1. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
"I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked. One fig was a husband and a happy home and children, and another fig was a famous poet and another fig was a brilliant professor, and another fig was Ee Gee, the amazing editor, and another fig was Europe and South Africa and South America, and another fig was Constantin and Socrates and Attila and a pack of lovers with queer names and offbeat professions, and another fig was Olympic lady crew champion, and beyond and above these figs were many more figs I couldn't quite make out. I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig tree, starving to death, just because i couldn't make up my mind which of the figs i would choose. I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest, and, as i sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black, and, one by one, the plopped to the ground at my feet."
2. Roughing It In The Bush by Susanna Moodie
"Such acts of heroism are common in the lower walks of life. Thus, the purest gems are often encased in the rudest crust; and the finest feelings of the human heart are fostered in the chilling atmosphere of poverty."
3. The Journals Of Susanna Moodie by Margaret Atwood
"My foot hit rock. The dreamed sails collapsed, ragged. I planted him in this country like a flag."
4. Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
"He does it with a better grace, but i do it more natural" (Act ii, Scene 3)
5. Oedipus Rex by Socrates
"Polybus and Merope are not your parents. You will one day kill a man who will turn out to be your real father. The woman you will eventually marry is your real mother."