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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Society
 
  Society is like air; very high up, it is sublimated—too low down, a perfect choke-damp.
            —Anonymous
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  Society, like the Roman youth at the circus, never shows mercy to the fallen gladiator.
            —Honoré de Balzac
  2
Man in society is like a flow’r,
Blown in its native bed.
’Tis there alone
His facilities expanded in full bloom
Shine out, there only reach their proper use.
            —William Cowper
  3
  Society as cold as the glacier of an unsunned cavern.
            —Oliver Wendell Holmes
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  Society is like a lawn, where every roughness is smoothed, every bramble eradicated, and where the eye is delighted by the smiling verdure of a velvet surface.
            —Washington Irving
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  Society is like a large piece of frozen water; and skating well is the great art of social life.
            —Letitia Elizabeth Landon
  6
  Society, like a woman, requires a special painter to delineate it in accordance with its own taste.
            —Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve
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  Society is like the air—necessary to breathe but insufficient to live on.
            —George Santayana
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  Society is in this respect like a fire—the wise man warming himself at a proper distance from it; not coming too close like a fool, who, on getting scorched, runs away and shivers in solitude, loud in his complaint that the fire burns.
            —Arthur S. Schopenhauer
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  Society is like the echoing hills. It gives back to the speaker his words; groan for groan, song for song.
            —David Thomas
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