评语：出自 William Shakespeare 的 The Tempest (Act 5, Scene 1).
原句为: "And thence retire me to my Milan, where / Every third thought shall be my grave."
评语：出自 William Shakespeare 的 "Sonnet 98".
原句为: "From you have I been absent in the spring, ..."
评语：出自人类学家、民俗学专家 Jessie L. Weston 的著作 From Ritual to Romance.
T. S. Eliot 在 The Waste Land 的注释中表示这首长诗的标题、结构甚至很多象征都直接来自于 Weston 的这本书。
评语：出自英国诗人 Alfred Tennyson 的诗歌 "The Lady of Shalott". 原句为: "From the bank and from the river / He flashed into the crystal mirror / 'Tirra lirra,' by the river / Sang Sir Lancelot."
评语：出自英国诗人 William Wordsworth 的诗歌 “The Tables Turned”.
原句为: Enough of Science and of Art;
Close up those barren leaves;
Come forth, and bring with you a heart
That watches and receives.
评语：出自以书写一战成名的英国诗人 Rupert Brooke 的诗作 “Tiare Tahiti”.
原句为: Dive and double and follow after,
Snare in flowers, and kiss, and call,
With lips that fade, and human laughter
And faces individual,
Well this side of Paradise!
评语：出自英国文艺复兴时期剧作家 John Webster 的作品 The White Devil.
原句为: "Tis just like a summer bird-cage in a garden: the birds that are without despair to get in, and the birds within despair and are in a consumption for fear they shall never get out."
评语：出自英国诗人 William Blake 的诗歌 "The Echoing Green".
原句为: "Such, such were the joys
When we all – girls and boys —
In our youth-time were seen
On the echoing Green."
评语：出自英国文艺复兴时期剧作家 John Webster 的作品 The Duchess of Malfi.
原句为: "We are merely the stars' tennis balls, struck and bandied which way please them."
评语：出自美国诗人 Walt Whitman 的同名诗文集标题 Specimen Days; from Complete Poetry and Collected Prose.
评语：出自美国诗人 Walt Whitman 的同名诗歌标题 "Pioneers! O Pioneers!"
评语：出自11世纪波斯诗人 Omar Khayyám 的作品 Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.
原句为: The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.
评语：出自德国作家 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 的悲剧 Faust (Part One).
原句为: "And claims of Mother Night her ancient place."
评语：出自19世纪英国诗人 Francis Thompson 的诗作 "The Kingdom of God".
原句为: The angels keep their ancient places;
Turn but a stone, and start a wing!
'Tis ye, 'tis your estranged faces,
That miss the many-splendoured thing.
评语：出自17世纪英国作家 Sir Thomas Browne 的作品 Religio Medici (The Religion of a Doctor).
原句为: "There's another man within me that's angry with me."
评语：出自18世纪英国作家 William Hogarth 的美学著作 The Analysis of Beauty.
本书标题即来自于 Hogarth 对 "Line of Beauty" 这个概念的阐释。
评语：出自美国诗人 Hart Crane 的诗歌 “The Broken Tower,”.
原句为: And so it was I entered the broken world /
To trace the visionary company of love, its voice /
An instant in the wind (I know not whither hurled) /
But not for long to hold each desperate choice.
评语：出自古希腊诗人 Homer 的史诗 Iliad (Book II).
原句为: "The vulture's maw / Shall have his carcase, and the dogs his bones."
评语：出自19世纪苏格兰作家 William Sharp 的诗作 ”The Lonely Hunter".
原句为: "But my heart is a lonely hunter that hunts on a lonely hill."
评语：出自爱尔兰诗人 W. B. Yeats 的诗歌 "Remorse for Intemperate Speech".
原句为: I carry from my mother‘s womb / A fanatic heart.
评语：出自作家 Milan Kundera 的小说 The Unbearable Lightness of Being.
原句为: "In the sunset of dissolution, everything is illuminated by the aura of nostalgia, even the guillotine."
评语：出自英国诗人 William Blake 的诗作 "Auguries of Innocence".
原句为: Every night and every morn,
Some to misery are born,
Every morn and every night,
Some are born to sweet delight.
Some are born to sweet delight,
Some are born to endless night.
评语：出自英国诗人 William Blake 的诗作 The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.
原句为: “If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern.”
评语：出自英国诗人 W.H. Auden 的诗歌 “Death's Echo".
原句为: Dance, dance, for the figure is easy,
The tune is catching and will not stop;
Dance till the stars come down with the rafters;
Dance, dance, dance till you drop.
评语：出自福尔摩斯之父 Arthur Conan Doyle 的短篇小说 "The Adventure of Silver Blaze".
原句为: Gregory: "Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention?" Holmes: "To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time." Gregory: "The dog did nothing in the night-time." Holmes: "That was the curious incident."