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Quotations about Vegetables

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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.   —ღ Terri, March 2021

Welcome to my page of quotations about veggies. Here's to fresh vegetable gardens and good health! —tg

It's bizarre that the produce manager is more important to my children's health than the pediatrician. ~Meryl Streep

Brussels sprouts: Belgian kindergarteners  ~Mastroianni & Hart, "Wiley's Dictionary," B.C., 2010,

Shipping is a terrible thing to do to vegetables. They probably get jet-lagged, just like people. ~Elizabeth Berry  #eat local

The greatest delight the fields and woods minister is the suggestion of an occult relation between man and the vegetable. I am not alone and unacknowledged. They nod to me and I to them. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon. ~Doug Larson, 1989

Plant a radish, get a radish, never any doubt. That's why I love vegetables, you know what they're about! ~Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt

Of plants tomatoes seemed the most human, eager and fragile and prone to rot. ~John Updike

It's difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato. ~Lewis Grizzard

A great deal has been written and said and sung in praise of green trees. And yet there are comparatively few green trees that are good to eat. Asparagus is probably the best of them, though celery is by no means to be despised. ~Ambrose Bierce

I love you from my head tomatoes! ~Internet meme

Eat more vegetables than anything else. You’ve really got to learn to love these guys. They can be the life of the party, I promise. You just have to invite them. ~Megan Kepferle, "Your Horse Deserves A Healthy Rider: Meg Kep's Dos & Don'ts,", 2013

The Liver & Broccoli Restaurant — Kids Eat Free! ~Tom Wilson II, Ziggy, 2010

Hence various trees their various fruits produce,
Some for delightful taste, and some for use.
Hence sprouting plants enrich the plain and wood,
For physic some, and some design'd for food.
~Richard Blackmore, "Wisdom of God in the Vegetable Creation," 1712

Half a loaf is better than vegetables. ~Student at Brookside School, Long Island, 1966, completing the first part of the proverb as given by Candid Camera, CBS

I love brussels sprouts. If you stand your asparagus on end, you can go bowling! ~Russell Myers, Broom Hilda, 2012

Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie. ~Jim Davis

Sauerkraut may be reckoned among the wholesomest foods. ~Sebastian Kneipp, Thus Shalt Thou Live: Hints and Advice for the Healthy and the Sick on a Simple and Rational Mode of Life and a Natural Method of Cure, 1889, translated from the 19th German edition  #fermented  #probiotics

Sea vegetables are the ocean's mineral and vitamin bank... ~Kristina Turner, The Self-Healing Cookbook, 2002, originally published 1987  #seaweed

I don't know if you know much about mushrooms, but they're easy to raise... All you need is a place that's kind of damp and dark, like under a car or a wagon or in a cellar that hasn't got any heat. It's a lot of fun raising them. Maybe that's why they call them fungi. Anyway, Minerva Skybrow put the fun in fungi for us all right... Only you've got to be careful, because if you eat the wrong kind of mushroom, the first thing you know some fine day you'll wake up and find yourself dead. ~Percy Keese Fitzhugh, Roy Blakeley: Lost, Strayed or Stolen, 1921

The Mushroom is the Elf of Plants –
At Evening, it is not
At Morning, in a Truffled Hut
It stop upon a Spot...
~Emily Dickinson, c. 1874

Persons living very entirely on vegetables are seldom of a plump and succulent habit. ~William Cullen

Large, naked raw carrots are acceptable as food only to those who lie in hutches eagerly awaiting Easter. ~Fran Lebowitz

Fritzi:  I made pizza! It's a tofu gluten-free pizza with low-fat cheese, brussels sprouts, broccoli, and cauliflower!
Nancy:  That's not a pizza! That's a communist plot! Thanks for ruining my appetite, my summer, and my faith in America!
~Olivia Jaimes, Nancy, 2016

Ripe 'sparagrass,
Fit for lad or lass,
To make their water pass:
O, 'tis pretty picking
With a tender chicken!
~Jonathan Swift, "Asparagus"

There's a reason why tomatoes represent the best of summer:  fat and sensual, like biting into a tiny beam of juicy red sunlight cooled in a stream. ~Edmond Manning, "The 2016 Gardening Awards,", 2016

[Celery] is as fresh and clean as a rainy day after a spell of heat. It crackles pleasantly in the mouth.... it should be eaten alone, for it is the only food which one really wants to hear oneself eat. ~A.A. Milne (1882–1956), "A Word for Autumn," Not That It Matters

Celery, raw,
Develops the jaw,
But celery, stewed,
Is more quietly chewed.
~Ogden Nash (1902–1971), "Celery"

Even today, well-brought-up English girls are taught by their mothers to boil all veggies for at least a month and a half, just in case one of the dinner guests turns up without his teeth. ~Calvin Trillin, 1983

Please understand the reason why Chinese vegetables taste so good. It is simple. The Chinese do not cook them, they just threaten them! ~Jeff Smith, 1986

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

I am broccoli, and I look like a tree.
I am a walnut, and I look like a brain.
I am a mushroom, and I hate this game.
~Internet meme

All mushrooms are edible — but some only once. ~Internet meme

Q:  What's a cat's favorite vegetable?
A:  As-purr-agus!
~Author unknown

An onion can make people cry, but there has never been a vegetable invented to make them laugh. ~Author unknown, May Irwin's favorite quotation, Saturday Evening Post, 1931, as quoted by Burton Stevenson

After all the trouble you go to, you get about as much actual "food" out of eating an artichoke as you would from licking 30 or 40 postage stamps. ~Miss Piggy

Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but Cabbage with a College Education. ~Mark Twain

Apelles gave us supper as if he had butchered a garden, thinking he was feeding sheep and not friends. There were radishes, chicory, fenugreek, lettuces, leeks, onions, basil, mint, rue, and asparagus. I was afraid that after all these things he would serve me with hay, so when I had eaten some half-soaked lupins I went off. ~Ammianus (2nd century A.D.), in The Greek Anthology, Volume IV, "Book XI: The Convivial and Satirical Epigrams," epigram 413, translated by W.R. Paton, 1918

Did you ever stop to taste a carrot? Not just eat it, but taste it? You can't taste the beauty and energy of the earth in a Twinkie ®. ~Terri Guillemets  [Don't get me wrong, I'm not knocking a good dose of junk food every once in a while. A pair of Ding Dongs ® is enough to make better any bad day! –tg]

I have so mushroom in my heart for you! ~Internet meme

Hey, a "Food Court"! Let's go file a lawsuit about brussels sprouts! ~Tom Thaves, Frank and Ernest, 2014, frankandernest.comAccording to the latest authorities spring fever, the cause of so much loss of energy, can be prevented by homemakers if they will feed their families in the winter season with plenty of green vegetables. ~Richard Gay Neville, M.D., "Spring Fever," The Forecast, 1921

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