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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Sir William Temple
 
  The abilities of man must fall short on one side or the other, like too scanty a blanket when you are abed.  1
  Books, like proverbs, receive their value from the stamp and esteem of ages through which they have passed.  2
  Life is like wine; who would drink it pure, must not draw it to the dregs.  3
  When all is done, Human Life is, at the greatest and the best, but like a forward Child, that must be Play’d with and Humor’d a little to keep it quiet till it falls asleep, and then the Care is over.  4
  For the Scribblers are infinite, that like Mushrooms or Flys are born and dye in small circles of time; whereas Books, like Proverbs, receive their Chief Value from the Stamp and Esteem of Ages through which they have passed.  5
 
 
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