2. "A current under sea Picked his bones in whispers. As he rose and fell He passed the stages of his age and youth Entering the whirlpool."
- Quote by T.S. Eliot
3. "GURGE (GURGE) n.s.[gurges, Latin.]Whirlpool; gulf. Marching from Eden he shall findThe plain, wherein a black bituminous gurgeBoils out from under ground.Milton’sParadise Lost,b. xii."
- Samuel Johnson, A Dictionary of the English Language (Complete and Unabridged in Two Volumes)
5. "The lesson of the spiral is that every thing is not a noun but a process, a dynamic energy event. The world resembles a whirlpool of transformation with which we can cooperate for our benefit."
- Michael S. Schneider, A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature
6. "Waited for my brother and didn't talk to anybody and nobody talked to her, because she'd always been one of those quiet, semi-retarded girls who you couldn't talk to without being dragged into a whirlpool of dumb stories."
- Junot Díaz, This Is How You Lose Her
7. "Her momentum ran out, and she spun quietly, whiteness below, light above. She noticed that she’d trailed a line of mist up out of the main cloud. This hung like a tether ready to pull her back down. In fact, all the mists were spinning slightly in what looked like an enormous weather pattern. A whirlpool of white. The heart of the whirlpool was directly beneath her."
- Brandon Sanderson, The Hero of Ages
8. "No, like worldly contempt, worldly honor is a whirlpool, a play of confused forces, an illusory moment in the flux of opinions. It is a sense-deception, as when a swarm of insects at a distance seem to the eye like one body; a sense-deception, as when the noise of the many at a distance seems to the ear like a single voice."
- Søren Kierkegaard, Purity of Heart is to Will One Thing: Spiritual Preparation for the Office of Confession
9. "The only excursion of my life outside of New Orleans took me through the vortex to the whirlpool of despair: Baton Rouge. . . . New Orleans is, on the other hand, a comfortable metropolis which has a certain apathy and stagnation which I find inoffensive."
- John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces