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Quotations about Breakfast

"When you wake up in the morning, Pooh," said Piglet at last, "what's the first thing you say to yourself?"
"What's for breakfast?" said Pooh. "What do you say, Piglet?"
"I say, I wonder what's going to happen exciting to-day?" said Piglet.
Pooh nodded thoughtfully.
"It's the same thing," he said.
~A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh, 1926

Life, within doors, has few pleasanter prospects than a neatly-arranged and well-provisioned breakfast-table. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, The House of the Seven Gables: A Romance, 1851

Then came the inexorable demands of breakfast, with which no one who has been up since four o'clock will decline to comply. ~Olive Thorne Miller, A Bird-Lover in the West, 1894

Begin your day with a good breakfast and some positive fuel for your mind and you will be unstoppable. ~Mike Dolan, @HawaiianLife, tweet, 2009

All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast. ~John Gunther, 1959

I'm fluent in French toast. ~Keith Wynn, tweet, 2017

I was tempted to spend the next three hours in lotus, chanting my beads. But I have a deep conviction that one should not attend even the End of the World without a good breakfast… ~Robert A. Heinlein, Friday, 1982

Come, come! Let us go to breakfast. The morning air has given me a rude appetite. I long to say grace over a fresh egg... ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "The Evening and the Morning Star," Hyperion, A Romance, 1839

If your business compels you to go out before breakfast, have some breakfast first. ~“Rules for the Preservation of Health,” The London Journal, 1864  [Also attributed to Josh Billings in 1871 by Every Saturday journal: "Never do any work before breakfast. If it is necessary to work before breakfast, have your breakfast first." —tg]

Breakfast was savory perfection, as always. Frank was a master in the morning kitchen; his forte was timing. The kielbasa got to the table hot off the stove top, skillet biscuits were soft and butterable, the coffeepot was eight cups deep (an old Mr. Coffee), and the eggs were never dry, so the yolks were fluid gold. ~Tom Hanks, "Welcome to Mars," Uncommon Type: Some Stories, 2017

His stomach was shaking hands with his backbone and he could smell sausage and pancakes. ~Frances Frost, Fireworks for Windy Foot, 1956

I hurried breakfast, crowded meat, potatoes, eggs, coffee tandem down into the chemical room of my body. I've now got dyspepsia in that diabolical thing that Carlyle calls the stomach. Rushed and caught train. Bought a New York World at Elizabeth for my mental breakfast. ~Thomas Edison, diary, 1885

Breakfast:  Some sun, a chocolate chip pancake, and bacon thunderstorm in spots. ~Food & Weather, @Chew_n_Swallow, tweet, 2010

I went to a place to eat, it said "breakfast anytime." So I ordered French toast during the Renaissance. ~Steven Wright, A Steven Wright Special, 1985,

There sounds the horn! Breakfast is ready. A most useful and salutary custom is that of breakfast. One may work with the hands before breakfast, but not much with the head. The machine must be wound up. ~Henry Ward Beecher, "Haying"

...fry me an optimist for breakfast. ~Mark Twain

One key to success is to have lunch at the time of day most people have breakfast. ~Robert Brault,

To whoever invented fantasy, redwood trees, and apple pie for breakfast:  well done. ~Dr. SunWolf, @WordWhispers, tweet, 2010,

The darkest hour is always just before breakfast. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor

With good bread and good coffee, a square inch of choice butter makes a breakfast. ~Maud C. Cooke, Breakfast, Dinner and Supper, 1897

Make waffles, not war. ~Keith Wynn, tweet, 2017

Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. ~Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, 1871

Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper. ~Francis Bacon (1561–1626)

I don't think I've ever drunk champagne before breakfast before. With breakfast on several occasions, but never before before. ~Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1961, screenplay by George Axelrod, based on the novella by Truman Capote  [Paul Varjak —tg]

I never drank anything stronger than gin before breakfast. ~W. C. Fields

You can't drink all day if you don't start in the morning. ~Founders Brewing Co. Breakfast Stout

Breakfast:  Mostly sunny and pleasant with small clouds of pumpkin pancakes, scrambled eggs, and yogurt. ~Food & Weather, @Chew_n_Swallow, tweet, 2010

That morning Seth and Min and Tom sat in consultation over their buttermilk and pancakes at the breakfast table. Min asked Tom a question, and he buttermilked a minute then answered. Seth stopped pancaking and earlifted. "Is that so?" he exuded. Tom headnodded silent. ~Stephen Leacock, "Romances of Business," The Garden of Folly, 1924  [a little altered —tg]

The girl born in July will have poetry for breakfast, and spend the rest of the day on zephyrs and chocolate caramels. ~Josh Billings, "Horoskope for July," Farmer's Allminax for the Year of Our Lord 1872  [spelling standardized —tg]

My morning choices are having a good tussle. Procrastination was winning, but Make Your Bed & Good Breakfast just kicked his butt. ~Betsy Cañas Garmon, @wildthyme, tweet, 2009,

There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace. To avoid the first danger, one should plant a garden, preferably where there is no grocer to confuse the issue. ~Aldo Leopold, "February: Good Oak," A Sand County Almanac, 1949

There are certain things in this world that seem to go together, just as natural as if they were born for each other, and HAM and EGGS are two of them. Although they come from different localities, they must be twins, for they are so often seen together. ~Josh Billings, revised by H. Montague

We plan, we toil, we suffer — in the hope of what? A camel-load of idol's eyes? The title deeds of Radio City? The empire of Asia? A trip to the moon? No, no, no, no. Simply to wake just in time to smell coffee and bacon and eggs. ~J.B. Priestley

Two velvety peaches from the garden. Hot coffee, crisp bacon, and an omelette — neither too wet nor too dry, with a crisp curl at the edges and coloured golden. Toast and marmalade, butter and honey. ~May Sinclair, A Cure of Souls, 1924  [a little altered —tg]

Ate food for breakfast. ~Thomas Edison, diary, 1885

Our breakfast consisted of what the Squire denominated true old English fare. He indulged in some bitter lamentations over modern breakfasts of tea and toast, which he censured as among the causes of modern effeminacy and weak nerves, and the decline of old English heartiness; and though he admitted them to his table to suit the palates of his guests, yet there was a brave display of cold meats, wine, and ale, on the sideboard. ~Washington Irving, "Christmas Day," The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., Vol. II, 1820

In the Virginia of the olden time no breakfast or tea-table was thought to be properly furnished without a plate of beaten biscuits... Let one spend the night at some gentleman-farmer's home, and the first sound heard in the morning, after the crowing of the cock, was the heavy, regular fall of the cook's axe, as she beat and beat her biscuit dough... Nowadays these biscuits are a rarity, found here and there, but soda and modern institutions have caused them to be sadly out of vogue. ~Virginia Cookery Book, compiled by Mary Stuart Smith, 1885

The breakfast slimes, angel food cake, doughnuts and coffee, white bread and gravy cannot build an enduring nation. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)

Oh, my sainted aunt!... Do you know what breakfast cereal is made of? It's made of all those little curly wooden shavings you find in pencil sharpeners! ~Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, 1964

Some breakfast food manufacturer hit upon the simple notion of emptying out the leavings of carthorse nosebags, adding a few other things like unconsumed portions of chicken layer's mash, and the sweepings of racing stables, packing the mixture in little bags and selling them in health food shops. ~Frank Muir, Upon My Word!, 1974

The reason it's called "Grape Nuts" is that it contains dextrose, which is also sometimes called "grape sugar," and also because "Grape Nuts" is catchier, in terms of marketing, than "A Cross Between Gerbil Food and Gravel," which is what it tastes like. ~Dave Barry, "Between You and I, Who Really Needs To Know Grammar?," 1986,  [Actually, Grape Nuts is quite delicious, if you limit yourself to a very small bowl, add a teaspoon of sugar on top, cover it with cold milk or alternative "milk," and let it sit and soften for 5–10 minutes! It's a good dessert, IMHO. —tg]

There is more simplicity in the man who eats caviar on impulse then in the man who eats grape-nuts on principle. ~Gilbert K. Chesterton, "On Sandals and Simplicity," Heretics, 1905

All that glitters is sold as gold,
And our daily diet grows odder and odder,
And breakfast foods are dusty and cold...
~Ogden Nash (1902–1971), "Look What You Did, Christopher!"

Breakfast cereals that come in the same colors as polyester leisure suits make oversleeping a virtue. ~Fran Lebowitz

My only advice to those addicted to the prepared and patent breakfast foods and to the 'mush-and-milk' breakfast habit is, by all means take your ante-mortem cereal, germicide, near-food, or whatnot, at breakfast — but be sure and eat your breakfast first. A morning diet of sausage or bacon, eggs, buckwheat cakes with maple-syrup, and strong coffee has carried the white man half round the world. Ex nihilo, nihil fit. You can't get something out of nothing, and the patent foods which stare at us from every magazine — "Gripe Nits," "Shredded Doormats," "Eata-heapa-hay," and the whole brood — are all failures, because they won't support life. Most are made to sell rather than to eat. ~Woods Hutchinson, M.D., "Some Diet Delusions," Instinct and Health, 1906  [a little altered —tg]

A good breakfast furnishes both cheer and strength for daily tasks... Fresh fruits, grains, and articles made from them offer the requisites for the ideal breakfast. ~Ella Ervilla Kellogg, "Science in the Household: Breakfast Dishes," in J. H. Kellogg's Good Health, 1892  [E. E. and her husband John Harvey Kellogg — yes, the famous breakfast cereal guy — argued against Woods Hutchinson's meaty high-protein diet and he against their vegetarian, low-protein diets. Mr Kellogg called Hutchinson "a beef drunkard and propagandist" profoundly intoxicated with chops and bouillon, seafood, and other "brain fuddlers." —tg]

Rise at day-break, rapidly wash the whole body in cold water, rub dry with coarse towels, and use a flesh-brush to put the skin in a red glow all over. Open the window and door so that the room may become filled with good fresh air — for the play of the respiratory organs will be increased, and good air tells best. Take a half-hour's brisk walk, or dumb-bells, or some gymnastic exercises, in the open air. Take breakfast of fresh rare lean meat, a chunk of bread, and afterwards a cup of tea. ~Mose Velsor (Walt Whitman), "Manly Health and Training," in New York Atlas, 1858  [A little altered. Thanks, Zachary Turpin, for the great find! –tg]

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published 2009 Jun 1
revised Aug 2017, Apr 2020
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