Home  »  A Dictionary of Similes  »  Change

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


Change as woman, wind and fortune.

Change, like Proteus.

Change, like women’s thoughts and winter weather.

Changeable as the moons.

Changeful as the ocean bar.

Quickly changed as are the winds.
—Beaumont and Fletcher

As changeful as the lights which flick and flash from off the facets of the diamond.
—Heather Bigg

Changest, as the wind upon the wave.
—Hugh H. Brackenridge

Changes like the moonlit cloud.
—Richard Henry Dana, Jr.

Changeable as a woman’s whims.
—George Farquhar

Thy song is changeful as yon starry frame,
End and beginning evermore the same.
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Change … like unto the Camelion whiche upon every sondre hewe, that he behalt, he mote newe his colour.
—John Gower

Changeful as a child.
—John Imlah

Fortune changeth as the moon
To caravel and picaroon.
—Rudyard Kipling

Changeful … as are the waves before the breath of winds.
—Sigmund Krasinski

Changeful as the neck of dove
In colour.
—Walter Savage Landor

Changeful … as windwaved flame.
—James Russell Lowell

Changes color as a maid at sight of sword and shield.
—Thomas Babington Macaulay

In affection, as light and changeful as the gaudy fly which hastens to the rose with eager speed, and on its damask leaves, with fond embrace, flutters her painted wings a little while, but lift she but her eyes, and the first thistle flower that catches them catches her fancy too, and thither speeds she.
—William J. Mickle

But now a change came o’er my dream,
Like the magic lantern’s shifting slider.
—Thomas Moore

As changeful as the spring.
—Lewis Morris

Changed like one who knows his time must be
But short and bitter.
—Lewis Morris

Changeful as the lunar ray.

Like April, she may wear a changeful face
Of storm and sunshine.
—James Pilgrim

Changeful as a madman’s dream.
—Winthrop Mackworth Praed

Like leaves, as chance inclin’d,
Those wills were chang’d with every wind.
—Matthew Prior

Changeable, like the sparrow, who stops not on one twig.
—Osmanli Proverb

Like a chameleon, he changes.
—Osmanli Proverb

Changed me like a glove.
—Christina Georgina Rossetti

Chang’d, like form in a dream.
—Sir Walter Scott

Changes as a guilty dream.
—Sir Walter Scott

Ever changing, like a joyless eye
That finds no objects worth its constancy.
—Percy Bysshe Shelley

Change like the face of fortune.
—Robert Southey

Changed as a cloud in the night.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Changeful as the sea.
—Bayard Taylor

Change like a weathercock.
—Robert Tofte

Changeful as a lover’s hope.
—Frank Waters

Changeful as the April sky.
—William Winter