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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Language
 
  Languages, like our bodies, are in a perpetual flux, and stand in the need of recruits to supply those words that are continually falling, through disuse.
            —C. C. Felton
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  Written language is like a mirror which it is necessary to have in order that man know himself and be sure that he exists.
            —Alphonse M. L. Lamartine
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  Language rises like a spring among the mountains; it increases into a rivulet; then it becomes a river (the water is still unpolluted), but when the river has passed through a town the water must be filtered. And Milton was mentioned as the first filter, the first stylist.
            —George Moore
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  Language is like amber in its efficacy to circulate the electric spirit of truth; it is also like amber in embalming and preserving the relics of ancient wisdom, although one is not seldom puzzled to decipher its contents.
            —George Augustus Sala
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