"The city itself swung slowly toward us silent as a dream. No sign of life but puffs of steam from skyscraper chimneys, the motion of the traffic. The mighty towers stood like tombstones in a graveyard, leaning against the sky and waiting for -- for what? Someday we'll know."
And the talk slid north, and the talk slid south, With the sliding puffs from the hookah-mouth. Four things greater than all things are, Women and Horses and Power and War. Kipling And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break it must die.
Once launched, the bomb was absolutely unapproachable and uncontrollable until its forces were nearly exhausted, and from the crater that burst open above it, puffs of heavy incandescent vapour and fragments of visciously punitive rock and mud, saturated with Carolinium, and each a centre of scorching and blistering energy were flung high and far. Such was the crowning triumph of military science, the ultimate explosive, that was to give the "decisive touch" to war....
The water-lily starts and slides Upon the level in little puffs of wind, Tho' anchor'd to the bottom.Alfred Tennyson
A man of knowledge lives by acting, not by thinking about acting... Thus a man of knowledge sweats and puffs and if one looks at him he is just like an ordinary man, except that the folly of his life is under his control.