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Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese. ~ G. K. Chesterton

Quotes about cheese.


  • A poet's hope: to be,
    like some valley cheese,
    local, but prized elsewhere.
  • Un dessert sans fromage est une belle à qui il manqu un œil.
    • Translation: A desert without cheese is like a beautiful woman missing an eye.
    • Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, Physiologie du goût (1834), Aphorismes XIV, p. 16
  • A farmer's daughter hath soft brown hair;
    (Butter and eggs and a pound of cheese)
    And I met with a ballad, I can't say where,
    Which wholly consisted of lines like these.
  • Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.
  • Cheese is the celebration of milk when it goes 'off' big-time-stylee.
  • On ne peut pas rassembler les Françis que sous le coup de la peur. On ne peut pas rassembler à froid un pays qui compte 265 spécialités de fromages.
    • Translation: The French will only be united under the threat of danger. Nobody can simply bring together a country that has 265 kinds of cheese.
    • Charles de Gaulle, speech after the recul of the R.P.P. at the elections of 1951
  • Ye set circumquaques to make me beleue
    Or thinke, that the moone is made of gréene chéese.
    • You set circumstances to make me believe
      Or think, that the moon is made of green cheese.
    • John Heywood, Proverbs (1546), II, ch. 7
  • Our Transatlantic cousins are very fond of apple-pie. It is consumed to a large extent all over the country. Not raised apple-pie; but flat, and with a paste that is invariably very coarse and indigestible. You have a triangular-shaped slice put on your plate, and (in some parts of America) if you do not want to be singular you will eat it with a bit of cheese, Yorkshire fashion. As an American lady once graphically put it:
    "Apple-pie without cheese
    Is like a kiss without a squeeze."
    • Walter Gore Marshall, Through America: Or, Nine Months in the United States (1882), p. 99
    • A slice of pie without cheese is like a kiss without a squeeze.
  • "Why did you yell, 'Cheese'?" And The Man would tell him mockingly, "Because I felt like it, you stupid machine."
  • There's always free cheese in a mousetrap.
    • Proverb, equivalent to There is no such thing as a free lunch.
    • e.g. Longbaugh in The Way of the Gun (2000)
    • Fifty years of struggling to make ends meet have taught me one thing for sure—that you don’t get something for nothing. A mouse will always find free cheese in a mousetrap; but I never saw one that was very happy about it.
      • H. C. Diefenbach in 1950, quoted in: Sunday Times-Advertiser Trenton (NJ) (3 December 1950), Quotable Quotes, p. 10.

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