Gooseberry quotes

Gooseberry quotes by topic: Garden and gooseberry, People and gooseberries, Children and gooseberries, Women and gooseberries, Tea and gooseberries, Attitude to gooseberry, Kiwi and gooseberry, Unripe gooseberries, Berries and gooseberries, Food and gooseberries, Life and gooseberry.

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Garden and gooseberry

What other land can grow the varied fruits that flourish in Australia?… Think of the sugar-cane, the pineapple, the mango, and the common English gooseberry growing upon the same soil! (Frederick Chambers Spurr)

The gardener picks ripe gooseberries
For the Dean’s supper to-night. (Amy Lowell)

And the villagers’ gardens are lovely to be seen,
There sweet flowers grow and gooseberries green.
And the fragrant air will make you feel gay
While viewing the scenery there on the banks of the Tay. (William Topaz McGonagall)

Wasps, butterflies and dragonflies dance
along the rows of gooseberry and currant bushes.
Along the tobacco and buckwheat fields, honeybees
have a summer feast. (Muia Veetamm)

Also, garden quotes

People and gooseberries

A man wants nothing so badly as a gooseberry farm. (Anton Chekhov)

Often, we melt into our ecstasies as though they were jams, as though we were sinking into syrupy bowls of gooseberries, of raspberries, of bilberries. (Violette Leduc)

The search «Who am I»…ends in the annihilation of the illusory «I» and the Self which remains over will be as clear as a gooseberry in the palm of one’s hand. (Ramana Maharshi)

I am not a superman, not a unique person, Not a gooseberry the size of a watermelon, Not a cross between a zebra and a bison, Not the nephew of the Sun and not the godfather of the Moon. (Ilya Selvinsky)

Children and gooseberries

Now I am in the garden at the back… a very preserve of butterflies as I remember it, with a high fence, and a gate… where the fruit clusters on the trees, riper and richer than fruit has ever been since, in any other garden, and where my mother gathers some in a basket while I stand by, bolting furtive gooseberries, and trying to look unnerved. (Charles Dickens)

When I was a little girl growing up in Barbados — I never had to worry about 5-a-day. On a given day, I ate hog plums, mangoes, sugar apples, tamarinds, golden- apples, gooseberries, ackees, and dunks. (Charmaine J. Forde)

She diligently matched her small steps to the large, scattered steps of her mother, from under her brows, she looked with longing at the garden, familiar, but always mysterious and alluring — and her free hand sullenly reached out to the sour gooseberry and imperceptibly tore it, scratching itself on the sharp thorns. And these needle-sharp thorns and the sour, crunchy gooseberries made it even more boring and I wanted to whine like an abandoned puppy. (Leonid Andreev)

Women and gooseberries

My mother has an absolute passion for sour fruit and can strip a gooseberry bush quicker than a priest can strip a choirboy. (Stephen Fry)

That was Hannah ‘s strength. Her entire enormous bulk was filled to the brim with knowledge and quotations from the Bible, which oozed from her like gooseberry juice from a jelly strainer. (Robertson Davies)

My blue fear, my gooseberry,
Come to the flower of my vigils
And let the day fall
Behind my door.
And let the wind carry
The way home (Louise de Vilmorin)

Tea and gooseberries

“Country life has its advantages,’ he used to say. ‘You sit on the veranda drinking tea and your ducklings swim on the pond, and everything smells good… and there are gooseberries.” (Anton Chekhov)

In the evening, when we were drinking tea, the cook brought a full plate of gooseberries to the table. These were not purchased, but my own gooseberries, collected for the first time since the bushes were planted. (Anton Chekhov)

Sipping tea
with glee
beneath a gooseberry tree. (Richelle E. Goodrich)

Attitude to gooseberry

Gooseberries should be mainstream berries! Why are chemically fattened strawberries a thing? Why not the delicious gooseberry? (Andrew Dost)

Kapochka. Are you joking! How can a gooseberry… it’s prickly. (Alexander Ostrovsky)

The gooseberry’s no doubt an oddity,
an outlaw or pariah even—thorny
and tart as any
kindergarten martinet… (Amy Clampitt)

Kiwi and gooseberry

Marketers have long known that a name can make all the difference when you’re trying to move the merch. The kiwifruit was once the Chinese gooseberry, after all — at least until the produce peddlers wised up — and the Chilean sea bass was once the singularly unappetizing Patagonian toothfish. (Jeffrey Kluger)

There is a little brown fruit called a “kiwi”.
Some people call it a “Chinese gooseberry“.
It is shaped like an egg, and very hairy.
It is named after a bird in New Zealand.
They are a tasty treat when they are on hand. (Robert Pettit)

Also, kiwifruit quotes

Unripe gooseberries

When it comes to gooseberries, it occurs to me: They taste too sweet, and if they are early, make sure I know it. (Friedrich von Schiller)

From infancy, people are captivated by sin:
I greedily eat unripe gooseberries,
Because the forbidden fruit is sweeter than all
the fruits of the earth… (Dmitry Merezhkovsky)

Berries and gooseberries

There were also ridges with raspberries, gooseberries, currants, also all near the fences; beds with vegetables near the house, established, however, recently. (Fyodor Dostoevsky)

There are also the favorite berry bushes of currants and gooseberries, taken decorously on poles — you can even see the shining clusters of berries from here — the through yakhonts of red currants, the heavy catkins of gooseberries. (Ivan Shmelev)

Food and gooseberries

Plums are a good substitute for gooseberries. (Yotam Ottolenghi)

The meal was pretentious — a kind of beetroot soup with greasy croutons; pork underdone with loud vulgar cabbage, potato croquettes, tinned peas in tiny jam-tart cases, watery gooseberry sauce; trifle made with a resinous wine, so jammy that all my teeth lit up at once. (Anthony Burgess)

Life and gooseberry

Living life meant orgies of gooseberry syrup and seltzer water, in the middle of a stampede of men, dozens passing you in a line over your body, in the back rooms of wine merchants. (Emile Zola)

What will happen to me, as the oyster said when he very inadvertently swallowed the gooseberry bush, nobody can tell. (Edward Lear)


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