I begin to see that a man's got to be in his own heaven to be happy.
(Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. 1907. Eli Stormfield, in "Extracts from Capt. Stormfield's Visit to Heaven," p. 835, Mark Twain: Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches, & Essays, 1891-1910, Library of America (1992).)
'Twas not by ideas,by heaven! his life was put in jeopardy by words.
(Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), British author, clergyman. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1760), vol. 2, ch. 2, eds. Melvyn New and Joan New, University of Florida Press (1978).
Said about uncle Toby's efforts to master the jargon of fortifications.)
O heavens! how short a time does it take to put an eternal end to a woman's liberty!
(Frances Burney (1752-1840), British author. The Early Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney, vol. 1, p. 17, journal entry, July 20, 1768, ed. Lars E. Troide, Oxford University Press (1988).
Burney on the wedding service.)