Alliteration Quotes

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James Joyce
“A few light taps upon the pane made him turn to the window. It had begun to snow again. He watched sleepily the flakes, silver and dark, falling obliquely against the lamplight. The time had come for him to set out on his journey westward. Yes, the newspapers were right: snow was general all over Ireland. It was falling on every part of the dark central plain, on the treeless hills, falling softly upon the Bog of Allen and, farther westward, softly falling into the dark mutinous Shannon waves. It was falling, too, upon every part of the lonely churchyard on the hill where Michael Furey lay buried. It lay thickly drifted on the crooked crosses and headstones, on the spears of the little gate, on the barren thorns. 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.”
James Joyce, Dubliners

Kelley Armstrong
“Another werewolf thing. Like most animals, we spent a large part of our lives engaged in the three Fs of basic survival. Feeding, fighting and... reproduction.”
Kelley Armstrong, Stolen

Cinda Williams Chima
“And they always slept better with blades beneath their beds.”
Cinda Williams Chima, The Warrior Heir

“Billions of bilious blue blistering barnacles!”

Dean Koontz
“Alliteration seems to offend people.”
Dean Koontz, Odd Thomas

Kevin Hearne
“Icy glares from vampires are far icier than icy glares from people and when the vampire giving you an icy glare is originally from Iceland, you're confronted with the archetypal origin of the term, and you shouldn't be surprised if your core body temperature drops a few degrees.”
Kevin Hearne, Hexed

Umberto Eco
“And this? Aldhelm of Malmesbury. Listen to this page: 'Primitus pantorum procerum poematorum pio potissimum paternoque presertim privilegio panegiricum poemataque passim prosatori sub polo promulgatas.' ... The words all begin with the same letter!"

"The men of my islands are all a bit mad," William said proudly.”
Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose

Herman Melville
“It was while gliding through these latter waters that one serene and moonlight night, when all the waves rolled by like scrolls of silver; and, by their soft, suffusing seethings, made what seemed a silvery silence, not a solitude; on such a silent night a silvery jet was seen far in advance of the white bubbles at the bow. Lit up by the moon, it looked celestial; seemed some plumed and glittering god uprising from the sea. Fedallah first descried this jet. For of these moonlight nights, it was his wont to mount to the main-mast head, and stand a look-out there, with the same precision as if it had been day. And yet, though herds of whales were seen by night, not one whaleman in a hundred would venture a lowering for them. You may think with what emotions, then, the seamen beheld this old Oriental perched aloft at such unusual hours; his turban and the moon, companions in one sky. But when, after spending his uniform interval there for several successive nights without uttering a single sound; when, after all this silence, his unearthly voice was heard announcing that silvery, moon-lit jet, every reclining mariner started to his feet as if some winged spirit had lighted in the rigging, and hailed the mortal crew. “There she blows!” Had the trump of judgment blown, they could not have quivered more; yet still they felt no terror; rather pleasure. For though it was a most unwonted hour, yet so impressive was the cry, and so deliriously exciting, that almost every soul on board instinctively desired a lowering.”
Herman Melville

“Leave it to a librarian to point out the alliteration in my life’s tragedies.”
Fiona Davis, The Lions of Fifth Avenue

“Give me a man, for his sons make courageous soldiers while pretty boys can only decorate the dance.”
Euripides, Electra

Gregory Maguire
“Liir held Chistery in his lap and sobbed into his scalp. Chistery said, "Well, we'll wail while woe'll wheel," and he cried along with Liir.”
Gregory Maguire, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

Mark Forsyth
“You can spend all day trying to think of some universal truth to set down on paper, and some poets try that. Shakespeare knew that it's much easier to string together some words beginning with the same letter.”
Mark Forsyth, The Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase

James D. Doss
“The clever old conniver continued to cogitate.”
James D. Doss

Justin Bienvenue
“Crouching in position posing in perfect posture
On the rooftop of a gothic cathedral sits a monster”
Justin Bienvenue, The Macabre Masterpiece: Poems of Horror and Gore

Gabriela Mistral
“If it's all been dream and delirium
may death ripen me in my dream.”
Gabriela Mistral, Madwomen: Poems of Gabriela Mistral

Mike Wilks
“The shelves of this store are stacked with stock. You will find a steamship, a sailing ship, and even a spaceship. There are several sorts of shoe and scores of signs and symbols. There is a sketch of a squinch, a selection of shells (not all from the sea), a siamang settled on a seat, a sponge to be studied, and sundry stuff suspended from strings. In all I included 1,234 Ss for you to see.”
Mike Wilks

“Perusing for personal peace in a placid place pondering the possibilities of potentially possessing permanent patience and perseverance”
Andrew Edward Lucier, Awakenigma Allegory Anomalous

John Kenneth Galbraith
“The recurrent and sadly erroneous belief that effortless enrichment is an entitlement associated with what is thought to be exceptional financial perspicacity and wisdom is not something that yields to legislative remedy.”
John Kenneth Galbraith, A Short History of Financial Euphoria

Madeline Miller
“Achilles," I said.

HIs eyes opened, and he was beside me before I could speak again.

"Are you all right?"


The skins whispered against each other as they parted for him, then slipped shut again.”
Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles

Gene Wolfe
“It was earliest morning, when even small trees cast long shadows and scarlet foxes trot denward through the dew like flecks of fire.”
Gene Wolfe

Justin Bienvenue
“Soothe and sly stamina with a short sword they slice
They are beyond precise making the victim pay the price”
Justin Bienvenue, Like A Box Of Chocolates

Patrick Leigh Fermor
“And the Austrian army, awfully arrayed, boldly, by battery, besieged Belgrade.”
Patrick Leigh Fermor, Between the Woods and the Water

Kirk Jones
“The first fallen leaves of the season skitter like vermin across the concrete. You wish they could carry away the refuse that's long been accumulating inside you. You imagine anthropomorphic leaves lovingly building piecemeal nests crafted from your sorrow. You wish your pain had a function other than sending you to the gym once a week. You wish you had a purpose.”
Kirk Jones, Die Empty

“Reality really relies on authoritatively regulating
Your absolute attention”
Andrew Edward Lucier, Awakenigma Allegory Anomalous

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