- The black archway which admitted you might have served as the portal of the Augean stables, but you emerged presently upon a mouldy little court, of which the fourth side was formed by a narrow terrace, overhanging the Tiber. - "Roderick Hudson", Henry James.
- Should they be successful at the polls, the argument was made that Judge Boynton and some of his well meaning associates upon the ticket, despite their good intentions, would be powerless to cleanse the Augean stables because they would be prevented from so doing by forces within their own party. - "The Lash", Olin L. Lyman.
- Dear innocent, wise enthusiast, with her impossible scheme for cleansing the Augean stable of this world! - "The Dop Doctor", Clotilde Inez Mary Graves.