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There may be "pie in the sky when you die" but how the pie is dished out on the ground has considerable existential relevance.
~ Eric Wolf

Pies are baked dishes which are usually made of a pastry dough casing that completely contains a filling of various sweet or savoury ingredients. Sweet pies may be filled with fruit (as in an apple pie), nuts (pecan pie), brown sugar (sugar pie) or sweetened vegetables (rhubarb pie). Savoury pies may be filled with meat (as in a steak pie or a Jamaican patty), eggs and cheese (quiche) or a mixture of meat and vegetables (pot pie).


  • PIE, n. An advance agent of the reaper whose name is Indigestion.
  • He that hath eaten a bear-pie, will always smell of the garden.
  • 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.
  • On the independence of irrelevant alternatives: Morgenbesser, ordering dessert, is told by the waitress that he can choose between apple pie and blueberry pie. He orders the apple pie. Shortly thereafter, the waitress comes back and says that cherry pie is also an option; Morgenbesser says "In that case I'll have the blueberry pie."
  • If you have goals and the stick-with-it-ness to make things happen, people will feel threatened by you, especially if your goals don’t include them. They believe that if you take a piece of pie, then that leaves less pie for them. Seeing you follow your dreams leaves them realizing that they’re not following theirs. In truth, there is unlimited pie for everyone!
  • The future... seems to me no unified dream but a mince pie, long in the baking, never quite done.
    • E. B. White, in Harper's Magazine (December 1940), and reprinted in his One Man's Meat (1942). Widely misattributed to Edward Young.

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