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Quotations about Bad Breath

Better to have bad breath than no breath at all. ~American proverb

What is stronger than a mother's love? The smell of spring onions on your girl's breath. ~J. Melville Janson, Encyclopedia of Comedy, 1895

Mints. Do you want your breath to be acceptable for 15 minutes? Reach for mints. It's like brushing your teeth — but with sugar. ~Saturday Night Live, "Weekend Update," 2016 October 1st  [Kenan Thompson spoofing David Ortiz; writing credits Kelly, Schneider, Kocher, McElhaney, Bartlett, Drezen, Bornstein, Bradley, Torres –tg]

Persons with the worst breath, generally want to get as close to a person as possible when they have a communication to make. ~Dr. J. Taft, 14th Annual Meeting of the Ohio State Dental Society at Columbus, Ohio, 1879

Congratulations! You're not perfect! It's ridiculous to want to be perfect anyway... Perfect is boring! So you're not perfect! Wonderful! Have fun! Eat things that give you bad breath! Trip over your own shoelaces! Laugh!... ~Stephen Manes, Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days!, 1982

Many people say garlic give you bad breath. But Uncle Roger say, bad breath means you live good life. ~Nigel Ng ("Uncle Roger"), 2021, @mrnigelng,

And household ability wouldn't matter if I were a financial genius, but if I invested in a mouth wash stock, bad breath would suddenly become popular. ~Phyllis Diller, Phyllis Diller's Housekeeping Hints, 1966

You must have crossed the river before you may tell the crocodile it has bad breath. ~Chinese proverb

...And, most dear actors, eat no onions
nor garlic, for we are to utter sweet breath; and I
do not doubt but to hear them say, it is a sweet
comedy. No more words: away! go, away!
~William Shakespeare, Midsummer Night's Dream, c.1595  [IV, 2, Bottom]

CROWD  Fifty-seven varieties of Bad Breath holding a convention. ~Charles Wayland Towne, The Altogether New Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz, 1914

Since garlic then hath powers to save from death,
Bear with it though it make unsavory breath:
And scorn not garlic, like to some that think
It only makes men wink, and drink, and stink.
~Joannes de Mediolano, attributed, Regimen Sanitatis Salernitanum, 11th or 12th century, The English Version The School of Salernum by John Haryngton, 1607–1609  [spelling modernized –tg]

A nickel will get you on the subway, but garlic will get you a seat. ~New York proverb

Come, follow me by the smell,
Here are delicate onions to sell,
I promise to use you well.
They make the blood warmer;
You'll feed like a farmer:
For this is every cook's opinion,
No savoury dish without an onion;
But, lest your kissing should be spoil'd,
Your onions must be thoroughly boil'd:
      Or else you may spare
      Your mistress a share,
The secret will never be known;
      She cannot discover
      The breath of her lover,
But think it as sweet as her own.
~Jonathan Swift, "Onions"

You are what you eat. For example, if you eat garlic you're apt to be a hermit. ~Franklin P. Jones, unverified

Excuse my dragon breath... ~Erica Jong, Parachutes & Kisses, 1984

Coffee breath:  the smell of success., c. 2014

Withdraw:  your breath smells offensively of wine. ~Molière, George Dandin; or, The Abashed Husband, 1668, translated by Henri Van Laun

The tobacco user is disgusting, and loads his breath with pestilential odors. ~Dr. J. Taft, 14th Annual Meeting of the Ohio State Dental Society at Columbus, Ohio, 1879

A doctor whose breath smells has no right to medical opinion. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)

The dentist himself should have a perfectly sweet breath; a bad one ought to be enough to debar him from practicing. ~Dr. J. Taft, 14th Annual Meeting of the Ohio State Dental Society at Columbus, Ohio, 1879

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