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Cake: Quotes about Cake

"No where is the stomach of the traveller or visitor put in such constant peril as among the cake - inventive housewives and daughters of New England. Such is the universal attention paid to this particular branch of epicurism in these states, that I greatly suspect that some of the Pilgrim Fathers must have come over to the country with the Cookery book under one arm and the Bible under the other."
Charles Joseph Latrobe (1836)

“Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?”
William Shakespeare

"There was an Old Person of Rheims,
Who was troubled with horrible dreams;
So, to keep him awake,
     they fed him with cake,
Which amused that Old Person of Rheims."

Edward Lear, English artist, writer; known for his 'literary nonsense' & limericks  (1812-1888)

“He that will have a cake out of the wheat must tarry the grinding.
Have I not tarried?
Ay, the grinding; but you must tarry the bolting.
Have I not tarried?
Ay, the bolting; but you must tarry the leavening.
Still have I tarried.
Ay, to the leavening; but here's yet in the word 'hereafter' the kneading, the making of the cake, the heating of the oven, and the baking; nay, you must stay the cooling too, or you may chance to burn your lips.”

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
‘History of Troilus and Cressida’


Bourbon does for me what the piece of cake did for Proust.”
Walker Percy (1916-1990)

On fruitcake:
"A geological homemade cake."
Charles Dickens, ‘Martin Chuzzlewit’

“Eating rice cakes is like chewing on a foam coffee cup, only less filling.”
Dave Barry, Miami Herald Columnist

    "There was an Old Man of Carlisle,
    Who was left in a desolate isle;
    Where he fed upon cakes,
         and lived wholly with snakes,
    Who danced with that Man of Carlisle."

    Edward Lear, English artist, writer; known for his 'literary nonsense' & limericks  (1812-1888)

“I remember his burlesque pretense that morning of an inextinguishable grief when I wonder that I had never eaten blueberry cake before, and how he kept returning to the pathos of the fact that there should be a region of the earth where blueberry cake was unknown.”
William Dean Howells (1894)

Captain talks to his crew:   “I'm Frank Thompson, all the way from 'down east.' I've been through the mill, ground, and bolted, and come out a regular-built down-east johnny-cake, when it's hot, damned good; but when it's cold, damned sour and indigestible; --and you'll find me so.”
Richard Henry Dana
‘Two Years Before The Mast’ (1840)


Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.”
Jim Davis, 'Garfield'


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