- Michael, it looks as if we shall have to take to the trade of the footpad." - "No Defense, Volume 2.", Gilbert Parker.
- On the plan the formal road runs a strangely erratic course, for in many places it is faithful to the footpad. - "Tropic Days", E. J. Banfield.
- Why we should laugh at a man with a huge belly and corresponding appetites; at the inconveniences he suffers on a hot day, or in playing the footpad, or when he falls down and there are no levers at hand to lift him up again; at the incongruity of his unwieldy bulk and the nimbleness of his spirit, the infirmities of his age and his youthful lightness of heart; at the enormity of his lies and wiles, and the suddenness of their exposure and frustration; at the contrast between his reputation and his real character, seen most absurdly when, at the mere mention of his name, a redoubted rebel surrenders to him- why, I say, we should laugh at these and many such things, this is no place to inquire; but unquestionably we do. - "Oxford Lectures on Poetry", Andrew Cecil Bradley.