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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Sophistry
 
  Sophistry is like a window curtain—it pleases as an ornament, but its true use is to keep out the light.
            —Anonymous
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As creeping ivy clings to wood or stone,
And hides the ruin that it feeds upon,
So sophistry cleaves close to and protects
Sin’s rotten trunk, concealing its defects.
            —William Cowper
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  Sophistry, like poison, is at once detected and nauseated when presented to us in a concentrated form; but a falsity which, when stated barely in a few sentences, would not deceive a child, may deceive half the world if diluted in a quarto volume.
            —Richard Whately
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