|Frank J. Wilstach, comp. A Dictionary of Similes. 1916.|
| Hear him chatter, like a taught starling.|| 1|
| Common as bribery.|| 2|
| Common as sickness.|| 3|
|These factions amongst great men, they are like|
Foxes, when their heads are divided,
They carry fire in their tails, and all the country,
About them goes to wreck fort.
| For fashions sake, as bawds go to church.|| 5|
| Old friends, like old swords, still are trusted best.|| 6|
|Glories, like glow-worms, afar off shine bright,|
But lookd too near have neither heat nor light.
| Man, like to Cassia, is proved best being bruised.|| 8|
as rakehells in an army.|| 9|
| Lovers oaths are like mariners prayers, uttered in extremity; but when the tempest is oer, and that the vessel leaves tumbling, they fall from protesting to cursing.|| 10|
Like English mastiffs
That grow fierce with tying,
Makes her too passionately apprehend
Those pleasures shes kept from.
| Scatter like quicksilver.|| 12|
| Short as a lawyers beard.|| 13|
|An honest statesman to a prince,|
Is like a cedar planted by a spring.
The spring bathes the trees roots, the grateful tree,
Rewards it with its shadow.
|Treason, like spiders weaving nets for flies,|
By her foul work is found, and in it dies.
| Wary as those that trade in poison.|| 16|
| Women are like curst dogs: civility keeps them tied all day-time, but they are let loose at midnight; then they do most good, or most mischief.|| 17|