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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Youth, like white paper, will take any impression.
  Youth is like green corn, all sap and promise.
The rose, like ready youth, enticing stands,
And would be cropt if it might choose the hands.
            —William Browne
  Youth like genius gives its best at first.
            —Charlotte Brontë
Youth, like spring-time, light and nimble,
Evanescent in its glee.
            —Hartley Coleridge
  Youth is not like a new garment which we can keep fresh and fair by wearing sparingly; youth, while we have it, we must wear daily; and it will fast wear away.
            —John Foster
  Youth is like those verdant forests tormented by winds: it agitates on every side the abundant gifts of nature, and some profound murmur always reigns in its foliage.
            —Georges Maurice de Guérin
  Youth, like the aloe, blossoms but once, and its flower springs from the midst of thorns: but see with what strength and to what height the aloe-flower rises over them.
            —Walter Savage Landor
Blithe youth is like a smile,
So mirthful, and so brief.
            —Robert Nicholl
Youth passes like the odour
From the white rose’s cup
When the hot sun drinks up
The dew that overflowed her.
            —Christina Georgina Rossetti
Youth like summer morn, age like winter weather,
Youth like summer brave, age like winter bare.
            —William Shakespeare

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