Frank J. Wilstach, comp. A Dictionary of Similes. 1916.
Affection, like spring flowers, breaks through the most frozen ground at last, and the heart which asks but for another heart to make it happy, will never seek in vain. Jeremy Bentham 1
Affection, like the nut within the shell, wants freedom. Dion Boucicault 2
The affections, like conscience, are rather to be led than driven. Those who marry where they do not love, will be likely to love where they do not marry. Thomas Fuller 3
The human affections, like the solar heat, lose their intensity as they depart from the centre, and become languid in proportion to the expansion of the circle on which they act. Alexander Hamilton 4 Affection, like melancholy, magnifies trifles; but the magnifying of the one is like looking through a telescope at heavenly objects; that of the other, like enlarging monsters with a telescope. Leigh Hunt 5