„Once upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and their names were – Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter.“
— Beatrix Potter, kniha The Tale of Peter Rabbit
The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1902)
— Eoin Colfer Irish author of children's books 1965
Zdroj: The Arctic Incident
„Off to bed. If squirrels take over in the night, I, for one, welcome our new bushy-tailed scampering overlords, & I know where the nuts are.“
— Neil Gaiman English fantasy writer 1960
Neil Gaiman's Twitter stream http://twitter.com/neilhimself, Tweet ID # 2189298072 (16 June 2009) http://twitter.com/neilhimself/status/2189298072
„How, then, was the Devil dressed?
Oh! he was in his Sunday's best;
His coat was red, and his breeches were blue,
And there was a hole where his tail came through.“
— Robert Southey British poet 1774 - 1843
The Devil's Walk http://www.rc.umd.edu/editions/shelley/devil/devil.rs1860.html (1799)
— Martin Luther seminal figure in Protestant Reformation 1483 - 1546
„I'm going to take you out of here… I'm going to take you home, to the world where you belong, where cats with bent tails live, and there are little backyards, and alarm clocks ring in the morning.“
— Haruki Murakami, kniha The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Zdroj: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
— Suzanne Collins, kniha Mockingjay
„When people call this beast to mind,
They marvel more and more
At such a LITTLE tail behind,
So LARGE a trunk before.“
— Hilaire Belloc, kniha The Bad Child's Book of Beasts
The Bad Child's Book of Beasts (1896)
— A.A. Milne, kniha Winnie-the-Pooh
— Beatrix Potter English children's writer and illustrator 1866 - 1943
„The horse, Bernstein, was missing half his tail, because the first cello had just restrung his bow last week.“
— Emily St. John Mandel, kniha Station Eleven
Zdroj: Station Eleven (2014), Chapter 7 (p. 36)
„Duckbills were supposedly croc-style swimmers, moving by strong, easy, side-to-side flexures of their tail. Therefore, the optimal design would feature vertical tail spines. But duckbill spines all slanted strongly backward, exactly as in land-living lizards, not in swimmers.
Another problem in the duckbill's swimming equipment lies in the profile of the tail. The deepest part of the croc's tail is close to the end, because the end swings through a wider arc than does the base in moving side to side. Thus the tail is deepest where it can do the most good in pushing against the water. All powerful tail-scullers have such deep tail ends. But duckbill tails were deepest at the hips and become progressively narrower from top-to-bottom toward the tip - another caudal feature nearly totally maladapted for its primary function.“
— Robert T. Bakker, kniha The Dinosaur Heresies
The Dinosaur Heresies: A Revolutionary View of Dinosaurs (1986), Longman Scientific & Technical, p. 153
The Dinosaur Heresies (1986)
„Warlocks are independent. And hard to get hold of. Like cats, but with fewer tails. Well, there are some tails. I don't have one myself“
— Cassandra Clare, The Mortal Instruments
Malcolm Fade, to Maia Roberts, pg. 404
The Mortal Instruments, City of Heavenly Fire (2014)
— Jonathan Swift, kniha A Tale of a Tub
A Tale of a Tub (1704)
— Kurt Vonnegut, kniha Breakfast of Champions
Breakfast of Champions (1973)
Kontext: I was on par with the Creator of the Universe there in the dark in the cocktail lounge. I shrunk the Universe to a ball exactly one light-year in diameter. I had it explode. I had it disperse itself again.
Ask me a question, any question. How old is the Universe? It is one half-second old, but the half-second has lasted one quintillion years so far. Who created it? Nobody created it. It has always been here.
What is time? It is a serpent which eats its tail, like this:
This is the snake which uncoiled itself long enough to offer Eve the apple, which looked like this:
What was the apple which Eve and Adam ate? It was the Creator of the Universe.
And so on.
Symbols can be so beautiful, sometimes.