„My father had a dark glimmer in his eye as he moved behind her. “Old?” He spoke in a low voice as he began to rub her shoulders again. “Woman, I have a mind to prove you wrong.”
She smiled a wry smile. “Sir, I have a mind to let you.”“
— Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind
The Name of the Wind (2007), Chapter 14, “The Name of the Wind” (p. 113)
„"You look like a girl with a secret," Matt said. "I think it must be the smile."
She moved closer to him, which was very close, and lowered her voice. "Can you keep a secret?"
Matt smiled with one side of his mouth to show that he knew what was coming. She said it anyway. "So can I."“
— Larry Niven American writer 1938
A Gift From Earth (1968), Ch. 2 : The Sons Of Earth
„He saw a lawyer killing a viper
On a dunghill hard, by his own stable
And the devil smiled, for it put him in mind Of
Cain and his brother, Abel.“
— Samuel Taylor Coleridge English poet, literary critic and philosopher 1772 - 1834
"The Devils Thoughts" (c. 1834)
„She glared at him. "Why are you forever asking hard questions?"
He smiled. "Sooner or later you'll have to be able to answer one."
Daja shoved him, grinning.“
— Tamora Pierce American writer of fantasy novels for children 1954
„But as he warmed and glowed, in his simple and eloquent language,
Quite forgetful of self, and full of the praise of his rival,
Archly the maiden smiled, and, with eyes over-running with laughter,
Said, in a tremulous voice, "Why don't you speak for yourself, John?"“
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Courtship of Miles Standish
The Courtship of Miles Standish (1858), Pt. III, The Lover's Errand.
„Christmas crept into Pine Cove like a creeping Christmas thing: dragging garland, ribbon, and sleigh bells, oozing eggnog, reeking of pine, and threatening festive doom like a cold sore under the mistletoe.“
— Christopher Moore, The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror