- "Midway through the journey of my life I woke to find myself in a dark wood."
Commedia, Dante Allighieri
- "A screaming comes across the sky."
Gravity's Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon
- "The towers of Zenith aspired above the morning mist; austere towers of steel and cement and limestone, sturdy as cliffs and delicate as silver rods. They were neither citadels nor churches, but frankly and beautifully office-buildings."
Babbitt, Sinclair Lewis
- "In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort."
The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkein
- "Roubaud came into the room and put the pound loaf, pâté and bottle of white wine on the table."
La Bête humaine, Émile Zola
- "All this happened, more or less."
Salughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut
- "I consider it my good fortune that Fate designated Braunau on the Inn as the place of my birth."
Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler
- "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."
Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
- "On the 24th of February, 1815, the look-out at Notre-Dame de la Garde signalled the three-master, the Pharaon, from Smyrna, Trieste, and Naples."
The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
A Note on terza rima