Frank J. Wilstach, comp. A Dictionary of Similes. 1916.
Alteration of Religion is dangerous, because we know not where it will stay: tis like a Millstone that lies upon the top of a pair of Stairs; tis hard to remove it, but if once it be thrust off the first stair, it never stays till it comes to the bottom.
He that has a scrupulous conscience is like a horse that is not well wayed, he starts at every bird that flies out of the hedge. A knowing man will do that which a tender-conscience man dares not do by reason of his ignorance, the other knows there is no hurt: as a child is afraid to go into the dark when a man is not because he knows there is no danger.
Wit and wisdom differ; Wit is upon the sudden turn, Wisdom is in bringing about ends. Nature must be the ground-work of Wit and Art; otherwise whatever is done will prove but Jack-Puddings work. Wit must grow like Fingers. If it be taken from others, tis like Plums stuck upon black Thorns; there they are for a while, but they come to nothing.