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

Hippolyte Adolphe Taine

A fixed idea is like the iron rod which sculptors put in their statues. It impales and sustains.

Our inborn human imperfection is part of the order of things, like the constant deformation of the petal in the plant.

Man, like everything else that lives, changes with the air that sustains him.