- Salmasius sometimes reproaches Milton as being but a puny piece of man; an homunculus, a dwarf deprived of the human figure, a bloodless being, composed of nothing but skin and bone; a contemptible pedagogue, fit only to flog his boys: and, rising into a poetic frenzy, applies to him the words of Virgil, " Monstrum horrendum, informe, ingens, cui lumen ademptum." - "Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)", Isaac D'Israeli.
- At a time when a reflection in a mirror or in a sheet of water was supposed to afford quite positive evidence of the reality of each individual's " double," and when the " soul," or more concretely, " life," was imagined to be a minute image or homunculus, it is quite likely that the reflection in the eye may have been interpreted as the " soul" dwelling within it. - "The Evolution of the Dragon", G. Elliot Smith.