- The windows were securely grated with iron bars, and the whole building was rendered secure by heavy oaken doors. - "In and Out of Rebel Prisons", Lieut. A. [Alonzo] Cooper.
- For in an age when books were few,- so few, so precious, that they were often chained to their oaken shelves with iron chains, like galley- slaves to their benches, these men, with their laborious hands, copied upon parchment all the lore and wisdom of the past, and transmitted it to us. - "Hyperion", Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
- " It is evident the child belonged to a rich and distinguished family," he added, while Katrina replaced the babe's outfit in the oaken chest. - "The Waif of the "Cynthia"", André Laurie and Jules Verne.