A funny thing happened to me on the way to the White House.
(Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965), U.S. Democratic politician. speech, Dec. 13, 1952, Washington D.C.. Quoted in Portrait: Adlai E. Stevenson, ch. 1, Alden Whitman (1965).
After his defeat in the Presidential election, in which Eisenhower won a landslide victory.)
An old superstition: If the house is filled with dread, place the beds at head to head.
(Willis Cooper, and Rowland V. Lee. Maid, Son of Frankenstein, explaining to Mrs. Frankenstein why the bedroom is arranged as it is. (1938).
Suggested by the story written in 1816 by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.)
Towns find it as hard as houses of business to rise again from ruin.
(Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. In The Works of Honoré de Balzac, vol. IV, trans. by George Saintsbury (1971). Narrator, in Pierrette, originally named Pierrette Lorrain, in Le Siècle (1840); included in the Comédie humaine as a Scène de la Vie de Province (1843).)
Instinct.When our house burns down, we even forget our lunch.Yes, but we go back to it later in the ashes.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 5, p. 88, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Beyond Good and Evil, "Fourth Part: Maxims and Interludes," section 83 (1886).)