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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Sad
 
  Sad as the sunless sea.
            —Franklin P. Adams
  1
  Sad as a subpœna.
            —Anonymous
  2
  Sad as a wail over the dead.
            —Anonymous
  3
  Sad as doom.
            —Anonymous
  4
  As sad as Fate.
            —Anonymous
  5
  Sad as if steering to dim eternity.
            —Anonymous
  6
  Sad as the eyeball of sorrow behind a shroud.
            —Anonymous
  7
  A song as sad as the wild waves be.
            —Anonymous
  8
  Sad as silence when a song is spent.
            —Alfred Austin
  9
  Sad as death.
            —Aphra Behn
  10
  Sad as the groans of dying innocence.
            —Aphra Behn
  11
  Sad as a thousand sighs, when the dark winds sob through the yews.
            —Henry Brooke
  12
  Sad as wisdom cut off from fellowship.
            —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  13
  Sad as Melancholy.
            —Robert Burton
  14
  Sad as angels for the good man’s sin.
            —Thomas Campbell
  15
  Serenely sad as eternity.
            —Thomas Carlyle
  16
  Sad as bull liver.
            —William Carr (The Dialect of Craven)
  17
  Sad as twilight.
            —George Eliot
  18
  Sad as the gust that sweeps the clouded sky.
            —Oliver Wendell Holmes
  19
  Sad as eve.
            —Victor Hugo
  20
  Sad as an image of despair.
            —Sigmund Krasinski
  21
  Sad as raindrops on a grave.
            —George P. Lathrop
  22
  My heart is as sad as a black stone under the blue sea.
            —Samuel Lover
  23
  Sad as the tears the sullen Winter weeps.
            —George Mac-Henry
  24
  Sad, like the sun in the day of mist, when his face is watery and dim.
            —James Macpherson
  25
        Sad as the wind that sighs
Through cypress trees under rainy skies.
            —Philip B. Marston
  26
  Sad as the shriek of the midnight blast.
            —Gerald Massey
  27
  Sad as wailing winds.
            —Gerald Massey
  28
  Sad as the last line of a brave romance.
            —George Meredith
  29
  Sad … as the ghostly past.
            —Owen Meredith
  30
Sad my thoughts as willows bending,
O’er the borders of the tomb.
            —George P. Morris
  31
  Sad as tears to the eyes that are bright.
            —A. J. Ryan
  32
            Sad
Like the echo mad
Of some plaintive spirit strain.
            —Francis S. Saltus
  33
  Sad as night.
            —William Shakespeare
  34
  Sad as a lump of lead.
            —Edmund Spenser
  35
  Sad as twilight on the deep.
            —George Sterling
  36
  Sad as a soul estranged.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  37
  Sad as a wintry withering moon.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  38
  Bare and sad as banishment.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  39
  Sad as doom.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  40
  Sadder than a banquet skeleton.
            —Frederick Tennyson
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