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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.

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.