The Snippets Project

March 2001

To me, fair friend, you never can be old
For as you were when first your eye I eyed,
Such seems your beauty still.

[William Shakespeare,Sonnet 104,1593-1597,locate]
"Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?"
"To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time."
"The dog did nothing in the night-time."
"That was the curious incident," remarked Sherlock Holmes.

[Arthur Conan Doyle,Silver Blaze,1893,locate]
They take first a crooked piece of iron,
and with it draw out the brain through the nostrils,
thus getting rid of a portion, while the skull
is cleared of the rest by rinsing with drugs;

[Herodotus,The Histories,484-432 BCE,locate]
DENNIS:   Well, but you can't expect to wield
supreme executive power just 'cause some
watery tart threw a sword at you!
ARTHUR:   Shut up!
DENNIS:   I mean, if I went 'round saying I
was an emperor just because some
moistened bint had lobbed a scimitar
at me, they'd put me away!
ARTHUR:   Shut up, will you? Shut up!

[PYTHON (MONTY) PICTURES LTD,Monty Python and the Holy Grail,1973,locate]
"Please close that door.
It's fine in here, but I greatly fear
you'll let in the cold and storm-
Since I left Plumtree, down in Tennessee,
it's the first time I've been warm".

[Robert W. Service,The Cremation of Sam McGee,1907,locate]
He thought what a pity it was that all
his faces were designed to express rage or
loathing. Now that something had happened
which really deserved a face, he'd none to
celebrate it with. As a kind of token, he
made his Sex Life in Ancient Roman face.

[Kingsley Amis,Lucky Jim,1954,locate]
"Because," said Wimsey, with a wry smile,
"the murderers of Geoffrey Deacon are hanged
already, and a good deal higher than Haman."
"Murderers?" asked the Superintendent, quickly.
"More than one? Who were they?"
"Gaude, Sabaoth, John, Jericho, Jubilee, Dimity,
Batty Thomas and Tailor Paul."

[Dorothy L. Sayers,The Nine Tailors,1934,locate]
Dantès... drew back smartly, while a
mass of stones and earth disappeared in a hole
that opened beneath the aperture he himself
had formed. Then from the bottom of this
passage, the depth of which it was impossible
to measure, he saw appear, first the head,
then the shoulders, and lastly the body of a
man, who sprang lightly into his cell.

[Alexandre Dumas,The Count of Monte Cristo,1844,locate]
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"

[Percy Bysshe Shelley,Ozymandias,1818,locate]
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

[Robert Frost,The Road Not Taken,1915,locate]
He asks "two hundred guineas for flinging
a pot of paint in the public's face". [comment on
James Abbott McNeill Whistler's
Falling Rocket: Nocturne in Black and Gold]

[John Ruskin,review,1878,locate]
Those who cannot remember the past
are condemned to repeat it.

[George Santayana,The Life of Reason,1924,locate]
"Something draws me to it," says the girl,
making images with her finger in the sand.
"I try to keep away from it, and I can't.
Sometimes," says she in a low voice, as if
she was frightened at her own fancy,
"sometimes, Mr. Betteredge, I think that
my grave is waiting for me here."

[Wilkie Collins,The Moonstone,1868,locate]
LADY BRACKNELL:   Mr. Worthing! Rise, sir,
from this semi-recumbent posture. It is most indecorous.

[Oscar Wilde,The Importance of Being Earnest,1895,locate]