- The Shadow of his Excellency brought me a few bad Fezzan dates, from which oases The Mountains are mostly supplied. - "Travels in the Great Desert of Sahara, in the Years of 1845 and 1846", James Richardson.
- He was once, he said, wandering in the almost infinite desert of Sahara, impelled perhaps by rash curiosity, perhaps by higher motives; he had lost his way there, and had at last, wearied to death, reached one of those fertile islands of that sea of sand which are called oases. - "The Two Captains", Friedrich de La Motte-Fouque.
- Little soft oases these, in the hard desert of our sandy spiritual life at home. - "Father and Son", Edmund Gosse.