The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring-cleaning his little home.… Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him, penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with its spirit of divine discontent and longing.
The Wind in the Willows
If the people believe there’s an imaginary river out there, you don’t tell them there’s no river there. You build an imaginary bridge over the imaginary river.
Nikita Khrushchev to Richard Nixon
quoted by Rick Perlstein in
The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan
“What ho!” I said.
What ho!” said Motty.
“What ho! What ho!”
“What ho! What ho! What ho!”
After that it seemed rather difficult to go on with the conversation.
Jeeves and the Unbidden Guest
Last summer I swam in a public place and a reservoir to boot
At the latter I was informal, at the former I wore my suit
I wore my swimming suit
Loudon Wainwright III
The Swimming Song
“Get at it, boys,” said Mr. Smith, “vote and keep on voting till they make you quit.”
The Candidacy of Mr. Smith
in Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town
Canadians go to the polls today, from coast to coast to coast.
This is a limited offer: one vote per customer.
He resembled a minor prophet who has been hit behind the ear with a stuffed eel-skin.
Ukridge’s Dog College
He was trapped in a haircut he no longer believed in.
King James Version
… he perceived that Providence, since the days of Job always curious to know just how much a good man can bear, had sent Ronald Overbury Fish to add to his troubles.
P. G. Wodehouse
Money for Nothing