Taliesin, from The Mabinogion

And she went forth after him, running.
And he saw her, and changed himself into a hare and fled.
But she changed herself into a greyhound and turned him.
And he ran towards a river, and became a fish.

The Marriages Between Zones Three, Four and Five, by Doris Lessing

When Al:Ith first heard of the Order, she believed it to be a joke. She and her sister laughed. All of Zone Three heard how they laughed. Then arrived a message that could only be regarded as a rebuke, and people came together in conferences and council all over the Zone.

Burning Your Boats, by Angela Carter

‘My mother said: “Child, if such folks awe you, then picture them on the lavatory, straining, constipated. They will at once seem small, pathetic, manageable.” And she whispered to me a great, universal truth: “THE BOWELS ARE GREAT LEVELLERS.“ BURNING YOUR BOATS, by Angela Carter BURNING YOUR BOATS: THE COLLECTED SHORT STORIES (1995) is a posthumously-published collection of Angela Carter’s short…

Shikasta, by Doris Lessing

This is the point, you see, this is always the point which they must remember: that every child has the capacity to be everything. A child was a miracle, a wonder!