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  • People are drawn to communities of similitude.
  • the dream had too much similitude of the fact
    Daniel Defoe  --  The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
  • Thus, the sperm whale and the humpbacked whale, each has a hump; but there the similitude ceases.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • The mother herself—as if the red ignominy were so deeply scorched into her brain that all her conceptions assumed its form—had carefully wrought out the similitude, lavishing many hours of morbid ingenuity to create an analogy between the object of her affection and the emblem of her guilt and torture.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter

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  • ALAM AL-MITHAL: the mystical world of similitudes where all physical limitations are removed.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • With reverence be it spoken, the figure bore no slight similitude, both in garb and manner, to some grave divine of the New England churches.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Young Goodman Brown
  • About twelve days after, fearing lest I should lose my reckoning of time, nay, even forget the Sabbath days, for want of pen, ink, and paper, I carved with a knife upon a large post, in great letters; and set it up: in the similitude of a cross, on the seashore where I landed, I CAME ON SHORE, _Sept.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • Significances of similitude, of posture, of symbolism, of circumstantial evidence, of testimonial supermanence.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • A striking similitude between the brother and sister now first arrested my attention; and Usher, divining, perhaps, my thoughts, murmured out some few words from which I learned that the deceased and himself had been twins, and that sympathies of a scarcely intelligible nature had always existed between them.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • Having swallowed the butter, they played another game which chanced to be graceful: the fondling of Shri Krishna under the similitude of a child.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India

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  • I assured him, "how extremely desirous I was that he should be satisfied on every point; but I doubted much, whether it would be possible for me to explain myself on several subjects, whereof his honour could have no conception; because I saw nothing in his country to which I could resemble them; that, however, I would do my best, and strive to express myself by similitudes, humbly desiring his assistance when I wanted proper words;" which he was pleased to promise me.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • …of being mere fictions and semblances, like the drama itself; towards which, Sancho-and, as a necessary consequence, towards those who represent and produce it—I would that thou wert favourably disposed, for they are all instruments of great good to the State, placing before us at every step a mirror in which we may see vividly displayed what goes on in human life; nor is there any similitude that shows us more faithfully what we are and ought to be than the play and the players.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • In all these, however, and in every other similitude of life to the theatre, the resemblance hath been always taken from the stage only.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • ’Is it not, my dear madam, the faint similitude of—’
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • One Universall name is imposed on many things, for their similitude in some quality, or other accident: And whereas a Proper Name bringeth to mind one thing onely; Universals recall any one of those many.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • In my brain were stored a thousand pictures: Giotto’s flock of angels from the blue vaulting of a little church in Padua, and near them walked Hamlet and the garlanded Ophelia, fair similitudes of all sadness and misunderstanding in the world, and there stood Gianozzo, the aeronaut, in his burning balloon and blew a blast on his horn, Attila carrying his new headgear in his hand, and the Borobudur reared its soaring sculpture in the air.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • 106:20 Thus they changed their glory into the similitude of an ox that eateth grass.
    The Bible  --  Psalms
  • Let me complete my friend Lucifer’s similitude of the classical concert.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • I believe fully that I am growing to resemble the devil—that the similitude is almost completed.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • But in his eyes, he continued—a tone of bored, weary conviction replacing his previous voluble delivery—the gentleman was already "in the similitude of a corpse."
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • The general similitude of individuals, which renders any one of them taken separately an improper subject of poetry, allows poets to include them all in the same imagery, and to take a general survey of the people itself.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • Among the chief of these causes is to be reckoned a principle which must be well known to those who have made any of the Arts the object of accurate reflection; I mean the pleasure which the mind derives from the perception of similitude in dissimilitude.
    William Wordsworth  --  Preface to Lyrical Ballads
  • The points of similitude consist in the rivalship of power, applicable to both, and in the CONCENTRATION of large portions of the strength of the community into particular DEPOSITS, in one case at the disposal of individuals, in the other case at the disposal of political bodies.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • But, strangely enough—(I thought of it only afterwards)—I believe that he was not a little disconcerted by the reverse side of that weird situation, by something in me that reminded him of the man he was seeking—suggested a mysterious similitude to the young fellow he had distrusted and disliked from the first.
    Joseph Conrad  --  The Secret Sharer
  • …Jews from all East countries and all West countries, and all islands within commercial connection; they went by on foot, on horseback, on camels, in litters and chariots, and with an infinite variety of costumes, yet with the same marvellous similitude of features which to-day particularizes the children of Israel, tried as they have been by climates and modes of life; they went by speaking all known tongues, for by that means only were they distinguishable group from group; they went…
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • *perhaps He knew not Cato,<5> for his wit was rude, That bade a man wed his similitude.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • Thee next they sang of all creation first, Begotten Son, Divine Similitude, In whose conspicuous countenance, without cloud Made visible, the Almighty Father shines, Whom else no creature can behold; on thee Impressed the effulgence of his glory abides, Transfused on thee his ample Spirit rests.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • …whose every look and action toward him, whose every touch of the capable hands seemed at the moment of touching his body to lose all warmth and become imbued with cold implacable antipathy, and the woman on the pallet upon whom he had already come to look as might some delicate talonless and fangless wild beast crouched in its cage in some hopeless and desperate similitude of ferocity (and your grandfather said, ’Suffer little children to come unto Me’: and what did He mean by that?
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • 2 The impalpable sustenance of me from all things at all hours of the day, The simple, compact, well-join’d scheme, myself disintegrated, every one disintegrated yet part of the scheme, The similitudes of the past and those of the future, The glories strung like beads on my smallest sights and hearings, on the walk in the street and the passage over the river, The current rushing so swiftly and swimming with me far away, The others that are to follow me, the ties between me and them,…
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • Then, this same humpbacked whale and the Greenland whale, each of these has baleen; but there again the similitude ceases.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • This done; he that hath this Vertue, will be easily fitted with similitudes, that will please, not onely by illustration of his discourse, and adorning it with new and apt metaphors; but also, by the rarity or their invention.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • In Demonstration, in Councell, and all rigourous search of Truth, Judgement does all; except sometimes the understanding have need to be opened by some apt similitude; and then there is so much use of Fancy.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • Let us make now Man in our image, Man In our similitude, and let them rule Over the fish and fowl of sea and air, Beast of the field, and over all the Earth, And every creeping thing that creeps the ground.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • My servant Moses is not so, who is faithfull in all my house; with him I will speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the Lord shall he behold.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • My eyes were too dazzled by the glitter of the sea below his feet to see him clearly; I am fated never to see him clearly; but I can assure you no man could have appeared less "in the similitude of a corpse," as that half-caste croaker had put it.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • Why should not Man, Retaining still divine similitude In part, from such deformities be free, And, for his Maker’s image sake, exempt?
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • *b This similitude of nations has consequences of great importance in relation to war.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • But it is hard to say, that Prayer, Fasting, and Almes, have any similitude with Dipping.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • But after allowing due weight to this consideration, it may still be maintained, that there are many points of similitude which render these examples not unworthy of our attention.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • And therefore they have in their speeches, a regard to the common Passions, and opinions of men, in deducing their reasons; and make use of Similitudes, Metaphors, Examples, and other tooles of Oratory, to perswade their Hearers of the Utility, Honour, or Justice of following their advise.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • And whereas in his succession of mens thoughts, there is nothing to observe in the things they think on, but either in what they be Like One Another, or in what they be Unlike, or What They Serve For, or How They Serve To Such A Purpose; Those that observe their similitudes, in case they be such as are but rarely observed by others, are sayd to have a Good Wit; by which, in this occasion, is meant a Good Fancy.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • And many times in the Idolatry of the Gentiles there was little regard to the similitude of their Materiall Idoll to the Idol in their fancy, and yet it was called the Image of it.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • As to the influence which the intelligence of one man has on that of another, it must necessarily be very limited in a country where the citizens, placed on the footing of a general similitude, are all closely seen by each other; and where, as no signs of incontestable greatness or superiority are perceived in any one of them, they are constantly brought back to their own reason as the most obvious and proximate source of truth.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • They will therefore always tend to evade the provisions of legislation, whatever they may be; and departing in some one respect from the circle within which they were to be bounded, they will set up, close by the great political community, small private circles, united together by the similitude of their conditions, habits, and manners.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • It is impossible not to bestow the imputation of deliberate imposture and deception upon the gross pretense of a similitude between a king of Great Britain and a magistrate of the character marked out for that of the President of the United States.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • He wondered it if might be possible that his ruh-spirit had slipped over somehow into the world where the Fremen believed he had his true existence — into the alam al-mithal, the world of similitudes, that metaphysical realm where all physical limitations were removed.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • …Thy Self: which was not meant, as it is now used, to countenance, either the barbarous state of men in power, towards their inferiors; or to encourage men of low degree, to a sawcie behaviour towards their betters; But to teach us, that for the similitude of the thoughts, and Passions of one man, to the thoughts, and Passions of another, whosoever looketh into himselfe, and considereth what he doth, when he does Think, Opine, Reason, Hope, Feare, &c, and upon what grounds; he shall…
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • Systemes Irregular, Such As Are Private Leagues Irregular Systemes, in their nature, but Leagues, or sometimes meer concourse of people, without union to any particular designe, not by obligation of one to another, but proceeding onely from a similitude of wills and inclinations, become Lawfull, or Unlawfull, according to the lawfulnesse, or unlawfulnesse of every particular mans design therein: And his designe is to be understood by the occasion.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • I say the similitude of Passions, which are the same in all men, Desire, Feare, Hope, &c; not the similitude or The Objects of the Passions, which are the things Desired, Feared, Hoped, &c: for these the constitution individuall, and particular education do so vary, and they are so easie to be kept from our knowledge, that the characters of mans heart, blotted and confounded as they are, with dissembling, lying, counterfeiting, and erroneous doctrines, are legible onely to him that…
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • I say the similitude of Passions, which are the same in all men, Desire, Feare, Hope, &c; not the similitude or The Objects of the Passions, which are the things Desired, Feared, Hoped, &c: for these the constitution individuall, and particular education do so vary, and they are so easie to be kept from our knowledge, that the characters of mans heart, blotted and confounded as they are, with dissembling, lying, counterfeiting, and erroneous doctrines, are legible onely to him that…
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
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