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Quotations about Soup & Stew


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I would like to find a stew that will give me heartburn immediately, instead of at three o'clock in the morning. ~John Barrymore, unverified


Worries go down better with soup. ~Jewish proverb


Chowder breathes reassurance. It steams consolation. ~Clementine Paddleford, 1961


A nickel's worth of goulash beats a five dollar can of vitamines. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)


Grilled cheese and tomato soup — is there anything more comforting? ~Gooseberry Patch, Modern Kitchen, Old-Fashioned Flavor, 2018


Some of us want soup. Others want soup. Still others prefer soup. ~Percy Keese Fitzhugh, Roy Blakeley: Lost, Strayed or Stolen, 1921


No, I don't take soup. You can't build a meal on a lake. ~Elsie de Wolfe (1865–1950)


If you must build a meal on a lake, it better have a strong current. ~Kenneth Horan, Papa Went to Congress, 1946  [a little altered —tg]


Mrs. Jakes had sent up stew and apple pie. "Oh, good," said Miss Marcy. "Stew's so comforting on a rainy day." ~Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle


You like science, don't ya? Chili is science. It's chemistry, son. See, chili represents your three states of matter:  solid, liquid, and eventually gas. ~Roseanne, "Don't Make Me Over," 1992, written by Maxine Lapiduss, Don Foster, & Sid Youngers  [S4, E24, Dan Conner]


Every cloud has a silver lining and every plate of vegetable soup is filled with vegetables. ~W. C. Fields, 1934


Homemade soup has extra nourishment that store-bought will never have. Love, broth, and salt can heal many things. ~Terri Guillemets


Sydney Smith has a very lively passage in his "Memoirs" to shew that too much soup and fish explain half the emotions of human life. ~H., "How to Mend the Temper," 1856  [The author must be referring to this passage, which is all I can find, but if anyone knows of something else please let me know: "I was seized with sudden giddiness, so as to fall, and for twenty-two hours was affected by violent pain. I kept my bed that day, and was weak and languid for some days after. Mr. Lyddon attributes it to indigestion. If this is the way nature punishes us for the consumption of indigestible food, I am sure it is worth while to be strictly temperate; I will therefore, in future, avoid soup and fish, and confine myself to one dish. I must not only attend to quantity, but quality. I may not be able to do this, — then I must die or be ill; but I am sure it is the best wisdom to do it." —tg]


Soup is liquid comfort. ~Author unknown


You can't eat soup out of a paper bag. ~Percy Keese Fitzhugh, Roy Blakeley: Lost, Strayed or Stolen, 1921  [a little altered —tg]


Soup is just a way of screwing you out of a meal. ~Jay Leno


...the woman assisting in the kitchen had mistaken the soup for dirty water and had thrown it away... ~A York gentleman, quoted in A Memoir of the Reverend Sydney Smith, by his daughter Lady Holland, 1854


The greatest enemy to wit I know of is cold soup. ~Charles Searle, Look Here!, 1885


If soup isn't hot enough to make a grown man wince, it's undrinkable. ~Terri Guillemets


As the days grow short, some faces grow long. But not mine. Every autumn, when the wind turns cold and darkness comes early, I am suddenly happy. It's time to start making soup again. ~Leslie Newman, unverified



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