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Some people need a fig-leaf on their mouths. (Martin Luther)

Puritans should wear fig leaves on their eyes. (Stanislaw Jerzy Lec)

I’ve never turned over a fig leaf yet that didn’t have a price tag on the other side. (Saul Bellow)

The man who is ostentatious of his modesty is twin to the statue that wears a fig-leaf. (Mark Twain)

Guilt pins a fig-leaf; Innocence is its own adorning. (Anne Spencer)

Halfway measures, such as loincloths or fig leaves, remain more titillating than complete nudity. (Paul Ludwig Landsberg)

Most of what you encounter when you meet a man is a facade, an elaborate fig leaf, a brilliant disguise. (John Eldredge)

The type of figleaf which each culture employs to cover its social taboos offers a twofold description of its morality. It reveals that certain unacknowledged behavior exists and it suggests the form that such behavior takes. (Freda Adler)

Food and figs

To eat figs off the tree in the very early morning, when they have been barely touched by the sun, is one of the exquisite pleasures of the Mediterranean. (Elizabeth David)

A great fig should look like it’s just about to burst its skin. When squeezed lightly it should give a little and not spring back. It must be almost unctuously sweet, soft and wet. (Yotam Ottolenghi)

A lunch from the South, fresh and cheerful to the eye… alternating on the tablecloth large green peppers and bloody figs, almonds and watermelons opened into gigantic pink magnolias… (Alphonse Daudet)

I’ll order anything that has the word ‘fig’ or ‘crusted’ in the menu description. (Michael Carbonaro)

Meat loaf with mashed potatoes and green beans.» I leave it at that, neglecting the mention that his meat loaf features ground veal and pork and is wrapped in caul fat and basted with a homemade fig barbecue sauce, that the potatoes are more of a classic Joel Robuchon pommes puree of such buttery silkiness that you want to bathe in them, and that the green beans are blistered and charred in caramelized fish sauce with lime. (Stacey Ballis)

The ground is stained with figs,
The gardens are glued to the doors.
It’s worth the fuss. The feasts hiss
In the yards with lamb fat. (Yunna Moritz)

Women and figs

Green fig and inn maiden ripen from being pinched. (Miguel de Cervantes)

I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked. (Sylvia Plath)

Her thighs wide apart, the fig in the sun, ripe, juicy, sweaty, melted and confused in the rut of Messidor. (André Hardellet)

The fallen hazel-nuts, Stripped late of their green sheaths, The grapes, red-purple, Their berries Dripping with wine, Pomegranates already broken, And shrunken fig, And quinces untouched, I bring thee as offering. (Hilda Doolittle)

Be kind and corteous to this gentleman;
Hop in his walks and gambol in his eyews;
Feed him with apricocks and dewberries,
With purple grapes, green figs, and mulberries; (William Shakespeare)

And now, like a dead fig tree,
whose leaves have fallen off,
I am an unnecessary and boring lover,
Like a thing, I am abandoned in Marseilles. (Nikolai Gumilyov)

People and figs

If God had not made brown honey, men would think figs much sweeter than they do. (Xenophanes)

Train up a fig tree in the way it should go, and when you are old sit under the shade of it. (Charles Dickens)

O excellent! I love long life better than figs. (William Shakespeare)

The fig tree whispers, bending its top:
“Here is my fragrant fruit. Take it and tear it off”… (Mirra Lokhvitskaya)

Let the world slide, let the world go;
A fig for care, and a fig for woe!
If I can’t pay, why I can owe,
And death makes equal the high and low. (John Heywood)

Garden and figs

The most notable among the Romans took pride in having beautiful gardens where they cultivated anciently known fruits, such as pears, apples, figs, grapes. (Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin)

From my window I can see in one group banana, pomegranate, persimmon and fig trees all loaded with fruit. (Frances Little)

All the seasons run their race In this quiet resting-place; Peach, and apricot, and fig Here will ripen, and grow big; Here is store and overplus — More had not Alcinous! (Henry Austin Dobson)

Close to the Gates a spacious Garden lies, From the Storms defended and inclement Skies; Four Acres was the allotted Space of Ground, Fenc’d with a green Enclosure all around. Tall thriving Trees confessed the fruitful Mold: The reddening Apple ripens here to Gold, Here the blue Fig with luscious Juice overflows, With deeper Red the full Pomegranate glows, The Branch here bends beneath the weighty Pear, And verdant Olives flourish round the Year. (Homer)

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Thistles and figs

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? (Jesus the Christ)

And never since harvests were ripened, Or laborers born, Have men gathered figs of the thistle, Or grapes of the thorn! (Phoebe Cary)

Bear figs for a season or two, and the world outside the orchard is very unwilling you should bear thistles. (Kate Douglas Wiggin)

As for esoterics—I would fainer exchange musings anent over-shoes than over-souls. And my spirit bears in fertile earthy soil chiefly thistles from which men gather no figs. (Mary MacLane)

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Cooking and figs

As long as I have fat turtle-doves, a fig for your lettuce, my friend, and you may keep your shellfish to yourself. I have no wish to waste my appetite. (Martial)

Figs are delicious with soft cheese and ham. (Angelica Banks)

Well there are a lot of things I like to eat but at this time of year I’m finding I’m making fig and chèvre salad at least once a week and that’s a combo that’s hard to beat. (Karen Walker)

Fresh figs are at home alfresco, in a rocket salad with Golden Delicious apples, pine nuts, and picnic cheeses or roasted with slices of Roquefort and a drizzle of honey to begin a fall fireside dinner. (Elizabeth Bard)

Creation and figs

The playwright makes plays like a fig tree makes figs, that is to say without understanding anything about it. (Marcel Pagnol)

I would sooner look for figs on thistles than for the higher attributes of art from one whose ruling motive… is money. (Asher Brown Durand)

No greater thing is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen. (Epictetus)

Figs features

Shape is a good part of the fig’s delight. (Jane Grigson)

There are trees in this region called nopalli, a common name for all nopals, which means fig tree or tree on which figs grow. (Bernardino de Sahagún)

The famous Indian fig tree is capable of producing adventitious roots from its far-spread branches, which, reaching the ground and thickening, support these branches like pillars, providing them with both support and the necessary food. Thus, one tree can cover entire acres. (Kliment Timiryazev)

Fruits and figs

The tasty melon, the succulent fig, — And these amber grapes which perfume the air. (Jacques Delille)

She also brought some cherries, plums, and apricots, and a plate full of particularly delicate figs, of last year’s growth. (Nathaniel Hawthorne)

Sometimes the valley below is like a bowl filled up with fog. I can see hard green figs on two trees and pears on a tree just below me. A fine crop coming in. May summer last a hundred years. (Frances Mayes)

Market and figs

Fig season is a joyous time of year for me. Back in my Paris days, the markets would be filled with piles of these squidgy fruit, no doubt sent up from the sunny south where they grow in abundance. (Rachel Khoo)

The near end of the street was rather dark and had mostly vegetable shops. Abundance of vegetables — piles of white and green fennel, like celery, and great sheaves of young, purplish, sea-dust-coloured artichokes… long strings of dried figs, mountains of big oranges, scarlet large peppers, a large slice of pumpkin, a great mass of colours and vegetable freshness…. (D.H. Lawrence)

Children and figs

«A fig-tree looking on a fig-tree becometh fruitful,» says the Arabian proverb. And so it is with children; their first great instructor is example. (Samuel Smiles)

“Fig trees interest me,” he said. “They’re like children: full of potential, but frighteningly vulnerable. Ignore a fig tree, neglect it, and its life will be short. It will die and never give fruit. But if you accept the fig’s fragility and give it your full attention as it grows, you will have a tree that lasts for centuries and bears fruit beyond compare.” (Megan Morrison)

Gardening and figs

The mimosa flowers in winter, and palms, rose-trees, camellias, and fig-trees prosper exceedingly in the open air. (Milburg Francisco Mansfield)

I am once more seated under my own vine and fig tree… and hope to spend the remainder of my days in peaceful retirement, making political pursuits yield to the more rational amusement of cultivating the earth. (George Washington)

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Nature and figs

Rocks, fig trees, towers and harbors, Idyll all around, bleating of sheep, — innocence of the south, take me in! (Friedrich Nietzsche)

The path wound around rough hills, here and there scattered with fig-trees and vines, with lupines, euphorbias, and other wild growths. (Richard Francis Burton)

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Winter and figs

Stupidity is expecting figs in winter, or children in old age. (Marcus Aurelius)

If you long for your son or your friend at a time when they aren’t given to you, you’re longing for a fig in winter, believe me. (Epictetus)

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Eden and figs

I am sure that in the story of Adam and Eve, the forbidden fruit was a fig and not an apple, pear or anything else. (Yotam Ottolenghi)

Figs are the devil’s favorite dish. (Peter E. Schumacher)

Health and figs

Figs are restorative, and the best food that can be taken by those who are brought low by long sickness… (Pliny)


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