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


Silent … like a forgotten melody.
—Hamilton A

Silent as a man being shaved.
—Niccolo Albizzi

Silent as a catacomb.

Silent as a father confessor.

Silent as death.

Silent as Fate.

Silent as Messina during a sirocco.

Silent as the day gives way to night.

Silent as the lips of Memnon.

Silent as the Sphinx.

Silent men like silent waters are deep and dangerous.

Silent as the foot of time.
—A. L. Barbauld

Silent as the growth of flowers.
—Aphra Behn

Silent as thought.
—Pierre Jean de Béranger

The living seemed as silent as the slain.
—Ambrose Bierce

Silent as a church.
—Charlotte Brontë

Silent as an Indian.
—Charlotte Brontë

Silent as a ghost.
—W. H. Burleigh

Silent as night.
—Thomas Carew

Silent … like Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.
—Thomas Carlyle

Silent as snow falls on the earth.

Silent as your shadow.
—Colley Cibber

Silent and pure as the heaven above.
—Gabriel D’Annunzio

Silent as a saint.
—Aubrey De Vere

Silent as a flame that fails.
—Charles Dickens

Silent as the elves.
—George Eliot

Silent and troubled, like a man who feels he hath done that which he shall one day rue.
—Frederick William Faber

Silent as evening.
—Francis Fawkes

Silent as shut cups
And windless reeds.
—Zona Gale

Silent as a Japanese.
—Oliver Goldsmith

Silent like a glacier bed.
—Edmund Gosse

Silent as midnight’s falling meteor slides into the stillness of the far-off land.
—Oliver Wendell Holmes

Silent as a mummy.
—Thomas Hood

Silent as a stone.
—Thomas Hood

Glide as silent as a Dryad
That disappears among the trees.
—Richard Hovey

Silent as sleep or shadow.
—Jean Ingelow

Silent as at the gentle Lethe’s tide.
—William Irving

Silent as a consecrated urn.
—John Keats

Silent as a tomb.
—John Keats

Silent as a sentinel on an outpost.
—Hugh Kelly

Silent as the Trafalgar Square lions.
—Amy Leslie

Silent as the ev’nings ayre.
—Richard Lovelace

Silent as a country churchyard.
—Thomas Babington Macaulay

Silent as a hound at fault.
—Charles Macklin

Silent as the sleeping seas.
—Gerald Massey

Silent as the evening sky.
—George Meredith

Silent as the moon.
—John Milton

Silent as the depth of night.
—James Montgomery

Silent, like a sundial in the shade.
—Sydney Munden

Silent as a tree.
—Josephine P. Peabody

Silent as the silence where men lie slain.
—Christina Georgina Rossetti

Silent and slight as the fall of a half-checked tear on a maiden cheek.
—John Ruskin

Silent as the grave.
—Friedrich von Schiller

Silent as a corpse.
—Percy Bysshe Shelley

Silent as a noonday sky when larks with heat are mute.
—Alexander Smith

Silent as a steam calliope with a broken boiler.
—New York Sun

Silent as a politician.
—Jonathan Swift

Silent as a mountain lawn.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Silent as time.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Silent as a stooping cloud.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Silent as a cloud that sleeps in midday on a mountain peak.
—Bayard Taylor

Silent in conversation as a country lover.
—Sir John Vanbrugh

Silent as the mighty marching
Of earth and all the planets round the sun.
—Thomas Wade

Silent … as the hush’d grouping of a dream.
—John Greenleaf Whittier

Silent as despair.
—John Greenleaf Whittier

Silent as a picture.
—William Wordsworth

Silent as a standing pool.
—William Wordsworth

Silent as the skies.
—William Wordsworth