1. "Caution is the eldest child of wisdom."
- Quote by Victor Hugo
2. "It is good to renew one's wonder, said the philosopher. Space travel has again made children of us all."
- Ray Bradbury, The Martian Chronicles
3. "If one's safety is threatened, one often finds courage one didn't know one had, and the eldest Baudelaire found she could be brave enough to open the door."
- Lemony Snicket, The Reptile Room
4. "She discovered with great delight that one does not love one's children just because they are one's children but because of the friendship formed while raising them."
- Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera
5. "Ruin, eldest daughter of Zeus, she blinds us all, that fatal madness—she with those delicate feet of hers, never touching the earth, gliding over the heads of men to trap us all. She entangles one man, now another."
- Homer, The Iliad
6. "Wasn't growing catnip in one's yard the kitty equivalent of giving candy to children?"
- Caroline Paul, Lost Cat: A True Story of Love
7. "to be hated! to love with all the fury of one's soul; to feel that one would give for the least of her smiles, one's blood, one's vitals, one's fame, one's salvation, one's immortality and eternity,"
- Victor Hugo, The Hunchback Of Notre Dame
8. "A Half-Blood of the eldest gods, Shall reach sixteen against all odds And see the world in endless sleep The Hero's soul, cursed blade shall reap A single choice shall end his days Olympus to preserve or raze."
- Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief
9. "First, the explosion of life. Then came the celebration. Such as it had been for generations and generations, as long as the eldest of the eldest could remember; as long as the record books had kept steady score. By the time the first buds were edging their green shoots from the dirt, the parade grounds had been cleared and the maypole had been pulled from its exile in the basement of the Mansion. The board had met and the Queen decided; all that was left was the wait. The wait for May."
- Colin Meloy, Wildwood Imperium
10. "The number of his wives is uncertain. Abulfeda, who writes with more caution than other of the Arabian historians, limits it to fifteen, though some make it as much as twenty-five. At the time of his death he had nine, each in her separate dwelling, and all in the vicinity of the mosque at Medina. The plea alleged for his indulging in a greater number of wives than he permitted to his followers, was a desire to beget a race of prophets for his people. If such indeed were his desire, it was disappointed. Of all his children, Fatima the wife of Ali alone survived him, and she died within a short time after his death. Of her descendants, none excepting her eldest son Hassan ever sat on the throne of the Caliphs."
- Washington Irving, Washington Irving's Life of Mohammed