You have to kiss a lot of toads before you find a handsome prince.
— American Proverbs

Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads.
Marianne Moore toad quote

Sweet are the uses of adversity which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head.
— William Shakespeare

In a sense the world dies every time a writer dies, because, if he is any good, he has been a wet nurse to humanity during his entire existence and has held earth close around him, like the little obstetrical toad that goes about with a cluster of eggs attached to his legs.
— E.B. (Elwyn Brooks) White

Broadway, such as I see it now and have seen it for twenty-five years, is a ramp that was conceived by St. Thomas Aquinas while he was yet in the womb. It was meant originally to be used only by snakes and lizards, by the horned toad and the red heron, but when the great Spanish Armada was sunk the human kind wriggled out of the ketch and slopped over, creating by a sort of foul, ignominious squirm and wiggle the cunt-like cleft that runs from the Battery south to the golf links north through the dead and wormy center of Manhattan Island.
— toad quotation by Henry Miller