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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Silent
 
  Silent … like a forgotten melody.
            —Hamilton A
  1
  Silent as a man being shaved.
            —Niccolo Albizzi
  2
  Silent as a catacomb.
            —Anonymous
  3
  Silent as a father confessor.
            —Anonymous
  4
  Silent as death.
            —Anonymous
  5
  Silent as Fate.
            —Anonymous
  6
  Silent as Messina during a sirocco.
            —Anonymous
  7
  Silent as the day gives way to night.
            —Anonymous
  8
  Silent as the lips of Memnon.
            —Anonymous
  9
  Silent as the Sphinx.
            —Anonymous
  10
  Silent men like silent waters are deep and dangerous.
            —Anonymous
  11
  Silent as the foot of time.
            —A. L. Barbauld
  12
  Silent as the growth of flowers.
            —Aphra Behn
  13
  Silent as thought.
            —Pierre Jean de Béranger
  14
  The living seemed as silent as the slain.
            —Ambrose Bierce
  15
  Silent as a church.
            —Charlotte Brontë
  16
  Silent as an Indian.
            —Charlotte Brontë
  17
  Silent as a ghost.
            —W. H. Burleigh
  18
  Silent as night.
            —Thomas Carew
  19
  Silent … like Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.
            —Thomas Carlyle
  20
  Silent as snow falls on the earth.
            —Chinese
  21
  Silent as your shadow.
            —Colley Cibber
  22
  Silent and pure as the heaven above.
            —Gabriel D’Annunzio
  23
  Silent as a saint.
            —Aubrey De Vere
  24
  Silent as a flame that fails.
            —Charles Dickens
  25
  Silent as the elves.
            —George Eliot
  26
  Silent and troubled, like a man who feels he hath done that which he shall one day rue.
            —Frederick William Faber
  27
  Silent as evening.
            —Francis Fawkes
  28
Silent as shut cups
And windless reeds.
            —Zona Gale
  29
  Silent as a Japanese.
            —Oliver Goldsmith
  30
  Silent like a glacier bed.
            —Edmund Gosse
  31
  Silent as midnight’s falling meteor slides into the stillness of the far-off land.
            —Oliver Wendell Holmes
  32
  Silent as a mummy.
            —Thomas Hood
  33
  Silent as a stone.
            —Thomas Hood
  34
Glide as silent as a Dryad
That disappears among the trees.
            —Richard Hovey
  35
  Silent as sleep or shadow.
            —Jean Ingelow
  36
  Silent as at the gentle Lethe’s tide.
            —William Irving
  37
  Silent as a consecrated urn.
            —John Keats
  38
  Silent as a tomb.
            —John Keats
  39
  Silent as a sentinel on an outpost.
            —Hugh Kelly
  40
  Silent as the Trafalgar Square lions.
            —Amy Leslie
  41
  Silent as the ev’nings ayre.
            —Richard Lovelace
  42
  Silent as a country churchyard.
            —Thomas Babington Macaulay
  43
  Silent as a hound at fault.
            —Charles Macklin
  44
  Silent as the sleeping seas.
            —Gerald Massey
  45
  Silent as the evening sky.
            —George Meredith
  46
  Silent as the moon.
            —John Milton
  47
  Silent as the depth of night.
            —James Montgomery
  48
  Silent, like a sundial in the shade.
            —Sydney Munden
  49
  Silent as a tree.
            —Josephine P. Peabody
  50
  Silent as the silence where men lie slain.
            —Christina Georgina Rossetti
  51
  Silent and slight as the fall of a half-checked tear on a maiden cheek.
            —John Ruskin
  52
  Silent as the grave.
            —Friedrich von Schiller
  53
  Silent as a corpse.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  54
  Silent as a noonday sky when larks with heat are mute.
            —Alexander Smith
  55
  Silent as a steam calliope with a broken boiler.
            —New York Sun
  56
  Silent as a politician.
            —Jonathan Swift
  57
  Silent as a mountain lawn.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  58
  Silent as time.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  59
  Silent as a stooping cloud.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  60
  Silent as a cloud that sleeps in midday on a mountain peak.
            —Bayard Taylor
  61
  Silent in conversation as a country lover.
            —Sir John Vanbrugh
  62
  Silent as the mighty marching
Of earth and all the planets round the sun.
            —Thomas Wade
  63
  Silent … as the hush’d grouping of a dream.
            —John Greenleaf Whittier
  64
  Silent as despair.
            —John Greenleaf Whittier
  65
  Silent as a picture.
            —William Wordsworth
  66
  Silent as a standing pool.
            —William Wordsworth
  67
  Silent as the skies.
            —William Wordsworth
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