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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Speech
 
  Long and curious speeches are as fit for dispatch as a robe, or mantle, with a long train, is for a race.
            —Francis Bacon
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  Considered as the last finish of education, or of human culture, worth and acquirement, the art of speech is noble, and even divine; it is like the kindling of a Heaven’s light to show us what a glorious world exists, and has perfected itself, in a man.
            —Thomas Carlyle
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  As a vessel is known by the sound, whether it be cracked or not, so men are proved by their speeches whether they be wise or foolish.
            —Demosthenes
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  Her artless speech, like chrystal, shows the thing it would hide, but only covers.
            —James Sheridan Knowles
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  Solon used to say that speech was the image of actions;… that laws were like cobwebs,—for that if any trifling or powerless thing fell into them, they held it fast; while if it were something weightier, it broke through them and was off.
            —Diogenes Laertius
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  A printed speech is like a dried flower: the substance, indeed, is there, but the color is faded and the perfume gone.
            —Prosper Lorain
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  Speech is like the cloth of Arras, opened and put abroad, whereby the imagery doth appear in figure, while in thoughts they lie but in packs.
            —Plutarch
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  His speech was like a tangled chain; nothing impaired, but all disordered.
            —William Shakespeare
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Swift with speech like fire in fiery lands
To melt the steel’s edge in the headsman’s hands.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
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  Speech was like to tapestry; and like it, when it was spread it showed its figures, but when it was folded up, hid and spoiled them.
            —Themistocles
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