“We were not allowed to leave the table until every morsel was finished, and I used to sit through half a dark winter afternoon staring at the cold carrots on my plate, until, during one short snowy period, I found that I could throw them out of the back window if I raised it very quickly.”
Mary McCarthy, 'Memories of a Catholic Girlhood' (1957)
"I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number you get in a diamond."
"Only in dreams are carrots as big as bears."
"Large, naked, raw carrots are acceptable as food only to those who live in hutches eagerly awaiting Easter."
"There was an Old Person in gray,
Whose feelings were tinged with dismay;
She purchased two parrots,
and fed them with carrots,
Which pleased that Old Person in gray."
Edward Lear, English artist, writer; known for his 'literary nonsense' & limericks (1812-1888)
“Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.”
Jim Davis, 'Garfield'
“I'm not sure ginseng is any better for you or me than a carrot, but just in case the Chinese are right, I grow it in my garden. I stick a root in a jug of gin and call it Old Duke's Gin and Ginseng.”
James Duke, USDA botanist, as quoted in ‘The Wall Street Journal’
“But some of us are beginning to pull well away, in our irritation, from...the exquisite tasters, the vintage snobs, the three-star Michelin gourmets. There is, we feel, a decent area somewhere between boiled carrots and Beluga caviare, sour plonk and Chateau Lafitte, where we can take care of our gullets and bellies without worshipping them.”
J.B. Priestley (1894-1984)
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