light and heat come and go with the sun.
  Certain as that no mill no meal.
  Certain as that plants and animals grow and die.
  Certain as that sticks burn away in the fire.
  Certain as the movements of heavenly bodies.
  Certain as the multiplication table.
  Certain as that the ocean is the meeting-place of all waters; the skies, the meeting-place of all torches; the tongue, of all tastes; the nose, of all smells; the mind, of all precepts.
  Certain as the rising of the morning sun.
  Certain as that the Tweed runs from east to west.
  Certain as Christmas.
            —Harold Brighouse
  Certainly, as evening empties morning into night.
            —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  Certain as a gun.
            —Samuel Butler
  As certain as a tail will follow a comet.
            —Thomas Carlyle
  Certain to make his way there as a gimlet is to go through soft deal.
            —Charles Dickens
  A sound brain should always evolve the same fixed product with the certainty of Babbage’s calculating machine.
            —Oliver Wendell Holmes
  As certainly as the thunder-crash follows the lightning.
            —Charles James Lever
  Certaine as wayes unto the blinde.
            —Richard Lovelace
  Certain as bodies moved with greater impulse, progress more rapidly than those moved with less.
  Certainly as day comes after day.
            —William Watson

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