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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
David Hume
 
  It is with books as with women,—where a certain plainness of manner and of dress is more engaging than the glare of paint and airs and apparel, which may dazzle the eye, but reach not the affections.  1
  The richest genius, like the most fertile soil, when uncultivated, shoots up into the rankest weeds; and instead of vines and olives for the pleasure and use of man, produces to its slothful owner the most abundant crop of poisons.  2
 
 
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