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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Ideas
 
  Our ideas, like orange-plants, spread out in proportion to the size of the box which imprisons the roots.
            —Edward Bulwer-Lytton
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  Ideas are for the most part like bad sixpences and we spend our lives in trying to pass them off on one another.
            —Samuel Butler (1835–1902)
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  Ideas are like shadows—substantial enough until we try to grasp them.
            —Samuel Butler (1835–1902)
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  An idea, like a ghost (according to the common notion of ghosts), must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself.
            —Charles Dickens
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  A fixed idea is like a gimlet; every year gives it another turn. To pull it out the first year is like plucking out the hair by the roots; in the second year, like tearing the skin; in the third, like breaking the bones; and in the fourth, like removing the very brain itself.
            —Victor Hugo
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  An idea is like a meteor; at the critical moment, the confused meditations which have preceded it open a way, and a spark flashes forth…. These flashes are generated in the conscience in its states of cloud and darkness.
            —Victor Hugo
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  Our ideas, like pictures, are made up of lights and shadows.
            —Joseph Joubert
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  A fixed idea is like the iron rod which sculptors put in their statues. It impales and sustains.
            —Hippolyte Adolphe Taine
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  Ideas are like beards; men do not have them until they grow up.
            —Voltaire
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