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


Delusions, errors, and lies are like huge, gaudy vessels, the rafters of which are rotten and worm-eaten, and those who embark in them are fated to be shipwrecked.

If a fool be associated with a man all his life he will perceive the truth as little as a spoon perceives the taste of soup.

Serene, like a deep, smooth, and still lake.

Shrunken … like a withered branch.

One who does his duty is tolerant like the earth … he is like a lake without mud.

As a fish taken from his watery home and thrown in the dry ground, our thought trembles all over in order to escape the dominion of Mara [the tempter].

Not seen, like arrows shot by night.

Unsubstantial as a mirage.

Like the lotus, which, although it grows in the water, yet remains untouched by the water.