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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
William Wycherley
 
  A beauty masked, like the sun in eclipse, gathers together more gazers than if it shined out.  1
  Censorious … as a superannuated sinner.  2
  Dull as a country squire.  3
  Fortune as well as women must be taken in the humor.  4
  Friends, like mistresses, are avoided for obligations past.  5
  Great ladies, like great merchants, set but the higher prizes upon what they have, because they are not in necessity of taking the first offer.  6
  Marrying to increase love is like gaming to become rich.  7
  Mistresses are like books. If you pore upon them too much, they doze you, and make you unfit for company; but if used discreetly you are the fitter for conversation by ’em.  8
  For plays, like women, by the world are thought,
When you speak kindly of ’em, very naught.
  9
  Reputation, like other mistresses, is never true to a man in his absence.  10
  Sweet as the head of your cane.  11
  Troublesome … as a young coxcomb-rhyming lover.  12
  Unmerciful as the physician who with new arts keeps his miserable patient alive and in hopes, when he knows the disease is incurable.  13
  Vain as a Frenchman newly returned from a campaign.  14
  Our wives, like their writings, are never safe except when under lock and key.  15
  Women, like old soldiers, more nimbly execute than they resolve.  16
 
 
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