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A most excellent bread quote!

Cooky's picture

A most excellent bread quote!

I love this quote, which I found on the Foppish Baker blog (, I think). The universal motto of bread lovers everywhere:


“If thou tastest a crust of bread, thou tastest all the stars and all the heavens.” --Robert Browning


BROTKUNST's picture


"There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread."


Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)


browndog's picture

"Who hath no more bread then neede, must not keepe a dog."

                                                           -- George Herbert  1593-1633

verminiusrex's picture

"Honey, don't poke the boule."

              --Me to my 5 year old

tattooedtonka's picture

"I am proud to be an American.  Because an American can eat anything on the face of this earth as long as he has two pieces of bread." Bill Cosby

OR, for you more serious folks.

"With bread all sorrows are less"

Sancho Panza speaking to Dapple, his ass in "Don Quixote" by Miguel de Cervantes(1547-1616)


weavershouse's picture

I think is was "Old bread isn't bad, No bread at all is bad".                 weavershouse

Oldcampcook's picture


It was a saying that I found on a German bread site and posted to the forum on the German Rye discussion.

Alte brot is nicht hart. Keine brot, das ist hart.

Directly translated, "Old bread is not hard.  No bread, that is hard."

Old Camp Cook

browndog's picture

because it's also referenced by Jeffrey Hamelman on p 28 of Bread, in quoting a baker/friend. It stuck with me, too, weavershouse, not the least because I'm still wondering if I agree..!

  • "Don't be afraid of dark toast!", courtesy of James Beard. We use that a LOT around here.
weavershouse's picture

I tried but couldn't remember where I read it. I used to be so good at remembering quotes but obviously not any more! ha ha                                                                weavershouse

Floydm's picture

Without bread all is misery." - William Cobbett, British journalist (1763-1835)

"How can a nation be great if its bread tastes like Kleenex?" - Julia Child

Oldcampcook's picture

I don't know if this qualifies, but the Germans call beer "flussig brot".  Translated to Liquid Bread.  i.e., akin to the staff of life.

Old Camp Cook 


Rosalie's picture

In most of these quotes, bread is used as a metaphor for food in general.  But that just reminds us how important bread is and has been in the lives of ordinary people.