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Frank J. Wilstach, comp. A Dictionary of Similes. 1916.

Anthony Trollope

New friends, like one’s best coat and patent-leather boots, are only intended for holiday wear. At other times they are neither serviceable nor comfortable; they do not answer the required purposes, are ill adapted to give us the ease we seek. A new coat, however, has this advantage, that in time it will become old and comfortable; so much can by no means be predicted with certainty of a new friend.

Graceful as a couchant goddess.