32 English Paper 1 Leaving Cert Quotes

32 extracts from past leaving cert english papers that show creativity and cannot be faulted. Good luck 6th years! 


1. She walked into my office like a centipede with 98 missing legs.

2. His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a tumble dryer

3. Her hair glistened in the rain like nose hair after a sneeze.

4. The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn't.


5. McMurphy fell 12 stories, hitting the pavement like a paper bag
filled with vegetable soup.

6. Her eyes were like two brown circles with big black dots in the

7. The dandelion swayed in the gentle breeze like an oscillating
electric fan set on medium.

8. Her vocabulary was as bad as, kinda' like, sorta, whatever.

9. He was as tall as a six-foot-three-inch tree.

10. The hailstones leaped from the pavement, just like maggots when you
fry them in hot grease


11. Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers raced across
the grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one
having left Ballina at 6:36 pm travelling at 55 mph, the other from
Claremorris 4:19pm at a speed of 35 mph.

12. The politician was gone but unnoticed, like the full stop after the
Dr. on a Dr Pepper can.

13. John and Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who had
also never met.

14. The thunder was ominous sounding, much like the sound of a thin
sheet of metal being shaken backstage during the storm scene in a

15. The red brick wall was the colour of a brick-red crayon.

16. Even in his last years, Granddad had a mind like a steel trap, only
one that had been left out so long it had rusted shut.


17. The plan was simple, like my brother Phil. But unlike Phil, this
plan just might work.

18. The young fighter had a hungry look, the kind you get from not
eating for while.

19. "Oh, Jason, take me!" she panted, her breasts heaving like a student on 50 cent-a-pint night.

20. He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck either,
but a real duck that was actually lame. Maybe from stepping on a
landmine or something.

21. Her artistic sense was exquisitely refined, like someone who can
tell butter from "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter"

22. She had a deep, throaty, genuine laugh, like that sound a dog makes
just before it throws up.


23. It came down the stairs looking very much like something no-one had
ever seen before.

24. The ballerina rose gracefully en pointe and extended one slender leg
behind her, like a dog at a lamppost.

25. The revelation that his marriage of 30 years had disintegrated
because of his wife's infidelity came as a rude shock, like a
surcharge at a formerly surcharge-free cashpoint.

26. It was a working class tradition, like fathers chasing kids around
with their power tools.

27. He was deeply in love. When she spoke, he thought he heard bells, as
if she were a dustcart reversing.

28. She was as easy as the Independent crossword.

29. She grew on him like she was a colony of E. coli and he was
room-temperature British beef.

30. Her voice had that tense, grating quality, like a first-generation
thermal paper fax machine that needed a band tightened.

31. It hurt the way your tongue hurts after you accidentally staple it
to the wall.

32. Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two other
sides gently compressed by a Thigh Master.

Sarah Power
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Unnatural blonde with a natural gift for wrapping presents. Never had one lesson. Big fan of Sex and the City, Eddie Vedder and men who have a good strong whistle. Hope to be a responsible woman one day, but for now I'm enjoying being a child in a woman's body. Pet peeve: People who abbreve everything.

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