Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Some Thoughts on Cheese


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“Cheese - milk’s leap to immortality.” 

- Clifton Fadiman 
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“A cheese may disappoint. It may be dull, it may be naive, it may be over sophisticated. Yet it remains, cheese, milk’s leap toward immortality.” 

-Clifton Fadiman 
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Three years!" I cried. "Were you shipwrecked?" 

"Nay, mate," said he; "marooned." 

I had heard the word, and I knew it stood for a horrible kind of punishment common enough among the buccaneers, in which the offender is put ashore with a little powder and shot and left behind on some desolate and distant island. 

"Marooned three years agone," he continued, "and lived on goats since then, and berries, and oysters. Wherever a man is, says I, a man can do for himself. But, mate, my heart is sore for Christian diet. You mightn't happen to have a piece of cheese about you, now? No? Well, many's the long night I've dreamed of cheese-toasted, mostly - and woke up again, and here I were." 

"If ever I can get aboard again," said I, "you shall have cheese by the stone." 

- Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island, Ch 15 The Man on the Island (the finding of castaway Ben Gunn by Jim Hawkins) 
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“God defend me from that Welsh fairy, 
Lest he transform me to a piece of cheese!” 

- William Shakespeare, Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor 
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“How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?” 

- Charles De Gaulle 
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Merrily taking twopenny ale and cheese with a pocket knife;
But these were luxuries not for him who went for the Simple Life." 

- G K Chesterton 
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“A dinner which ends without cheese is like a beautiful woman with only one eye.” 

- Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin 
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