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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Difficult as a Greek puzzle.
  Difficult as to forgive the virtues of our enemies.
  Difficult as to grasp a shadow.
  Difficult as to hiss and yawn at the same time.
  Difficult as to pin a medal on a shadow.
  Difficult as to sail the sea in an egg shell.
  Difficult as to remember a rhyme made in a dream.
  Difficult as to walk a mile on stilts upon a line of feather-beds.
  Difficult as a beginning.
            —Lord Byron
  Difficult … as for a rattlesnake to stir without making a noise.
            —C. C. Colton
  Difficult as it would be to hum an air from an opera bouffe while listening to the overture of Tannhäuser.
            —Arthur Jerome Eddy
  Difficult to grasp as the small end of a hard boiled egg.
            —Robert Edgren
  As difficult … as to preserve your purse at a gaming-table or your health at a bawdy house.
            —Henry Fielding
  As difficult as for a slave girl to please a slave-dealer.
            —Osmanli Proverb
  Difficult as to distinguish colors in the darkness.
            —Sir Richard Steele

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