“The man who has nothing to boast of but his ancestors is like a potato - the only good belonging to him is under ground.”
Sir Thomas Overbury (1581-1613)
“Pray for peace and grace and spiritual food,
For wisdom and guidance, for all these are good,
but don't forget the potatoes.”
John Tyler Pettee, 'Prayer and Potatoes'
“It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.”
Douglas Adams, English writer, humorist.
"O Creator! Thou who givest life to all things and hast made men that they may live, and multiply. Multiply also the fruits of the earth, the potatoes and other food that thou hast made, that men may not suffer from hunger and misery."
“Peace of mind and a comfortable income are predicted by a dream of eating potatoes in any form.”
Ned Ballantyne & Stella Coeli
‘Your Horoscope and Your Dreams’ (1940)
"Only two things in this world are too serious to be jested on, potatoes and matrimony."
"For me, a plain baked potato is the most delicious one....It is soothing and enough."
"They [potatoes] are good for boys' cold fingers at suppertime on winter nights."
Marion Harland, ‘Common Sense in the Household’ (1873)
"The potato, like man, was not meant to dwell alone."
"A diet that consists predominantly of rice leads to the use of opium, just as a diet that consists predominantly of potatoes leads to the use of liquor."
"Money is the root of all evil, and yet it is such a useful root that we cannot get on without it any more than we can without potatoes."
Louisa May Alcott, novelist (1832-1888)
"Zen. . . does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes."
Alan W. Watts, ‘The Way of Zen’, 1957
"I have made a lot of mistakes falling in love, and regretted most of them, but never the potatoes that went with them."
Nora Ephron, ‘Heartburn’
"Nor do I say it is filthy to eat potatoes. I do not ridicule the using of them as a sauce. What I laugh at is, the idea of the use of them being a saving; of their going further than bread; of the cultivating of them in lieu of wheat adding to the human sustenance of a country....As food for cattle, sheep or hogs, this is the worst of all the green and root crops; but of this I have said enough before; and therefore, I now dismiss the Potato with the hope, that I shall never again have to write the word, or see the thing."
William Cobbett, British journalist (1763?-1835)
“I appreciate the potato only as a protection against famine, except for that, I know of nothing more eminently tasteless.”
Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826)
‘The Physiology of Taste’ (1825)
“The pasty taste, the natural insipidity, the unhealthy quality of (the potato), which is flatulent and indigestible, has caused it to be rejected from refined households and returned to the people, whose coarse palates and stronger stomachs are satisfied with anything capable of appeasing hunger.”
Legrand d'Aussy (1783)
From ‘Consuming Passions’, Jonathon Green editor (1985)
“This root, no matter how much you prepare it, is tasteless and floury. It cannot pass for an agreeable food, but it supplies a food sufficiently abundant and sufficiently healthy for men who ask only to sustain themselves. The potato is criticised with reason for being windy, but what matters windiness for the vigorous organisims of peasants and labourers?”
Denis Diderot (1713-1784),’ L'Encyclopedie’ (1751-1772)
“Judging foods without regard to price is a rich man's game, and yet poor people can be gourmets able to discern a good potato from a bad one.”
Mark Kurlansky, 'Choice Cuts' (2002)
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