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


Our memory passes like a ripple in the water, or a breeze in the air.
—Henri F. Amiel

Passes like a mode.

Passed like an uncurbed cavalry.

Time passes like the wind.

Pass like a rolled syllable of midnight thunder from the coming day.
—Philip James Bailey

One solitary and foreseeing thought, passed, like a planet’s transit o’er the sun.
—Philip James Bailey

Passed, like the foam of the wave.
—Jane Barlow

As shadows cast by cloud and sun flit o’er the summer grass,
So, in thy sight, Almighty One! earth’s generations pass.
—William Cullen Bryant

Passed away as fairies vanish at the break of day.
—Hartley Coleridge

Thy grace must pass
As unremembered things.
—Lord De Tabley

Time passed away as a tale which is told.
—Charles Dickens

Passed out as quickly as a sunbeam.
—Charles Dickens

New generations pass,
Like shadows on the grass.
—Julia C. R. Dorr

Passed like a meteor.
—Alexandre Dumas, père

Pass away as in vision.
—Frederic Harrison

The generations pass, like autumn’s fruits,
Garnered, consumed, and springing fresh to life.
—James A. Hillhouse

Passed away like waves.
—Victor Hugo

Pass away—
As flowers that bloom at morn, at eve decay.
—Francis Scott Key

Oh, why should the spirit of mortal be proud?
Like a swift-fleeting meteor, a fast flying cloud,
A flash of the lightning, a break of the wave,
Man passes from life to his rest in the grave.
—William Knox

Little troubles pass like little ripples in a sunny river.
—Walter Savage Landor

Passed like the mournful cry of sunward sailing cranes.
—Henry W. Longfellow

When she had passed, it seemed like the ceasing of exquisite music.
—Henry W. Longfellow

Passed like a dream away.
—Thomas Babington Macaulay

They pass like a shade away.
—James Macpherson

They pass
Like a breath from the face of a glass.
—Don Marquis

Pass away, like a thin cloud that melts across the moon.
—James Montgomery

Like autumn foliage withering in the blast.
—James Montgomery

Passed like a day-dream.
—Thomas Moore

All gently pass away,
Like mists that flee
From a summer sea.
—Thomas Moore

All my days
Passed like an empty vision.
—Lewis Morris

Pass’d, like swift clouds across a windy sky.
—Arthur Joseph Munby

Passed along the waves like the chariot of Neptune.
—Baron Karl F. H. von Münchausen

Passed away, like shadows of the moon.
—Adelaide A. Procter

Passed away,
Like the remembrance of a guest that tarrieth but a day.
—Christina Georgina Rossetti

Pass’d by me
As misers do by beggars.
—William Shakespeare

Passed, like a cloud on the blast.
—Percy Bysshe Shelley

Must pass, as grains of sand must fall,
Beneath the infinite calm sea
Of ages and eternity.
—Harry B. Smith

Passed away like summer clouds.
—Robert Southey

And pass as love and sorrow pass,
As shadows flashing down a glass,
As dew-flowers blowing in flowerless grass.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Passes as the grey dew from the morning mountain grasses.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Pass as the flight of a year.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Passed, like a sudden squall that tears the sea,
Yet leaves a sun to smile the billows down.
—Bayard Taylor

Pass like a light.
—Alfred Tennyson

Passeth away as a cloud.
—Old Testament

Pass through thy hand as a river.
—Old Testament

Passed, like a sweet but transient dream.
—Frank Waters

As a cloud of the sunset, slow melting in heaven,
As a star that is lost when the daylight is given,
As a glad dream of slumber, which wakens in bliss,
She hath pass’d to the world of the holy from this.
—John Greenleaf Whittier

Like shadows through a twilight land.
—Oscar Wilde

Passed like a fancy that is swept away.
—William Wordsworth