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


Wishes, like castles in the air, are inexpensive and not taxable.
—Sam Slick

Wishes, like painted landscapes, best delight,
Whilst distance recommends them to the sight.
Placed far off, they beautiful appear;
But show their coarse and nauseous colours, near.
—Thomas Yalden