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Quotations about Sandwiches

Welcome to my page of sandwich quotes. ¡Viva el pan & bon appétit! –ღTerri

He'd never in his life been so hungry and tired. What wouldn't he give for a simple mug of tea and a humble fried egg sandwich? ~Jacqueline Kelly, Return to the Willows, 2012

I love sandwiches. Let's face it, life is better between two pieces of bread. ~Jeff Mauro, Sandwich King, 2012  [Food Network television show –tg]

I feel faint — Give me a ham sandwich!  ~Lewis Carroll, "The Lion and the Unicorn," Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, 1871  [the King –tg]

You can make any meal into a sandwich, and any sandwich into a meal. ~Jeff Mauro, Sandwich King, 2011  [Food Network television show –tg]

I made a sandwich out of things. I'm an American. We can eat anything as long as it's between two pieces of bread. ~Jim Butcher, Small Favor, 2008  [Dresden book 10. –tg]

If one slice of ham between two slices of bread is a ham sandwich, why is not one slice of bread between two slices of ham a bread sandwich? ~John Kendrick Bangs, The Idiot at Home, 1900

You know, it's always great to sit and have a great sandwich. Life is good when you have a good sandwich. ~Keanu Reeves, 2013, Reddit AMAA  [acronym: ask me almost anything –tg]

Too few people understand a really good sandwich. ~James Beard (1903–1985), unverified

The bread of joy and the ham of sorrow... do make up the sum of human existence. ~John Kendrick Bangs, The Idiot at Home, 1900

A man's social rank is determined by the amount of bread he eats in a sandwich. ~F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Broken Lute," The Beautiful and the Damned, 1921  [Maury –tg]

What is a sandwich anyhow? The dictionary says that a sandwich is something placed between two other things; hence, all things are sandwiches, because there is nothing in the world, the world being round, that is not between two other things. Therefore, all things being sandwiches, life is a sandwich, Q. E. D. ~John Kendrick Bangs, The Idiot at Home, 1900  [Quod erat demonstrandum. Latin mic drop. –tg]

I need not explain to this assembly, the ingredients and formation of the British Refreshment sangwich?... Take a fresh, crisp long crusty penny loaf made of the whitest and best flour. Cut it longwise through the middle. Insert a fair and nicely fitting slice of ham. Tie a smart piece of ribbon round the middle of the whole to bind it together. Add at one end a neat wrapper of clean white paper by which to hold it. ~Charles Dickens, "Main Line: The Boy at Mugby," Mugby Junction, 1866  [The extra Christmas number of Dickens' weekly journal All the Year Round. –tg]

My mother only ever said two things. She said, "I don't know, dear." And she said, "Can I get you a sandwich, honey?" ~Bill Bryson, The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America, 1989

As he sat there, his thoughts flew over the bridge of years, and he was wafted on the wings of memory to other and happier Yuletides... Ten hours passed rapidly thus…
*   *   *   *   *
      [AUTHOR. I put stars to denote the flight of years.
      EDITOR. Besides, it will give the reader time for a sandwich.]
~A. A. Milne, "The Making of a Short Christmas Story," 1907  [The section break of stars is called a dinkus, no joke. Its clustered cousin, ⁂ the asterisk pyramid, is an asterism. –tg]

SANDWICH  An unsuccessful attempt to make both ends meat. ~Charles Wayland Towne, The Foolish Dictionary, Executed by Gideon Wurdz, Master of Pholly, Doctor of Loquacious Lunacy, etc., 1904

We're going to be like those couples in Italian movies. We're going to have little porcelain plates with tiny ham and cheese sandwiches that don't fill you up but make you feel rich. ~Claws, "Self-Portrait," 2017, written by Leila Gerstein  [S1, E6, Gladys Coleman Pirette]

Parents burn out in big families. You can even see it in the naming of children. The first kid: "You were named after your grandfather." The sixth kid: "You were named after a sandwich I ate. I loved that sandwich. Now go get your brother, Reuben."  ~Jim Gaffigan, "Six Kids, Catholic," Dad Is Fat, 2013

NAMES.— The character of different æras may, to a certain extent, be discovered by the various ways in which our ambitious nobility, and others, have endeavoured to achieve an enduring celebrity. When chivalry was the rage, they gave their names to new inventions in arms and armour:— now-a-days, they court notoriety by standing godfathers to some new fashion in clothes and cookery... a Pembroke immortalises himself in a table;— a Sandwich embalms his name between two slices of bread and ham;— a Stanhope expects to be wheeled down to posterity, by harnessing his name to a gig of a peculiar construction... ~Horace Smith, The Tin Trumpet; or, Heads and Tales for the Wise and Waggish, 1836

A sandwich is a better argument with a hungry man than the finest syllogism in Locke... ~William Ellis, 1904

Trying to be happy by accumulating possessions is like trying to satisfy hunger by taping sandwiches all over my body. ~Roger J. Corless, The Vision of Buddhism, 1989

They had none of the usual English arrogance; they were simple honest hearts of that class of constant wanderers with which England covers the globe. The father was long and thin, with a red face framed in white whiskers, and looking like a living sandwich, a slice of ham cut in the shape of a head, placed between two wedges of hair. ~Guy de Maupassant (1850–1893), "The Wreck," The Odd Number: Thirteen Tales, translated by Jonathan Sturges, 1889

Life is a sandwich of the past and the future. It is a slice of the immediate between a slice of past and one of future. ~John Kendrick Bangs, The Idiot at Home, 1900  [a little altered –tg]

"Very good," said the old gentleman, raising his voice, "then bring in the bottled lightning, a clean tumbler, and a corkscrew." Nobody executing this order, the old gentleman, after a short pause, raised his voice again and demanded a thunder sandwich. This article not being forthcoming either, he requested to be served with a fricassee of boot-tops and gold-fish sauce, and then laughing heartily, gratified his hearers with a very long, very loud, and most melodious bellow. ~Charles Dickens, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, 1839

My children had whole-grain sandwiches laced with peanut butter so thick they couldn't talk for an hour after eating. ~Ethel Pochocki (1925–2010), “Still Acceptably Quaint, But Flirting With ‘Odd,’” 1996

Trapper John:  Is that all you ever think about, drinking?
Hawkeye:  I don't mind eating if it's possible to make a martini sandwich.
~M*A*S*H, "Bananas, Crackers and Nuts," 1972, written by Burt Styler  [S1, E7]

A hero ain't nothing but a sandwich. ~Tom Waits, on influences,

Between the pieces, we almost all of us went out and refreshed. Many of us went the length of drinking beer at the bar of the neighbouring public-house, some of us drank spirits, crowds of us had sandwiches and ginger-beer at the refreshment-bars established for us in the Theatre. The sandwich — as substantial as was consistent with portability, and as cheap as possible — we hailed as one of our greatest institutions. It forced its way among us at all stages of the entertainment, and we were always delighted to see it; its adaptability to the varying moods of our nature was surprising; we could never weep so comfortably as when our tears fell on our sandwich; we could never laugh so heartily as when we choked with sandwich; Virtue never looked so beautiful or Vice so deformed as when we paused, sandwich in hand, to consider what would come of that resolution of Wickedness in boots, to sever Innocence in flowered chintz from Honest Industry in striped stockings. When the curtain fell for the night, we still fell back upon sandwich, to help us through the rain and mire, and home to bed. ~Charles Dickens, "Two Views of a Cheap Theatre," The Uncommercial Traveller, 1860

For sex scenes, I just write about someone eating a sandwich and replace "ham & cheese hoagie" with "perfect breasts."  ~@Philip_Roth, tweet, 2011  [satire account –tg]

I have lately pick'd up an Epigram which pleased me—
      TWO noble Earls, whom, if I quote,
      Some folks might call me Sinner;
      The one invented half a coat;
      The other half a dinner.
      THE plan was good, as some will say
      And fitted to console one:
      Because, in this poor starving day,
      Few can afford a whole one.
~Charles Lamb, letter to Miss Sarah Hutchinson, 1825  [on the Earls of Spencer and Sandwich –tg]

I dined at the Cocoa Tree with Holt... That respectable body, of which I have the honour of being a member, affords every evening a sight truly English. Twenty or thirty, perhaps, of the first men in the kingdom in point of fashion and fortune, supping at little tables covered with a napkin, in the middle of a coffee-room, upon a bit of cold meat, or a sandwich, and drinking a glass of punch. ~Edward Gibbon, 1762

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