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- Brittle and meaningless as cocktail party patter —William Brammer
- His influence … it is like burning a … candle at Dover to show light at Calais —Samuel Johnson
Had Johnson been an American living in America instead of an Englishman living in England, his comment on Thomas Sheridan’s influence on English literature might well have illustrated with “A candle in New York to show light in Boston.”
- Hollow as the (ghastly) amiabilities of a college reunion —Raymond M. Weaver
- Impact [of information] … as thin as gold —Raymond Chandler
- (About as) important as a game of golf to an astronomer —Anon
- Important as mathematics to an engineer —Anon
- Inconsequential … like the busy work that grade school teachers devise to keep children out of mischief —Ann Petry
- Insignifacnt as the canals of Mars —Frank Conroy
- Its loss would be incalculable … like losing the Mona Lisa —Dr. Paul Parks, New York Times, August 23, 1986 on potential death of Florida’s Lake Okeechobee
- Meaningful as love —Kenneth Patchen
- Meaningless, like publishing a book of your opinions with a vanity press —Scott Spencer
- Of no more importance than a flea or a louse —Boris Pasternak
In the novel, Doctor Zhivago, a character uses this simile to compare a wife to workers.
- Seemed scarcely to concern us, like fairy tales or cautionary fables that are not to be taken literally or to heart —Joan Chase
- Shallow as a pie pan —Anon
- [A speech] shallow as time —Thomas Carlyle
- Uneventful as theory —A. R. Ammons
- Worthless as withered weeds —Emily Bronte
|Noun||1.||unimportance - the state of being humble and unimportant|
obscurity - an obscure and unimportant standing; not well known; "he worked in obscurity for many years"
|2.||unimportance - the quality of not being important or worthy of note|
value - the quality (positive or negative) that renders something desirable or valuable; "the Shakespearean Shylock is of dubious value in the modern world"
inessentiality - not of basic importance
puniness, slightness, triviality, pettiness - the quality of being unimportant and petty or frivolous
insignificance - the quality of having little or no significance
importance - the quality of being important and worthy of note; "the importance of a well-balanced diet"