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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Plutarch
 
  Expressed their alacrity, like horses full of fire and neighing for the race.  1
  We ought to regard books as we do sweetmeats, not wholly to aim at the pleasantest, but chiefly to respect the wholesomest; not forbidding either, but approving the latter most.  2
  Themistocles said that a man’s discourse was like to a rich Persian carpet, the beautiful figures and patterns of which can be shown only by spreading and extending it out; when it is contracted and folded up, they are obscured and lost.  3
  Good fame is like fire: when you have kindled it, you may easily preserve it; but if you once extinguish it, you will not easily kindle it again.  4
  A friend should be like money, tried before being required, not found faulty in our need.  5
  Lamentation is the only musician that always, like a screech-owl, alights and sits on the roof of an angry man.  6
  Pride is like vapour which ascendeth high, and presently vanishes away.  7
  Good repute is like fire: once kindled, it is easily kept alive; but when extinguished, not easily lighted again.  8
  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.  9
 
 
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