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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
James Anthony Froude
  Deadly as the canker-worm.  1
  Fade away like a cloud and vanish.  2
  Inherent, like the laws of gravity.  3
  Plain as the sunlight.  4
  Powerful as the sacerdotalism of Mediæval Europe.  5
  Variable as the weather.  6
  The world is like the shifting scenes of a panorama: ten years convert the population of the schools into men and women, and make and mar fortunes; twenty years converts infants into lovers, fathers, and mothers, and decide men’s fortunes; thirty years turn fascinating beauties into bearable old women, and convert lovers into grandfathers; forty years change the face of all society; and fifty years will, alas! find us in a world of which we know nothing, and to which we are unknown.  7

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