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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Samuel Butler (1835–1902)
 
  The public ear is like a common; there is not much to be got off it, but that little is for the most part grazed down by geese and donkeys.  1
  Ideas are for the most part like bad sixpences and we spend our lives in trying to pass them off on one another.  2
  Ideas are like shadows—substantial enough until we try to grasp them.  3
  We are like billiard balls in a game played by unskillful players, continually being nearly sent into a pocket, but hardly ever getting right into one, except by a fluke.  4
  Sin is like a mountain with two aspects according to whether it is viewed before or after it has been reached: yet both aspects are real.  5
  Thoughts are like persons met upon a journey; I think them very agreeable at first but soon find, as a rule, that I am tired of them.  6
  The use of truth is like the use of words; both truth and words depend greatly upon custom.  7
  Words are like money; there is nothing so useless, unless when in actual use.  8
 
 
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