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  • Many, such as Cicero, despised Catullus’s poetry because it often used crude language.
  • It’s a bit from Catullus," he said.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • By Catullus.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • It’s from a poem by Catullus.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass

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  • That wisdom, which seems to have been unavailable to Chaucer, or Dante, or Catullus, or Sophocles, or Shakespeare, or Dickens, is still with us, and, in 1969 it placed an inordinate burden on African American writers.
    Toni Morrison  --  Sula
  • I read Lempriere, Catullus, Martial, Juvenal, Lucian, Beaumont and Fletcher, Boccaccio, Scarron, De Brantome, Sterne, De Foe, Smollett, Fielding, Shakespeare, the Bible, and other such; and found that all interest in the unwholesome part of those books ended with its mystery.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Yet when I read Shakespeare or Catullus, lying in the long grass, he understands more than Louis.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • Who was Catullus?
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Catullus.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • This exponent or symbol held forth by metrical language must in different eras of literature have excited very different expectations: for example, in the age of Catullus, Terence, and Lucretius and that of Statius or Claudian; and in our own country, in the age of Shakespeare and Beaumont and Fletcher, and that of Donne and Cowley, or Dryden, or Pope.
    William Wordsworth  --  Preface to Lyrical Ballads

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  • Should I desert these form rooms and libraries, and the broad yellow page in which I read Catullus, for woods and fields?
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • They will make it impossible for me always to read Catullus in a third-class railway carriage.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • I do not impersonate Catullus, whom I adore.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • Those are laboratories perhaps; and that a library, where I shall explore the exactitude of the Latin language, and step firmly upon the well-laid sentences, and pronounce the explicit, the sonorous hexameters of Virgil, of Lucretius; and chant with a passion that is never obscure or formless the loves of Catullus, reading from a big book, a quarto with margins.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • So he turned with a passion that made up for his indolence upon Catullus, Horace, Lucretius, lying lazily dormant, yes, but regardant, noticing, with rapture, cricketers, while with a mind like the tongue of an ant-eater, rapid, dexterous, glutinous, he searched out every curl and twist of those Roman sentences, and sought out one person, always one person to sit beside.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
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