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COMPARISON
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How God ever brings like to like.
      - Aristotle, Ethics Mag (2, 11)

'Tis light translateth night; 'tis inspiration
  Expounds experience; 'tis the west explains
    The east; 'tis time unfolds Eternity.
      - Philip James Bailey, Festus
         (sc. A Ruined Temple)

Defining night by darkness, death by dust.
      - Philip James Bailey, Festus
         (sc. Water and Wood)

Like master, like man.
      - Chevalier Pierre du Terrail Bayard

Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy.
      - Lloyd Bentsen,
        referring to vice-presidential nominee Dan Quayle during a 1988 debate

Our similarities are different.
      - Dale Berra

Glass antique! 'twixt thee and Nell
  Draw we here a parallel!
    She, like thee, was forced to bear
      All reflections, foul or fair.
        Thou art deep and bright within,
          Depths as bright belong'd to Gwynne;
            Thou art very frail as well,
              Frail as flesh is,--so was Nell.
      - Laman Blanchard,
        Nell Gwynne's Looking Glass (st. 1)

Not worthy to carry the buckler unto him.
      - Sir Thomas Browne, Religio Medici
         (pt. I, sec. 21)

It's wiser being good than bad;
  It's safer being meek than fierce:
    It's fitter being sane than mad.
      My own hope is, a sun will pierce
        The thickest cloud earth ever stretched;
          That, after Last, returns the First,
            Though a wide compass round be fetched;
              That what began best, can't end worst,
                Nor what God blessed once, prove accurst.
      - Robert Browning, Apparent Failure (VII)

It has all the contortions of the sibyl without the inspiration.
      - Edmund Burke, Prior's Life of Burke

To liken them to your auld-warld squad,
  I must needs say comparisons are odd.
      - Robert Burns, Brigs of Ayr (l. 177)

Comparisons are odious.
      - Robert Burton

Some say, compared to Bononcini,
  That Mynheer Handel's but a ninny;
    Others aver, that he to Handel
      Is scarcely fit to hold a Candle:
        Strange all this difference should be,
          'Twixt Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dee!
      - John Byrom, Epigram

Some say, that Seignior Bononchini
  Compar'd to Handel's a mere Ninny;
    Others aver, to him, that Handel
      Is scarcely fit to hold a candle.
        Strange! that such high Disputes shou'd be
          'Twixt Tweedledum and Tweedledee.
      - John Byrom,
        Epigram on the Feuds between Handel and Bononcini,
        as given in the "London Journal"

In virtues nothing earthly could surpass her,
  Save thine "incomparable oil," Macassar!
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Is it possible your pragmatical worship should not know that the comparisons made between wit and wit, courage and courage, beauty and beauty, birth and birth, are always odious and ill taken?
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra),
        Don Quixote (pt. II, ch. I)

At whose sight, like the sun,
  All others with diminish'd lustre shone.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Tusculanarum Disputationum
         (bk. III, div. 18), (Yonge's translation)

Like lips like lettuce (i.e. like has met its like).
  (Lat., Similem habent labra lactucam.]
      - Marcus Lucinius Crassus

Like to like.
      - George Gascoigne, Complaynt of Philomene

Comparisons are odious.
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

Everything is twice as large, measured on a three-year-old's three-foot scale on a thirty-year-old's six-foot scale.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.,
        Poet at the Breakfast Table (I)

The botanist looks upon the astronomer as a being unworthy of his regard; and he that is glowing great and happy by electrifying a bottle wonders how the world can be engaged by trifling prattle about war and peace.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The superiority of some men is merely local. They are great, because their associates are little.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Too great refinement is false delicacy, and true delicacy is solid refinement.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld, Maxims
         (no. 131)

And but two ways are offered to our will,
  Toil with rare triumph, ease with safe disgrace,
    The problem still for us and all of human race.
      - James Russell Lowell, Under the Old Elm
         (pt. VII, st. 3)


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