The Quote Garden ™
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Quotations about Breads,
Grains, Potatoes, & Starchy Foods
NOTE: Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors. —ღ Terri, March 2021
I do like a little bit of butter to my bread! ~A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young, 1924
Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts! ~James Beard
The bread is sweet; mamma's hands filled it with love when she made it; the cheese is fresh, and the tea is warm. ~Jay Benson Hamilton, "How Santa Claus Made One Dollar Hold Out," 1891
I'd rather have bread and cheese with my darlings than roast turkey, cranberry sauce, and mince-pie all alone. ~Jay Benson Hamilton, "How Santa Claus Made One Dollar Hold Out," 1891
Rice is born in water and must die in wine. ~Italian Proverb
Those who forget the pasta are condemned to reheat it. ~Author Unknown
If you ate pasta and antipasto, would you still be hungry? ~Author Unknown
The bagel, an unsweetened doughnut with rigor mortis... ~Beatrice and Ira Freeman, 1960
A bagel is a doughnut with the sin removed. ~George Rosenbaum, as quoted by Molly O'Neill, "Bagels Are Now Fast Food, And Purists Do a Slow Boil," in The New York Times, 1993
In they drop with a click, clack, click,
Kernels so hard and yellow;
Round they whirl with a hop, skip, hop,
Each little dancing fellow.
Up they leap with a snap! crack! snap!
Tossing so light and airy;
Out they pour with a soft, swift rush,
Snowballs fit for a fairy!
~Sophia T. Newman, "Popcorn Song," in Good Housekeeping, February 1905
Proust had his madeleines; I am devastated by the scent of yeast bread rising. ~Bert Greene
Life is a combination of magic and pasta. ~Federico Fellini
There is nothing better on a cold wintry day than a properly made pot pie. ~Craig Claiborne
Bread is the warmest, kindest of words. Write it always with a capital letter, like your own name. ~Author unknown
I never had a piece of toast
Particularly long and wide,
But fell upon the sanded floor,
And always on the buttered side.
Now, why is diagonal cutting better than cutting straight across? Because the corner of a triangularly cut slice gives you an ideal first bite. With rectangularly cut toast, you have to angle the shape into your mouth, as if you were angling a big dresser through a hall doorway: you have to catch one corner of your mouth with one corner of the toast and then slightly and carefully turn the toast, drawing the mouth open with it so that the far corner of the toast can clear; only then do you chomp down. Also, with the diagonal slice, most of the tapered bite is situated right up near the front of your mouth, where you want it to be as you begin to chew. With the rectangular slice, a cumbersome fraction is riding out of control, high on the dome of the tongue. ~Nicholson Baker, "Pants on Fire," 1986
All sorrows are less with bread. ~Miguel de Cervantes
In pizza we crust. ~Internet meme
What I say is that, if a fellow really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow. ~A.A. Milne (1882–1956), "Lunch," Not That It Matters
Half a loaf is better than vegetables. ~Student at Brookside School, Long Island, 1966, completing the first part of the proverb as given by Candid Camera, CBS
With good bread and good coffee, a square inch of choice butter makes a breakfast. ~Maud C. Cooke, Breakfast, Dinner and Supper, 1897
No man is lonely eating spaghetti; it requires so much attention. ~Christopher Morley
SPAGHETTI From Lat. spadix, branch, or fork, and gestamen, burden. A burden for the fork. ~Charles Wayland Towne, The Foolish Dictionary, Executed by Gideon Wurdz, Master of Pholly, Doctor of Loquacious Lunacy, etc., 1904
Uncle Roger is the Shakespeare of rice:
Shall I compare thee to an egg fry rice?
Thou art more lovely and more nice.
~Nigel Ng ("Uncle Roger"), 2020, @mrnigelng, nigelngcomedy.com
[Breadbaking is] one of those almost hypnotic businesses, like a dance from some ancient ceremony. It leaves you filled with one of the world's sweetest smells... there is no chiropractic treatment, no Yoga exercise, no hour of meditation in a music-throbbing chapel, that will leave you emptier of bad thoughts than this homely ceremony of making bread. ~M.F.K. Fisher, The Art of Eating
Bread deals with living things, with giving life, with growth, with the seed, the grain that nurtures. It is not coincidence that we say bread is the staff of life. ~Lionel Poilane
Bread and butter, devoid of charm in the drawing-room, is ambrosia eating under a tree. ~Elizabeth Russell
No more turkey, but I'd like some more of the bread it ate. ~"Dennis the Menace" (Hank Ketcham)
I love you with every pizza my heart. ~Internet meme
The Sun is Low, to Say the Least,
Although it is Well-Red;
Yet, Since it Rises in the Yeast,
It Should be Better Bred!
Pizza is not just a perfect blend of ingredients but of nostalgia, which can be the richest flavor of all. ~Mike Birbiglia, The New One: Painfully True Stories from a Reluctant Dad, 2020
Beyond the perfection of the food item itself, pizza is a Band-Aid for so many problems:
I forgot to make dinner! Order a pizza.
I'm lonely. Order a pizza.
I have no utensils. Order a pizza.
~Mike Birbiglia, The New One: Painfully True Stories from a Reluctant Dad, 2020
The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you're hungry again. ~George Miller
"While I've no gold," he whispered,
"Love's riches shall be thine,
Though we, in a modest cottage,
On bread and water dine."
"With love's warm flame to serve us,
At slight expense," said she,
"We can make of bread and water
Sweet feasts of toast and tea."
~The Tattler in Town Topics, reprinted in The Philadelphia Inquirer, 1903 April 20th
Bread and water can so easily be toast and tea. ~Maela Moore, Celestial Seasonings mug, 1990s
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