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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
C. N. Bovée
  Affliction, like the iron-smith, shapes as it smites.  1
  Weakness ineffectually seeks to disguise itself,—like a drunken man trying to show how sober he is.  2
  Women’s love, like lichens on a rock, will still grow where even charity can find no soil to nurture itself.  3
  Men, like musical instruments, seem made to be played upon.  4
  Successful minds work like a gimlet, to a single point.  5
  Nations, like individuals, are powerful in the degree that they command the sympathies of their neighbors.  6
  The passions are like fire, useful in a thousand ways and dangerous only in one, through their excess.  7
  Pride is like the beautiful acacia, that lifts its head proudly above its neighbor plants—forgetting that it too, like them, has its roots in the dirt.  8
  Repel one like a cudgel.  9
  Truth, like the sun, submits to be obscured; but, like the sun, only for a time.  10
  Great warriors, like great earthquakes, are principally remembered for the mischief they have done.  11

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