Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

“If the Doctor, with a large birch, had appeared bodily to him, even at the age of threescore and eight, and had said in awful voice, ‘Boy, take down your pant — ‘? Well, well, Miss Sedley was exceedingly alarmed at this act of insubordination.”

Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho

“I can choose either to be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure. It’s all a question of how I view my life.”