Mr. Trevanian has a nice gift for bizarre characters. The chief of Search and Sanction is an albino who lives in darkness; he must also undergo periodic changes of blood because he is "one of nature's rarest genealogical phenomena"... It seems only yesterday that Sidney Greenstreet was growing orchards in a most sinister greenhouse and chuckling mirthlessly. Actually, that was thirty years ago and writers are now having a difficult time thinking up unlikely traits...
—Gore Vidal, The Top Ten Best Sellers According to the Sunday New York Times as of January 7, 1973
On a gathering storm
Comes a tall handsome man
In a dusty black coat
With a red right hand.
— Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, "Red Right Hand"
RED WILL RULE AS RED RULES AND SPREADS RED RUIN FROM MY RED RIGHT HAND!
—Zack "Geist Editor" Parsons, in reference to a poorly-chosen hypothesis as to which color of Skittles would be most prominent, Science Fair SWAT
...Nature never errs.
To those who know the workings of your mind
Your face and figure, sir, suggest a book
— Cyril, Princess Ida
You may be friendly looking on the outside,
But I know why you only wear long sleeves
And I know why you shake with the wrong hand
Don't try to hide it, cause I do believe that
You're out to get me,
Gonna scratch out my eyes
With that atomic copper claw!
— Lemon Demon, "Atomic Copper Claw"
"What monstrosities would walk the streets, were some people's faces as unfinished as their minds."
— Eric Hoffer, "Reflections on the Human Condition (1973)"