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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
Joseph Addison
  Anger in our mirth is like poison in a perfume.  1
  A human soul without education, like marble in the quarry, which shows none of its inherent beauties, till the skill of the polisher fetches out the colors.  2
  Fortune, like other females, delights rather on favoring the young than the old.  3
  Eye … glared like a full moon, or a broad burnished shield.  4
  Pedantry in learning is like hypocrisy in religion,—a form of knowledge without the power of it.  5
  Smooth as the surface of a pebble.  6
  Startles … like a blasphemy.  7
  A man of great talents, but void of discretion, is like Polyphemus in the fable, strong and blind, endowed with an irresistible force, which for want of sight is of no use to him.  8
  Trifling as hobby-horses.  9
  Unfashioned, like a jewel in the mine.  10

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