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  1. "The Super Suicide Society of the summer session was a success from the start." - A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  2. "His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead." - The Dead by James Joyce
  3. "Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary... While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping... For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore... And the silken, sad, uncertain rustling of each purple curtain" - The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
  4. "The fair breeze blew, the white foam flew, The furrow followed free; We were the first that ever burst Into that silent sea." - The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  5. "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." - The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  6. “My father brought to conversations a cavernous capacity for caring that dismayed strangers." - The Centaur by John Updike
  7. "Many mumbling mice are making midnight music in the moonlight" - Dr. Seuss’s ABC: Amazing Alphabet Book
  8. “Alert assassins at large allegedly automatic artillery angrily aimed and aggressively accurate AK's angled all ways adversary afraid as active ammunition abraise and accumulated an alias after arrested and accompanied armed accessories as an adolescent” - Alphabetical Slaughter by Papoose
  9. "The sibilant sermons of the snake as she discoursed upon the disposition of my sinner's soul seemed ceaseless." - The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
  10. "Gee, Great Aunt Nellie, why aren't any golden goldfinches going to the goodies?" "Oh," said Aunt Nellie, "They thrive on thistle and I thoroughly thought that I threw the thistle out there." - Thank You for the Thistle by Dorie Thurston
  11. "Slick as a sword sliding out of a stone." - Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
  12. "Hard to say whether you've fallen foul of that fine line between fitness and vanity." Touch by Claire North