"As far as I'm concerned, being any gender is a drag."
"Here was a community of people, handpicked over decades for their 'criminal propensities and for no other reason, whose offspring turned out to form one of the most law-abiding societies in the world. At a time when neo-conservative social ideologues are trying to revive the old bogey of hereditary disposition for crime, this may still be worth pondering."
(Robert Hughes,The Fatal Shore, London, 1988, pages xiii-xiv)
"Come, harken then, ere voice of dread,
With bitter tidings laden,
Shall summon to unwelcome bed
A melancholy maiden!
We are but older children, dear,
Who fret to find our bedtime near.
(Lewis Carroll, Through The Looking Glass)
"I died so many years ago. You can make me feel like it isn't so. Why you come to be with me, I think I finally know: you're scared, ashamed of what you feel. You can't tell the ones you love, you know they couldn't deal. Whisper in a dead man's ear, it doesn't make it real. That's great, but I don't want to play. 'cause being with you touches me, more than I can say. And since I'm only dead to you, I'm saying stay away and let me rest in peace..."
(Buffy the Vampire Slayer, season 6, episode "Once More With Feeling")