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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
John Paul Richter
  Cheerfulness opens, like spring, all the blossoms of the inward man.  1
  The smallest children are nearest to God, as the smallest planets are nearest the sun.  2
  All loving emotions, like plants, shoot up most rapidly in the tempestuous atmosphere of life.  3
  The feelings, like flowers and butterflies, last longer the later they are delayed.  4
  Genius is the alarm-clock of sleeping centuries.  5
  The head, like the stomach, is most easily infected with poison when it is empty.  6
  History, like religion, unites all learning and power.  7
  Joy in this world is like a rainbow, which in the morning only appears in the west, or towards the evening sky; but in the latter hours of day casts its triumphal arch over the east, or morning sky.  8
  Liars act like the salt miners, they undermine the truth, but leave just so much standing as is necessary to support the edifice.  9
  Like a morning dream, life becomes more and more bright the longer we live, and the reason of everything appears more clear.  10
  Life, like the water of the seas, freshens only when it ascends upwards.  11
  Love, like men, dies oftener of excess than hunger.  12
  Men like bullets, go farthest when they are smoothest.  13
  Man is like horse-radish: the more it is grated the more it bites.  14
  Principles, like troops of the line, are undisturbed, and stand fast.  15
  Women are like thermometers, which, on a sudden application of heat, sink at first a few degrees, as preliminary to rising a good many.  16
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