- He puts forward with almost repulsive abruptness the paradoxes which the Christian must believe: he declares it an Icarian flight to wish to penetrate these secrets: but so much stronger is the impulse he seeks to give the human mind in the direction of enquiry into natural objects. - "A History of England Principally in the Seventeenth Century, Volume I (of 6)", Leopold von Ranke.
- It may not be altogether useless, at a time when declamations, springing from St. Simonian, Phalansterian, and Icarian books, are invoking the press and the tribune, and which seriously threaten the liberty of labour and commercial transactions. - "Essays on Political Economy", Frederic Bastiat.
- And the sea in which poor Icarus was drowned was called forever afterward by his name, the Icarian Sea. - "Story Hour Readings: Seventh Year", E.C. Hartwell.