Egg quotes and proverbs

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Lots of things have been said about eggs, some of them even profound! Here's a sampling of quotes and proverbs that mention eggs.


"Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions. You may have a heart of gold, but so does a hard-boiled egg." - anonymous

"You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs." - various sources

“This recipe is certainly silly. It says to separate the eggs, but it doesn't say how far to separate them.” - Gracie Allen

“I have had, in my time, memorable meals of scrambled eggs with fresh truffles, scrambled eggs with caviar and other glamorous things, but to me, there are few things as magnificent as scrambled eggs, pure and simple, perfectly cooked and perfectly seasoned.” - James Beard

"I've decided life is too fragile to finish a book I dislike just because it cost $16.95 and everyone else loved it. Or eat a fried egg with a broken yolk (which I hate) when the dog would leap over the St. Louis arch for it." - Erma Bombeck

"A hen is only an egg's way of making another egg." - Samuel Butler

"You CAN make an omelette without breaking eggs. It's just a really bad omelette." - Steven Colbert

"Make an amiable intermediary of an egg, which comes between the various parts (of food) to bring about difficult reconciliations." - Des Essarts

"Probably one of the most private things in the world is an egg until it is broken." - M.F.K. Fisher

“An egg today is better than a hen tomorrow.” - Benjamin Franklin

"I had an excellent repast -the best repast possible - which consisted simply of boiled eggs and bread and butter. It was the quality of these simple ingredients that made the occasion memorable. The eggs were so good that I am ashamed to say how many of them I consumed......It might seem that an egg which has succeeded in being fresh has done all that can be reasonably expected of it." - Henry James

"It is beyond the imagination of the menu-maker that there are people in the world who breakfast on a single egg." - Melvin Maddocks

“I did toy with the idea of doing a cook-book......I think a lot of people who hate literature but love fried eggs would buy it if the price was right.” - Groucho Marx

“Oh, God above, if heaven has a taste it must be an egg with butter and salt, and after the egg is there anything in the world lovelier than fresh warm bread and a mug of sweet golden tea?” - Frank McCourt

“A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked.” - Bernard Meltzer

"Although I can not lay an egg, I am a very good judge of omelettes." - George Bernard Shaw

"Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she laid an asteroid." - Mark Twain

"An egg is always an adventure; the next one may be different." - Oscar Wilde

“An egg of one hour old, bread of one day, a goat of one month, wine of six months, flesh of a year, fish of ten years and a wife of twenty years, a friend among a hundred, are the best of all number.” - John Wodroephe

“Put not your knife to your mouth unless it be to eat an egg.” - Hannah Woolley


"When arguing with a stone, an egg is never wrong." - African proverb

"He'd offer you an egg if you promised not to break the shell." - Irish proverb

"Offer the lazy an egg and they'll want you to peel it for them." - Lithuanian proverb

"Love and eggs are best when they are fresh." - Russian proverb

"Today's egg is better than tomorrow's hen." - Turkish proverb