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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Firm
 
  Firm as the shaft that props the towering dome.
            —Æschylus
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  Firm as the solid base of this great world.
            —Mark Akenside
  2
  Firm as adamant.
            —Anonymous
  3
  Firm as a mountain.
            —Anonymous
  4
  Firm as the granite base of Mount Washington.
            —Anonymous
  5
  Firm as the iron hills.
            —Anonymous
  6
  Firm as the budding fruit.
            —Ariosto
  7
  Firm as well-cured olives.
            —Aristophanes
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  Stand firm like a rock.
            —Marcus Aurelius
  9
  Firm as butchers.
            —Francis Bacon
  10
  Firm as the heart of a mountain.
            —Ambrose Bierce
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  Firm in his sinew as the hind leg of a stag.
            —Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  12
  Firmer than heaven and earth.
            —John Bunyan
  13
  Firm as a fortress.
            —Lord Byron
  14
  Held firm, like a wall of rock.
            —Thomas Carlyle
  15
  Firm-founded, like the bamboo’s clamping roots.
            —Chinese
  16
  Firm as Sparta’s king.
            —Sir Francis Doyle
  17
  Rock firm as facts.
            —Thomas Hardy
  18
  Firm as the band that clasps the antlered spoil.
            —Oliver Wendell Holmes
  19
  Firm as the rooted mountain rock.
            —Oliver Wendell Holmes
  20
  Firm as Atlas.
            —Robert Jephson
  21
  Firm as steel.
            —Virginia W. Johnson
  22
  Firm as the tread of lions.
            —Richard Le Gallienne
  23
  Firm as the oak on rocky heights.
            —Edward Lovibond
  24
  Firm as Nature’s self.
            —James Russell Lowell
  25
  Firm as a pillar.
            —George Meredith
  26
  Hands firm as driven stakes.
            —George Meredith
  27
  Firm as the poles, or earth, which never move.
            —George Sandys
  28
  Firm as faith.
            —William Shakespeare
  29
  Firm as rocky mountains.
            —William Shakespeare
  30
  Firm as the world’s centre.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
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  Firm as dust and fixed as shadows.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
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  Firm as a stone.
            —Old Testament
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  As virtue, firm.
            —William Thomson
  34
  Firm as the fabled throne of Grecian Jove.
            —William Thomson
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  Firm as the castle’s feudal roof.
            —Thomas Warton
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  As firm as rock in ocean.
            —William Whitehead
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  Firm as the chain of rocks which guard the strand.
            —William Wilkie
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Firm and unflinching, as the lighthouse reared
On the Island-rock.
            —William Wordsworth
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  Firm as solid crystal.
            —William Wordsworth
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