Rhubarb quotes

Rhubarb quotes by topic: Gardening and rhubarb, Attitude to rhubarb, Food and rhubarb, Rhubarb features, Senna and rhubarb, People and rhubarb, Strawberry and rhubarb, Love and rhubarb, Nature and rhubarb, Childhood and rhubarb, Cooking and rhubarb, Rhubarb pie, Health and rhubarb.

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Gardening and rhubarb

He established the cultivation of rhubarb on his land, a production unknown in France in his youth. (Condorcet, Duhamel)

My aunt grows special rhubarb in dark sheds. They keep it dark and warm all winter and harvest it by candlelight and it’s the best stuff. She sells it for a fortune, btw. (Sophie Kinsella)

Red spheres were already visible from the rhubarb ground, and the ground around it was cracked as they pushed upward with full force. Salme had always thought it was great to watch rhubarb grow, because it was visible to the naked eye. (Eeva Joenpelto)

Some people are like ants. Give them a warm day and a piece of ground and they start digging. There the similarity ends. Ants keepon digging. Most people don’t. They establish contact with the soil, absorb so much vernal vigor that they can’t stay in one place, and desert the fork or spade to see how the rhubarb is coming and whether the asparagus is yet in sight. (Hal Borland)

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Attitude to rhubarb

I loved rhubarb, that hardy, underappreciated garden survivor that leafed out just as the worst of winter melted away. (Judith Fertig)

«Oh!» Pippi exclaimed. «Looks like today is my lucky day too. Cops are the best thing I know. After rhubarb cream.» She confronted the policemen, her face shining with joy. (Astrid Lindgren)

I had to go to Turuhalli for the rhubarb, but it was worth it, and how! Just look at how beautiful the strong stems are!» he reached into the basket and pulled out five large stalks of rhubarb. Gordon shuddered: he didn’t like rhubarb even in compote. (Vilmos Kondor)

She could no more escape the conviction that rhubarb was a herb of all the virtues than the modern generation can avoid the illusion that Lady Chatterley’s Lover is great literature. (Adrian Bell)

Food and rhubarb

The part of rhubarb that we eat is the leaf stem, which grows directly from the crown of the plant. (Philippe Collignon, Charlie Nardozzi)

Who eats a handful of rhubarb! (Mikhail Bulgakov)

If I could eat only one thing for the rest of my life, it would be rhubarb fool, which I make with ginger and a hint of elderflower cordial. (Sebastian Faulks)

His hunger was satisfied; he picked at a piece of Stilton blue cheese, the sweetness of which was imbued with bitterness, and pecked at a rhubarb tart. (Joris-Karl Huysmans)

Rhubarb features

It is well known that true rhubarb grows without cultivation between the thirtieth and thirty-ninth degrees of boreal latitude. (Guillaume-Thomas Raynal)

The rhubarb flower is insignificant; this plant is cultivated solely for its beautiful, very ornamental leaves. (Vincent-Alfred Gressent)

Just like a faithful domestic animal,
which is guaranteed a peaceful old age,
it blooms in the corner of the garden
between the moon and daylily:
rhubarb, elephant ear leaf. (Helena Anhava)

Senna and rhubarb

[Macbeth:] What laxative, what senna or rhubarb
would drive the English out of here? (William Shakespeare)

Ah! Nourisher of my heart, I am delighted with this meeting, and your sight is the rhubarb, cassia, and senna which purge all the melancholy from my soul. (Molière)

Taking advantage of the fact that these two imbeciles
were passing each other rhubarb and senna,
we shared their sweetheart who
allowed herself to be docile. (George Brassens)

People and rhubarb

Human growth is not like rhubarb. It can be nurtured and encouraged but it cannot be forced. (Andy Hargreaves)
Never rub another man’s rhubarb. (Jack Nicholson)

Rest, with nothing else, results in rust. It corrodes the mechanisms of the brain. The rhubarb that no one picks goes to seed. (Wilder Penfield)

Strawberry and rhubarb

Bitter rhubarb made sunny-day strawberry face the realities of life- and taste all the better for it. As I brushed the cakes with a deep pink glaze made from sweet strawberry and bottled rhubarb bitters, I hoped I would change rhubarb doubters. (Judith Fertig)

Rice and peas fit into that category of dishes where two ordinary foods, combined together, ignite a pleasure far beyond the capacity of either of its parts alone. Like rhubarb and strawberries, apple pie and cheese, roast pork and sage, the two tastes and textures meld together into the sort of subtle transcendental oneness that we once fantasized would be our experience when we finally found the ideal mate. (John Thorne)

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Love and rhubarb

On those summer days in Skatški, we got comfort and joy and strength from each other, and everything happened here and now, and there was nothing theoretical or big about it, we had strawberries, milk and sugar, we had rhubarb, bitter licorice on our lips and the flame of love. (Sirpa Kähkönen)

Getting married seems like a sugar bean or something; At first it tastes sweet, and people think it will go on like this forever. But the little bit of sugar is soon licked off, he sees, and then most of them get a piece of assa foetida or rhubarb inside, and then they hang their mouths. (Matthias Claudius)

Nature and rhubarb

The Sajan foothills are low, they are not mountains for alpinists. In the sparse, bright larch forest, we found some wild onions, rhubarb and some plants that we grow as garden flowers, such as the cuckoo’s shoe, so sometimes it felt as if we were in an old manor park, not in the Siberian taiga. (Jaan Kaplinski)

To-day I think Only with scents, — scents dead leaves yield, And bracken, and wild carrot’s seed, And the square mustard field; Odours that rise When the spade wounds the root of tree, Rose, currant, raspberry, or goutweed, Rhubarb or celery. (Edward Thomas)

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Childhood and rhubarb

This is where my children used to hide on warm summer evenings, sitting upright in their flannel pajamas among the bean beds to eat hairy red and gold tikers, half-ripe raspberries and rhubarb dipped in egg cups filled with sugar. (Phyllida Law)

In order to paint it, it would be necessary to paint the previous six-month boarding famine and, what might be worse for children than hunger, all the indescribable boredom of that Spartan menu: flour soup, lentils, rhubarb; pea soup, potatoes, rhubarb. (Marina Tsvetaeva)

Cooking and rhubarb

I want a dish to taste good, rather than to have been seethed in pig’s milk and served wrapped in a rhubarb leaf with grated thistle root. (Kingsley Amis)

She poured the batter onto the baking sheet and pressed the pieces of rhubarb into the batter carefully and symmetrically, as if she had put together a complex amulet, where each piece had to be in its place, otherwise the amulet’s magic power would not work. He pushed the cake into the oven, watched it cook in front of the oven. The cake rose and darkened. It looked good. (Juhani Karila)

Rhubarb pie

If you want to make a [rhubarb] pie from scratch, first you have to create the universe. (Carl Sagan)

“She loved rhubarb pie. … She loved plums.» «Plums. Greengage plums?» «Yes, greengage plums.” (Melanie Gideon)

Health and rhubarb

Rhubarb: essence of stomach ache. (Ambrose Bierce)

On each visit he brought a bottle of potassium bromide and rhubarb pills. (Anton Chekhov)


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