„Wee, sleekit, cowrin, tim'rous beastie,
O, what a panic's in thy breastie!“
To a Mouse, st. 1 (1785)
Kontext: Wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie,
O, what a panic's in thy breastie!
Thou need na start awa sae hasty,
Wi' bickering brattle!
— Cassandra Clare American author 1973
Quelle: Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy
„"You couldn't have a beastie, a snake-thing, on an island this size," Ralph explained kindly. "You only get them in big countries, like Africa, or India."
Murmur; and the grave nodding of heads.
"He says the beastie came in the dark."
"Then he couldn't see it!"
Laughter and cheers.
"Did you hear that? Says he saw the thing in the dark—"
"He still says he saw the beastie. It came and went away again an' came back and wanted to eat him."
"He was dreaming."
Laughing, Ralph looked for confirmation round the ring of faces. The older boys agreed; but here and there among the little ones was the doubt that required more than rational assurance.
"He must have had a nightmare. Stumbling about among all those creepers."
More grave nodding. They knew about nightmares.
"He says he saw the beastie, the snake-thing, and will it come back tonight?"
"But there isn't a beastie!"
"He says in the morning it turned into them things like ropes in the trees and hung in the branches. He says will it come back again tonight?"
"But there isn't a beastie!"
There was no laughter at all now and more grave watching. Ralph pushed both hands through his hair and looked at the little boy in mixed amusement and exasperation.“
— William Golding, buch Lord of the Flies
Quelle: Lord of the Flies (1954), Ch. 2: Fire on the Mountain
— Evelyn Waugh, buch Decline and Fall
Decline and Fall (1928)
— Derek Landy, Skulduggery Pleasant
Quelle: Skulduggery Pleasant
— Lois McMaster Bujold, buch Brothers in Arms
Variante: "Don't panic."
"I'm not panicking, I'm watching you panic. It's more entertaining."
Quelle: Vorkosigan Saga, Brothers in Arms (1989)
— Billy Joel American singer-songwriter and pianist 1949
Big Man on Mulberry Street.
Song lyrics, The Bridge (1986)
— Edgar Degas French artist 1834 - 1917
Quoted by Daniel Halévy, Degas Parle (1960) [My Friend Degas, trans. and ed. Mina Curtiss, Wesleyan University Press, 1964], p. 119
— Sophie Kinsella, buch The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic
Quelle: Confessions of a Shopaholic
— Scott Joplin American composer, musician, and pianist 1868 - 1917
"Wall Street Rag" (1909)
„Look, he isn’t even concerned.”
I poured the tea. “He’s concerned, Mother. He just doesn’t panic, because he’s in charge and if he panics, everybody else will panic.”
“I can jog around the room pretending to scream if you would like,” Jim offered.“
— Ilona Andrews American husband-and-wife novelist duo
Quelle: Magic Dreams
— Corrie ten Boom Dutch resistance hero and writer 1892 - 1983
— Cassandra Clare, buch City of Ashes
Quelle: City of Ashes
„Look at Vietnam, look at Lebanon. Whenever soldiers start coming home in body bags, Americans panic and retreat. Such a country needs only to be confronted with two or three sharp blows, then it will flee in panic, as it always has.“
— Osama bin Laden founder of al-Qaeda 1957 - 2011
As quoted in The Looming Tower, by Wright, p. 187, 8 August 2006.