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Egg Food Quotes

“An egg is a chemical process, but it is not a mere chemical process. It is one that is going places—even when, in our world of chance and contingency, it ends up in an omelet and not in a chicken. Though it surely be a chemical process, we cannot understand it adequately without knowing the kind of chicken it has the power to become.”
Sir John Randall (1906-1984) British biophysicist.

“Eggs shouldn't dance wtih stones.”
Charlie Chan  (Earl Derr Biggers)

“Always harder to keep murder secret than for egg to bounce on sidewalk.”
Charlie Chan (Warner Oland)

“I'm frightened of eggs, worse than frightened, they revolt me.”
Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980)

“It is computed that eleven thousand persons have at several times suffered death rather than submit to break their eggs at the smaller end.”
Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

“Put all your eggs in one basket and then Watch That Basket!”
Andrew Carnegie, American industrialist. (1835-1919)

“Thy head is as full of quarrels as an egg is full of meat, and yet thy head hath been beaten as addle as an egg for quarrelling.”
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) 'Romeo and Juliet'

“Learn from hen: never boast about egg until after eggs birthday.”

Charlie Chan (Warner Oland)


“Eggs have two advantages over all other foods. First, they are procurable nearly everywhere; second, the most dainty person is sure when eating eggs that they have not been handled.”
A Book for A Cook’, The Pillsbury Co. (1905)

“Lawyers, Preachers, and Tomtits Eggs, there are more of them hatch'd than come to perfection.”
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) ‘Poor Richard's Almanac’

    "There was an Old Man of Thermopylae,
    Who never did anything properly;
    But they said, 'If you choose
         to boil eggs in your shoes,
    You shall never remain in Thermopylae.'"

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

“Oh, God above, if heaven has a taste it must be an egg with butter and salt, and after the egg is there anything in the world lovelier than fresh warm bread and a mug of sweet golden tea?”
Frank McCourt, 'Angela's Ashes’ (1996)

“An Egg to day is better than a Hen to-morrow.”
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) ‘Poor Richard's Almanac’

“This recipe is certainly silly. It says to separate the eggs, but it doesn't say how far to separate them.”
Gracie Allen

“Eggs taste best in the spring. Fresh eggs are given to young mothers to drink, and popular wisdom holds them to be good for newlyweds too.”
Pellegrino Artusi, ‘The Art of Eating Well’ (1891)

“I have had, in my time, memorable meals of scrambled eggs with fresh truffles, scrambled eggs with caviar and other glamorous things, but to me, there are few things as magnificent as scrambled eggs, pure and simple, perfectly cooked and perfectly seasoned.”
James Beard, 'On Food' (1974)

"Make an amiable intermediary of an egg, which comes between the various parts (of food) to bring about difficult reconciliations."

Des Essarts (1740-1793) French actor.

"Love and eggs are best when they are fresh."
Russian proverb.

"Yet, who can help loving the land that has taught us Six hundred and eighty-five ways to dress eggs?"
Thomas Moore, 'The Fudge Family in Paris'

"An egg is always an adventure; the next one may be different."
Oscar Wilde

"Eggs are very much like small boys. If you overheat them, or overbeat them, they will turn on you, and no amount of future love will right the wrong."

"Probably one of the most private things in the world is an egg until it is broken."
M.F.K. Fisher (1908-1992)

"I had an excellent repast -- the best repast possible -- which consisted simply of boiled eggs and bread and butter. It was the quality of these simple ingredients that made the occasion memorable. The eggs were so good that I am ashamed to say how many of them I consumed ....It might seem that an egg which has succeeded in being fresh has done all that can be reasonably expected of it."
Henry James

"A hen is only an egg's way of making another egg."
Samuel Butler (19th century British author)

“The vulgar boil, the learned roast, an egg.”
Alexander Pope, 'Satires'

“Put not your Knife to your mouth unless it be to eat an Egge.”
Hannah Woolley, 17th-century etiquette expert
'Guide to ladies, gentlewomen and maids'


“I did toy with the idea of doing a cook-book. . . . I think a lot of people who hate literature but love fried eggs would buy it if the price was right.”
Groucho Marx (1890-1977) ‘Groucho and Me’ (1959)

“Put not your Knife to your mouth unless it be to eat an Egge.”
Hannah Woolley, 17th-century etiquette expert
'Guide to ladies, gentlewomen and maids'


“When you feel like eating boiled eggs, if you have some truffles in the house, put them in a basket with the eggs and the next day you will have the best boiled eggs you have ever tasted in your gastronomic life.”
M. Des Ombiaux

“An egg of one hour old, bread of one day, a goat of one month, wine of six months, flesh of a year, fish of ten years and a wife of twenty years, a friend among a hundred, are the best of all number.”
John Wodroephe, English commentator
'Spared Hours,' 1623


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