„Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey,
Where wealth accumulates, and men decay;
Princes and lords may flourish, or may fade;
A breath can make them, as a breath has made;
But a bold peasantry, their country's pride,
When once destroyed, can never be supplied.“
— Oliver Goldsmith Irish physician and writer 1728 - 1774
„An amphibophile is the sort of girl who goes around kissing princes in the hope that one of them will turn into a frog.“
— Michael Kurland American writer 1938
Chapter 10 (p. 137)
„I think I've finally had enough;
I think I maybe think too much.
I think this might be it for us
(blow me one last kiss).
You think I'm just too serious;
I think you're full of shit.
My head is spinning so
(blow me one last kiss).
Just when I think it can't get worse,
I've had a shit day (no!)
You've had a shit day (no!)
We've had a shit day (no!).
I think that life's too short for this;
I'll pack my ignorance and bliss.
I think I've had enough of this.
Blow me (one last kiss).“
— Pink (singer) American singer-songwriter 1979
Blow Me, written by Pink and Greg Kurstin
„Three days later the little princess was buried, and Prince Andrei went up the steps to where the coffin stood, to give her the farewell kiss. And there in the coffin was the same face, though with closed eyes. "Ah, what have you done to me?" it still seemed to say, and Prince Andrei felt that something gave way in his soul and that he was guilty of a sin he could neither remedy nor forget.“
— Leo Tolstoy Russian writer 1828 - 1910
Bk. IV, ch. 9
— John Cheever American novelist and short story writer 1912 - 1982
Christian Science Monitor (October 24, 1979).
„"I have now learnt to despise you," he said. "You refused an honest prince; you did not appreciate the rose and the nightingale; but you did not mind kissing a swineherd for his toys; you have no one but yourself to blame!"“
— Hans Christian Andersen Danish author, fairy tale writer, and poet 1805 - 1875
„He learned that the lives of men are short and filled with pain, yet each one a priceless treasure, whether it be that of a prince or a pig-keeper.“
— Lloyd Alexander American children's writer 1924 - 2007
Context: ... the book told him of other ways of the world; of cruelty, suffering, and death. He read of greed, hatred, and war; of men striving against one another with fire and sword; of the blossoming earth trampled underfoot, of harvests lost and lives cut short... But now his heart lifted. These pages told not only of death, but of birth as well; how the earth turns in its own time and in its own way gives back what is given to it; how things lost may be found again; and how one day ends for another to begin. He learned that the lives of men are short and filled with pain, yet each one a priceless treasure, whether it be that of a prince or a pig-keeper. And, at the last, the book taught him that while nothing was certain, all was possible. The Foundling, pp. 25–27