If Men and Women took their Pleasures as noisily as the Cats, what Londoner could ever hope to sleep of nights?
(Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British novelist. The Fifth Earl of Gonister, in After Many a Summer Dies the Swan, pt. II, ch. 4 (1939).
This witticism is found in the diaries of the Fifth Earl of Gonister, Huxley's invention of an eighteenth-century aristocrat of almost superhuman cynicism.)
Did all of us feel interested in bombing buildings only when the men we slept with were urging us on?
(Jane Alpert (b. 1947), U.S. revolutionary and convicted bomber. Growing Up Underground, ch. 13 (1981).
Reflecting on the instigation of her lover, Sam Melville, who led a tiny revolutionary commune in New York City during the late 1960s; Melville was imprisoned in Attica, in western New York State, and died in a revolt there.)