1. "The sight of the food made Jerott want to vomit. He said cheerfully, ‘Well, well. Thank God you’re a dab hand at chess.’ ‘If you’re going to be bright,’ said Lymond, with a soft and frightening venom, ‘I’ll break your sweet little neck."
- Dorothy Dunnett, Pawn in Frankincense
2. "Identity: smack-dab in the middle...Neither omnipotent nor impotent. Neither God's MVP nor God's mistake."
- Quote by Max Lucado
3. "Almost anything is edible with a dab of French mustard on it."
- Nigel Slater, The Kitchen Diaries: A Year in the Kitchen with Nigel Slater
8. "Thanks to my mother, I was raised to have a morbid imagination. When I was a child, she often talked about death as warning, as an unavoidable matter of fact. Little Debbie's mom down the block might say, 'Honey, look both ways before crossing the street.' My mother's version: 'You don't look, you get smash flat like sand dab.' (Sand dabs were the cheap fish we bought live in the market, distinguished in my mind by their two eyes affixed on one side of their woebegone cartoon faces.) The warnings grew worse, depending on the danger at hand. Sex education, for example, consisted of the following advice: 'Don't ever let boy kiss you. You do, you can't stop. Then you have baby. You put baby in garbage can. Police find you, put you in jail, then you life over, better just kill youself."
- Amy Tan, The Opposite of Fate : Memories of a Writing Life
9. "On writers' workshops: "It is the dab of grit that seeps into an oyster's shell that makes the pearl, not pearl-making seminars with other oysters."
- Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft