“Dealing with network executives is like being nibbled to death by ducks.”
Eric Sevareid, journalist. (1912-1992)
"It is to be regretted that domestication has seriously deteriorated the moral character of the duck. In a wild state, he is a faithful husband.....but no sooner is he domesticated than he becomes polygamous, and makes nothing of owning ten or a dozen wives at a time."
“Duck-bill, n. Your account at your restaurant during the canvas-back season.”
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)
'The Devil's Dictionary' (1911)
"There was an Old Person of Bray,
Who sang through the whole of the day
To his ducks and his pigs,
whom he fed upon figs,
That valuable Person of Bray."
Edward Lear, English artist, writer; known for his 'literary nonsense' & limericks (1812-1888)
“You ought to have seen Frédéric with his monocle, his greying whiskers, his calm demeanour, carving his plump quack-quack, trussed and already flamed, throwing it into the pan, preparing the sauce, salting and peppering like Claude Monet's paintings, with the seriousness of a judge and the precision of a mathematician, and opening up, with a sure hand, in advance, every perspective of taste.”
Leon Daudet describing Frederic of La Tour d'Argent restaurant preparing a pressed duck
“A cook she certainly was, in the very bone and centre of her soul. Not a....duck in the barn-yard but looked grave when they saw her approaching, and seemed evidently to be reflecting on their latter end; and certain it was that she was always meditating on trussing, stuffing and roasting, to a degree that was calculated to inspire terror in any reflecting fowl living.”
A description of Aunt Chloe in 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' by Harriet Beecher Stowe (1852)
“What is sauce for the goose may be sauce for the gander, but it is not necessarily sauce for the chicken, the duck, the turkey or the Guinea hen.”
Alice B. Toklas
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