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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Knowledge
 
  He picked up knowledge to wear it on his head like the plumes of horses in a parade.
            —Anonymous
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  The distributions and partitions of knowledge are … like the branches of a tree, that meet in a stem, which hath a dimension and quantity of entireness and continuance, before it come to discontinue and break itself into arms and boughs.
            —Francis Bacon
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  Knowledge is like money,—the more a man gets, the more he craves.
            —Josh Billings
  3
  Knowledge is like capital: the more there is in a country, the greater the disparities in wealth between one man and another.
            —Edward Bulwer-Lytton
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  Knowledge … like a great rough diamond; it may do very well in a closet by way of curiosity, and also for its intrinsic value; but it will never be worn or shine, if it is not polished.
            —Earl of Chesterfield
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  Knowledge, like our blood, must circulate.
            —Sir John Denham
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  A little knowledge in some people is like little boys throwing stones into mysterious lakes. They make a great clatter but the silence was more wonderful.
            —Richard Le Gallienne
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  Knowledge of books is like that sort of lantern which hides him who carries it, and serves only to pass through secret and gloomy paths of its own; but in the possession of a man of business, it is as a torch in the hand of one who is willing and able to show those who are bewildered, the way which leads to their prosperity and welfare.
            —Sir Richard Steele
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