“If you're afraid of butter, as many people are nowadays, just put in cream!”
“During the day-time, Violet chiefly occupied herself in putting salt-water into a churn, while her three brothers churned it violently, in the hope that it would turn into butter, which it seldom, if ever did....”
Edward Lear, English artist, writer; known for his 'literary nonsense' & limericks (1812-1888) ‘The Story of Four Little Children Who Went Round the World’
“Butter is the great staple article for breakfast & tea among all classes. The idea of restraining children from a liberal use of good fresh butter is exploded, & they almost live upon bread & butter in this city.”
John Pintard (1759-1844) writing from New York to his daughter in New Orleans.
"Eat butter first, and eat it last, and live till a hundred years be past."
Old Dutch proverb
Butter is "...the most delicate of foods among barbarous nations, and one which distinguishes the wealthy from the multitude at large."
"There was an Old Person of Prague,
Who was suddenly seized with the plague;
But they gave him some butter,
which caused him to mutter,
And cured that Old Person of Prague."
Edward Lear, English artist, writer; known for his 'literary nonsense' & limericks (1812-1888)
“Unbuttered toast is a substance half complete, and to be forced to eat it in that state is necessarily to feel deprived.”
John Thorne, 'Pot on the Fire' (2000)
“I don't even butter my bread. I consider that cooking.”
Katherine Cebrian, Artist, writer
"Honest bread is very well - it's the butter that makes the temptation."
Douglas Jerrold (1803-1857)
“I am in a very unsettled condition, as the oyster said when they poured melted butter all over his back.”
Edward Lear, 'literary nonsense' (1812-1888)
“Bread and butter, devoid of charm in the drawing room, is ambrosia eating under a tree.”
Elizabeth Russell (Mary Annette Russell, Countess von Arnim) (1866-1941) English novelist
“Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; and good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts.”
James Beard (1903-1985)
“My dear boy, when curds are churned, the finest part rises upward and turns into butter. So too, dear boy, when food is eaten the choice parts rise upward and become mind.”
(‘Choice Cuts’ by Mark Kurlansky, 2002)
“The coffee was boiling over a charcoal fire, and large slices of bread and butter were piled one upon the other like deals in a lumber yard.”
Charles Dickens (1812-1870)
“Never allow butter, soup or other food to remain on your whiskers. Use the napkin frequently.”
‘Hill's Manual of Social and Business Forms: Etiquette of the Table’ (1880)
“Bread, milk and butter are of venerable antiquity. They taste of the morning of the world.”
Leigh Hunt (1784-1859), 'The Seer'
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