We have learned in school that using figurative language such as similes and metaphors can our writing or speech. Here are two examples of excellent use of simile:
The first one is quoted from Gandhi's biography:
"...all my life through, the very insistence on truth has taught me to appreciate the beauty of compromise... truth is hard as adamant and tender as a blossom."
The second one is from the newspaper. After Arsenal was so soundly beaten by Barcelona in yesterday's Champions League quarter-final second-leg match, manager Arsene Wenger gave Barca's four-goal hero Lionel Messi probably the highest compliment one can give to a football player by saying:
"He is like a PlayStation player, he can take advantage of every chance."