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Quotations about Fruits

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Fruit only angers my need for chocolate. ~Jason Love

Did you notice how her hair smells like fruit? Not the real fruit but the good kind, like in candy. ~The Middle, "The Core Group," 2016, written by Ilana Wernick  [S8, E1. Axl, to Frankie, about his girlfriend April –tg]

Why not go out on a limb? Isn’t that where the fruit is? ~Frank Scully

I loved to climb high in the trees, very tall,
      And to gather the beechnuts late in the Fall;
      To pick the ripe berries, so luscious and sweet,
      That grew in the meadows, right down at my feet.
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, "A Leaf from Memories' Book" (1940s)

To make an apple pie, you need wheat, apples, a pinch of this and that, and the heat of an oven. The ingredients are made of molecules, which in turn, are made of atoms. Except for hydrogen, the atoms are made in stars. A star is a kind of cosmic kitchen inside which atoms of hydrogen are cooked into heavier atoms. The hydrogen was made in the Big Bang, the explosion that began the Cosmos. If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe. ~Carl Sagan, Cosmos, 1980  [a little altered —tg]

Any fool can count the seeds in an apple. Only God can count all the apples in one seed. ~Robert H. Schuller (1926–2015)

Most people who eat them are agreed that there is more in the grapefruit than meets the eye. ~Punch, 1934

Apples have other virtues than those that nourish merely. They refresh the spirits by their taste and perfume... A dish of the choice kinds standing in one's study shall perfume his composition and rejoice his temper whensoever he tastes them. ~Amos Bronson Alcott (1799–1888)

Keep as near as ever you can to the first sources of supply — fruits and vegetables. ~Benjamin Ward Richardson (1828–1896)

Always eat grapes downwards — that is, always eat the best grape first; in this way there will be none better left on the bunch, and each grape will seem good down to the last. If you eat the other way, you will not have a good grape in the lot... ~Samuel Butler

There is something in the flavor and aroma of the fresh strawberry that no amount of skill has been able to preserve. ~E. F. White, "Spring Soda Fountain Thoughts," 1908

Garfield: My inner beast desires a snack!
Jon: How about a nice, frothy fruit smoothie?
Garfield: Inner beasts don't do frothy and fruity.
~Jim Davis, Garfield, 2006

Lemon juice is good for everything. ~Ethel Pochocki (1925–2010), "Chester's Rare Affliction," The Attic Mice, 1990

In every orchard Autumn stands,
With apples in his golden hands.
~Alexander Smith

Oh, you may have the wild rose
As gentle as a maiden's dream;
I'll take a fairer bloom that blows—
The wild strawberry (with cream)!...
~Gerald Raftery (1905–1986), "Nature Lover," 1941

Give me juicy autumnal fruit, ripe and red from the orchard... ~Walt Whitman

Strawberries are the angels of the earth — innocent and sweet with green leafy wings reaching heavenward. ~Terri Guillemets, "Lunch from the sun," 1992

And, of course, the funniest food: kumquats. I don't even bring them home anymore. I sit there laughing and they go to waste. ~George Carlin, "Fussy Eater (Part 1)," A Place for My Stuff, 1981

Apple-tree, apple-tree, crowned with delight,
Give me your fruit for a pie if you will;—
Crusty I'll make it, and juicy and light!—
Give me your treasure to mate with my skill!
~Louise Bennett Weaver and Helen Cowles LeCron, "September," A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband with Bettina's Best Recipes, 1917

The blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice. ~African-American proverb

That a slender wooden tree twig can give birth to luscious pears, apples, peaches remains an extraordinary feat. ~Dr. SunWolf,, tweet, 2012

Buy me no meat, but mellow
Apricots, melons yellow,
Cream, and strawberries.
These have the sweetest savor
Eaten in forest cave, or
Lying by brooks that rave or
Streamlet that singing tarries.
~Pierre de Ronsard (1524–1585), "Summer's Revel," translated by Curtis Hidden Page, 1903

Dark red cherries
in a ripe
Bowl of Summer
~Terri Guillemets

A fruit is a vegetable with looks and money. Plus, if you let fruit rot, it turns into wine, something Brussels sprouts never do. ~P. J. O'Rourke, The Bachelor Home Companion, 1987

What is that fruit, so round and sweet,
So nice to smell, so good to eat,
Which gives the children such a treat?
      An Orange!
~Anonymous, "The Orange," 1800s, in imitation of Ann Taylor's "My Mother"

PRUNE  A plum that has seen better days. ~Charles Wayland Towne, The Foolish Dictionary, Executed by Gideon Wurdz, Master of Pholly, Doctor of Loquacious Lunacy, etc., 1904

I don't think it's possible to eat strawberries without feeling a little bit sensual. ~Keith Wynn, @moon_descending, tweet, 2020

This special feeling towards fruit, its glory and abundance, is I would say universal... We respond to strawberry fields or cherry orchards with a delight that a cabbage patch or even an elegant vegetable garden cannot provoke. ~Jane Grigson, 1981

Ripe grapes with purpling lustre shine
Where graceful droops the clinging vine.
~Phebe A. Holder, "A Song of October," in The Queries Magazine, October 1890

The market is full of delights in July:
Fresh vegetables, berries, red cherries for pie!
~Louise Bennett Weaver and Helen Cowles LeCron, "July," A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband with Bettina's Best Recipes, 1917

Shedding late-summer tears for the end of cherry season. Patiently and hopefully waiting for pumpkin pie season. ~Terri Guillemets, "Seasonal emotions," 2011

Mon ami, an apple is an excellent thing — until you have tried a peach! ~George du Maurier, Trilby, 1894

PEACHES AND CREAM will convert any man on the face of the earth... ~Josh Billings, revised by H. Montague

If junk food is the devil, then a sweet orange is as scripture. ~Terri Guillemets, "Art of nutrition," 1993

A Frenchman once said that there is only fifteen minutes in the life of a pear when it is worth eating. ~Harry Bowling, "Pears and Acorns," 1913

He reckoned that there was only a quarter of an hour in the life of a pear when it is just right to eat. Before that it isn't ripe enough, and after that it is beginning to go sleepy. ~Gardeners' Chronicle and Horticulture Trade Journal, 1984

CIDER may be a good temperance beverage, but I have seen folks so drunk on it that they couldn't tell one of the 10 commandments from a by-law of a base-ball club. ~Josh Billings, revised by H. Montague

      The fruiterers' shops were radiant in their glory. There were great, round, pot-bellied baskets of chestnuts, shaped like the waistcoats of jolly old gentlemen, lolling at the doors, and tumbling out into the street in their apoplectic opulence. There were pears and apples clustered high in blooming pyramids; there were bunches of grapes, made, in the shopkeepers' benevolence, to dangle from conspicuous hooks that people's mouths might water gratis as they passed; there were piles of filberts, mossy and brown, recalling, in their fragrance, ancient walks among the woods, and pleasant shufflings ankle deep through withered leaves; there were Norfolk Biffins, squab and swarthy, setting off the yellow of the oranges and lemons, and, in the great compactness of their juicy persons, urgently entreating and beseeching to be carried home in paper bags and eaten after dinner.
      The Grocers'! oh, the Grocers'! The blended scents of tea and coffee were so grateful to the nose, the raisins so plentiful and rare, the almonds so extremely white, the sticks of cinnamon so long and straight, the other spices so delicious, the candied fruits so caked and spotted with molten sugar as to make the coldest lookers-on feel faint. The figs were moist and pulpy; the French plums blushed in their modest tartness from their highly-decorated boxes. ~Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol, 1843  [a little altered —tg]

Right glad am I when Christmas comes,
With puddings, mince-pies, tarts, and buns,
And, best of all, thy golden suns,
      Round Orange!
~Anonymous, "The Orange," 1800s, in imitation of Ann Taylor's "My Mother"

Later that same night, alone again, I cried and decided to drown my sorrows in an Orange Julius. ~Woody Allen, "How Bogart made me the superb lover I am today," in LIFE, 1969

Banana Rule: The rule that states while someone is eating a banana, no one can make eye contact with that person. ~Doub J,, entry at, 2008

a sweet ripe
bowl that tastes
of summer —
~Terri Guillemets, "Cantaloupe," 1992

One cantaloupe is ripe and lush,
Another's green, another's mush.
I'd buy a lot more cantaloupe
If I possessed a fluoroscope.
~Ogden Nash (1902–1971), "The Cantaloupe"

An identity long ago observed, or, I may say, never not observed, as if the gardener among his vines is in the presence of his ancestors, or shall I say, the orchardist is a pear raised to the highest power. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Vegetables are food of the earth, but fruits taste of the heavens. ~Terri Guillemets, "And the juice runneth," 1993

Most compilers of anthologies of poetry or of epigrams are like people eating cherries or oysters:  they start by picking out the best and end up eating the lot. ~Sébastien-Roch Nicolas Chamfort (c.1740–1794), translated by Douglas Parmée

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