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  • When one kicks over a tea table and smashes everything but the sugar bowl, one may as well pick that up and drop it on the bricks, don't you think?

  • You can't discover one foot of clay on an idol without suspecting the other.

  • Heed the spark or you may dread the fire ...

  • This downhill path is easy, but there's no turning back.

  • ... I was like many another who starts an intrigue timidly. Once into it, I had to go on, and therefore I had to harden my sensibilities.

  • But the camel's nose was in the tent.

  • ... who the useful art can teach, / When sliding down a steepy way, / To stop, before the end we reach?

    • Catharine Cockburn,
    • "The Caution," in Alexander Dyce, ed., Specimens of British Poetesses ()
  • I have a boa constrictor. ... Once a month I go to a dissection lab on campus to get frozen mice to feed my boa constrictor. But this month, there was a new professor in charge, and he said to me, 'I can't give you frozen mice. If I give you frozen mice, everyone will want frozen mice.

    • Anonymous,
    • in Gloria Steinem, My Life on the Road ()