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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Opinions, like showers, are generated in high places.
            —C. C. Colton
  Social opinion is like a sharp knife. There are foolish people who regard it only with terror, and dare not touch or meddle with it; there are more foolish people, who, in rashness or defiance, seize it by the blade, and get cut and mangled for their pains; and there are wise people, who grasp it discreetly by the handle, and use it to carve out their own purposes.
  Opinions!—they are like the clothes we wear, which warm us, not with their heat, but with ours.
            —Walter Pater
  Opinion is like a pendulum and obeys the same law. If it goes past the center of gravity on one side, it must go a like distance on the other; and it is only after a certain time that it finds the true point at which it can remain at rest.
            —Arthur S. Schopenhauer
  Opinions, like fashions, always descend from those of quality to the middle sort; and thence to the vulgar, where they are dropped and vanish.
            —Jonathan Swift

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