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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
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  A maxim is like the seed of a plant, which the soul it is thrown into must expand into leaves and flowers and fruit.
            —Madame de Sartory
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  Maxims … have the same use with the burning-glass; to collect the diffused rays of wit and learning in authors, and make them point with warmth and quickness upon the reader’s imagination.
            —Jonathan Swift
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