“Did you know that squirrels are the devil's oven mitts?”
“O thou invisible spirit of wine, if thou has no name to be known by, let us call thee devil....O God, that men should put an enemy in their mouths to steal away their brains! that we should, with joy, pleasance revel and applause, transform ourselves into beasts!”
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) 'Othello'
“The waste of many good materials, the vexation that frequently attends such mismanagements, and the curses not unfrequently bestowed on cooks with the usual reflection, that whereas God sends good meat, the devil sends cooks.”
E. Smith, 'The Compleat Housewife'
“Drink is in itself a good creature of God, and to be received with thankfulness, but the abuse of drink is from Satan, the wine is from God, but the Drunkard is from the Devil.”
Increase Mather (1639-1723)
Boston minister and educator.
“Give them great meals of beef and iron and steel, they will eat like wolves and fight like devils.”
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) ‘King Henry V’
“Heaven sends us good meat, but the devil sends us cooks.”
David Garrick (1717-1779)
'Epigram on Goldsmith's Retaliation'
“parsley seeds must go to the devil and back nine times before sprouting.” (because it may take several weeks for the seeds to sprout).
“Good coffee should be black like the devil, hot like hell, and sweet like a kiss.”
“A cup of coffee - real coffee - home-browned, home-ground, home-made, that comes to you dark as a hazel-eye, but changes to a golden bronze as you temper it with cream that never cheated, but was real cream from its birth, thick, tenderly yellow, perfectly sweet, neither lumpy nor frothing on the Java: such a coffee is a match for twenty blue devils, and will exorcise them all.”
Henry Ward Beecher, ‘Eyes and Ears’
“The devil has put a penalty on all things we enjoy in life. Either we suffer in health or we suffer in soul or we get fat”
“The English will agree with me that there are plenty of good things for the table in America; but the old proverb says: 'God sends meat and the devil sends cooks.'”
Captain Frederick Marryat, ‘Diary in America’ (1837)
On the perfect cup of coffee: "Black as the devil, hot as hell, pure as an angel, sweet as love."
Charles Maurice de Talleyrand (1754-1838)
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