“There are many things that are unbelievable. Especially before breakfast, is it not? That is what one of your classics says. Six impossible things before breakfast.”
Hercule Poirot in 'The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding' by Agatha Christie (1925)
“The walk downstairs to the breakfast table is excercise enough for any gentleman.”
Chauncey Mitchell Depew (1834-1928)
“He smiled rather too much. He smiled at breakfast, you know.”
Charles Wheeler, British journalist.(1923-2008)
“Once a woman has forgiven her man, she must not reheat his sins for breakfast.”
Marlene Dietrich, actress, singer. (1901-1992)
“She lifted her hands from her eyes - her face was wet with tears and her eyes were haggard - and said....'I cannot any longer endure being served breakfast in bed by a hairy man in his underwear.'”
John Cheever, 'The Chimera' (1951)
“The critical period in matrimony is breakfast time.”
Sir Alan Patrick Herbert, English journalist and writer. (1890-1971)
“breakfast - which I didn't mind skipping; if the eggs had been any runnier and the bacon a little less fatty, I could have raced them against each other around my plate....”
Jules Truffaut in 'Galaxy Blues' by Allen M. Steele (2008)
“Queequeg sat there among them....His greatest admirer could not have cordially justified his bringing his harpoon into breakfast....he eschewed coffee and hot rolls, and applied his undivided attention to beefsteaks, done rare.”
Herman Melville, ‘Moby Dick’ (1851)
“It takes some skill to spoil a breakfast - even the English can't do it.”
John Kenneth Galbraith, 'Quotable Feast' by Sarah E. Parvis (2001)
“I didn’t forget your breakfast. I didn’t bring your breakfast. Because you didn’t eat your din-din.”
Bette Davis, American actress (1908-1989)
'Whatever Happened to Baby Jane'
Mecaenas: “Eight wild-boars roasted whole at a breakfast, and but twelve persons there; is this true?”
Enobarbus: “This was but as a fly by an eagle: we had much more monstrous matter of feast, which worthily deserved noting.”
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) 'Antony and Cleopatra'
"Our breakfast was admirable, excellent coffee with delicious cream, and that capital, national dish of South Carolina, snow-white homminy brought hot to table like maccaroni, which ought always to be eaten, with lumps of sweet fresh butter buried in it! This is certainly one of the best things imaginable to begin the day liberally with."
G.W. Featherstonhaugh, an Englishman traveling in the South (1837)
(A little bit of trivia within trivia: Featherstonhaugh is a rare name, and it is pronounced 'Fanshaw'!!! G.W. married the daughter of a former New York City mayor in 1808, was the first U.S. government geologist, and ended up in 1844 as the British consul in Le Havre, France.)
"To eat well in England you should have breakfast three times a day."
W. Somerset Maugham
"My wife and I tried to breakfast together, but we had to stop or our marriage would have been wrecked."
"All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast."
“Rather go to bed supperless, than run in debt for a Breakfast.”
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) ‘Poor Richard's Almanac’
“To a foreigner a Yankee is an American. To an American a Yankee is a Northerner. To a Northerner a Yankee is a New Englander. To a New Englander a Yankee is a Vermonter. To a Vermonter a Yankee is a person who eats apple pie for breakfast.”
Michael Owen Jones ‘Journal of American Folklore’ (Spring 2007)
"A simple enough pleasure, surely, to have breakfast alone with one's husband, but how seldom married people in the midst of life achieve it."
Anne Spencer Morrow Lindbergh
"Oysters are the usual opening to a winter breakfast;;;;Indeed, they are almost indispensable."
Grimod de la Reyniere (1758-1838)
"Life, within doors, has few pleasanter prospects than a neatly arranged and well-provisioned breakfast table."
Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)
"Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast."
"I went to a restaurant that serves 'breakfast at any time'. So I ordered French Toast during the Renaissance."
"Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper."
Adelle Davis (1904-1974)
"Never work before breakfast; if you have to work before breakfast, eat your breakfast first."
Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw) (1818-1885)
"Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."
Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) (1832-1898)
"Who can begin conventional amiability the first thing in the morning? It is the hour of savage instincts and natural tendencies; it is the triumph of the Disagreeable and the Cross. I am convinced that the Muses and the Graces never thought of having breakfast anywhere but in bed."
Elizabeth Russell (Mary Annette Russell, Countess von Arnim) (1866-1941) English novelist
"'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 today?' said Piglet. Pooh nodded thoughtfully. 'It's the same thing,' he said."
A. A. Milne, 'The House at Pooh Corner'
"Life, within doors, has few pleasanter prospects than a neatly-arranged and well-provisioned breakfast-table. We come to it freshly, in the dewy youth of the day, and when our spiritual and sensual elements are in better accord than at a later period; so that the material delights of the morning meal are capable of being fully enjoyed, without any very grievous reproaches, whether gastric or conscientious, for yielding even a trifle overmuch to the animal department of our nature."
Nathaniel Hawthorne, ‘The House of the Seven Gables’ (1851)
“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 up just in time to smell coffee and bacon and eggs. And, again I cry, how rarely it happens! But when it does happen -- then what a moment, what a morning, what a delight!”
J. B. Priestley, British author (1894-1984)
“There is a vast difference between the savage and the civilised man, but it is never apparent to their wives until after breakfast.”
Helen Rowland (1876-1950) ‘A Guide to Men’
“I think breakfast so pleasant because no-one is conceited before one o'clock.”
Sydney Smith, English writer (1771-1845)
“I advertise all such as have plethorick and full bodies, especially living at rest, and which are of a phlegmatick temperamant, that they not only exchew the use of breakfasts, but also oftentimes content themselves with one meal a day.”
Tobias Venner (1577-1660)
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