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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Unprofitable eloquence is like the cypress; great and tall but bears no fruit.
  Fierce bursts of eloquence like the wail of a clarion thrilling beneath the blasts of a storm.
False eloquence, big empty sound,
Like showers that rush upon the ground,
Little beneath the surface goes,
All streams along and muddy flows.
            —Matthew Green
  Eloquence is an engine invented to manage and wield at will the fierce democracy, and, like medicine to the sick, is only employed in the paroxysms of a disordered state.
            —Michel Eyquem, seigneur de Montaigne

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