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  1. Archeologists and historians … they are like jewelers, examining every tiny aspect of each valuable thing, with exactness and care —Judith Martin
  2. Business is a vocation. Philosophy is, or should be, an avocation —Elbert Hubbard
  3. A financier is a pawnbroker with imagination —Arthur W. Pinero
  4. (I guess) getting into nunhood is about as hard as pro football —Michael Malone
  5. (In ordinary business, man can settle to routine. The journalist can’t.) He’s [the journalist] like a robin, looking in all directions at once —Frank Swinnerton
  6. He who philosophizes is like a mirror that reflects objects that it cannot see, like a cave that returns the echo of voices that it does not hear —Kahlil Gibran
  7. Journalism, like history, is certainy not an exact science —John Gunther
  8. The Notary Public, like the domestic dog, is found everywhere —John Cadman Roper
  9. The philosopher is like a mountaineer who has with difficulty climbed a mountain for the sake of the surprise, and arriving at the top finds only fog; whereupon he wanders down again —W. Somerset Maugham
  10. Philosophy is like the ocean: there are pearls in its depths, but many divers find nothing for all their exertion and perish in the attempt —Ha Yevani Zerahia
  11. Police business … it’s a good deal like politics. It asks for the highest type of men, and there’s nothing in it to attract the highest type of men —Raymond Chandler
  12. Professors are just like actors. Actors got press agents that write things about them and they get so they believe it —Anon
  13. Professors get to looking at their diplomas and get to believing what it says there —Will Rogers, radio broadcast, January 27, 1935
  14. Psychoanalysis, like imagination, cannot be learned by rote —Theodor Reik
  15. Psychology is like physics before Galileo’s time, not a single elementary law yet caught a glimpse of —William James, letter to James Sully, 1890
  16. Running a liberal paper is like feeding melted butter on the end of an awl to a wild cat —Oscar Ameringer, Progressive, January 17, 1942

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  17. Working journalists regularly chase wild geese. Like firemen, they answer alarms, many of them false —Richard Rovere
Similes Dictionary, 1st Edition. © 1988 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Mechanics and manufacturers will always be inclined, with few exceptions, to give their votes to merchants, in preference to persons of their own professions or trades.
Every profession of friendship easily gains credit with the miserable; it is no wonder therefore, if Jones, who, besides his being miserable, was extremely open-hearted, very readily believed all the professions of Benjamin, and received him into his bosom.
Dashwood, "since leisure has not promoted your own happiness, that your sons will be brought up to as many pursuits, employments, professions, and trades as Columella's."
But then, is not it the same with many other professions, perhaps most other?
Carey thought there were only four professions for a gentleman, the Army, the Navy, the Law, and the Church.
'However, as I have quite clearly satisfied myself that it is no part of my profession to make professions, I say no more of that.
Nevertheless, he accompanied his infamies with so much ability of mind and body that, having devoted himself to the military profession, he rose through its ranks to be Praetor of Syracuse.
The profession, either navy or army, is its own justification.
While my father was uncertain what to do with me, a new profession was suggested by a friend, which I shall repent not having been allowed to adopt, to the last day of my life.
I was enabled to discharge the onerous duties of this profession, only by that rigid adherence to system which formed the leading feature of my mind.
Lydgate--wanting to take the coronership out of the hands of the legal profession: your words appear to point that way."
He advised me, as a means of self-reform, to make my choice of a profession, and to absorb myself in closer studies than any that I had yet pursued.

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