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

Richard Whately

Falsehood, like the dry-rot, flourishes the more in proportion as air and light are excluded.

Sophistry, like poison, is at once detected and nauseated when presented to us in a concentrated form; but a falsity which, when stated barely in a few sentences, would not deceive a child, may deceive half the world if diluted in a quarto volume.

Woman is like the reed that bends to every breeze, but breaks not in the tempest.