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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Seneca
 
  Anger is like rain which breaks itself whereon it falls.  1
  Memory like books that remain a long time shut up in the dust needs to be opened from time to time; it is necessary, so to speak, to open the leaves, that it may be ready in time of need.  2
  As the soil, however rich it may be, cannot be productive without culture, so the mind without cultivation can never produce good fruit.  3
  Precepts are like seeds; they are little things which do much good.  4
  Spread like evil ulcers.  5
  Tiresome as when poor Sisyphus reaches the top of the mountain vainly to feel his burden go rolling back from his shoulders.  6
  Uselessly and without any plan, just like ants crawling over bushes, which creep up to the top, and then down to the bottom again without gaining anything. Many men spend their lives in exactly the same fashion, which we may call a state of restless indolence.  7
 
 
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