Today’s Shrove Tuesday, aka Mardi Gras and carnival time. It’s your last opportunity to eat pancakes until… the next time you eat pancakes. Are you giving up anything for Lent? Alcohol? Chocolate? Brussel Sprouts? Because of course, everyone knows it’s best to give up something you don’t really like anyway. Here are some quotations from writers about everything connected with this Lenten season.
1.“Laissez les bons temps rouler!”
(‘Let the Good Times Roll’, heard throughout New Orleans during Mardi Gras).
2. “Like Mardi Gras and Halloween rolled into a public party at the Playboy mansion, Rio during Carnaval is like no other place on earth. And the freak-flags fly like the color guard of an invading army.”
― James Schannep, Murdered
3. “Take your hallowed halls of Congress or the littered floor of the Stock Exchange, America is built on its pancake houses!”
― Michael Paterniti, Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America with Einstein’s Brain
4. “It has been said that a Scotchman has not seen the world until he has seen Edinburgh; and I think that I may say that an American has not seen the United States until he has seen Mardi-Gras in New Orleans.” — Mark Twain
5. “Someone who eats pancakes and jam can’t be so awfully dangerous. You can talk to him.”
― Tove Jansson, Finn Family Moomintroll
6. Everything being a constant carnival, there is no carnival left. — Victor Hugo
7. “Why did she give up wine for Lent? Polly was more sensible. She had given up strawberry jam. Cecilia had never seen Polly show more than a passing interest in strawberry jam, although now, of course, she was always catching her standing at the open fridge, staring at it longingly. The power of denial.”
― Liane Moriarty, The Husband’s Secret.
8. There’s something about it that makes sense, Lent. You give something up, and everything’s more joyful. — Elaine Stritch
9. “No act of virtue can be great if it is not followed by advantage for others. So, no matter how much time you spend fasting, no matter how much you sleep on a hard floor and eat ashes and sigh continually, if you do no good to others, you do nothing great.”
― John Chrysostom
10. I kinda don’t do guilt. I gave it up for Lent years ago. — Greg Boyle
My personal favourite is “I’ve given up alcohol for Lent, and I’m giving up Lent for St Patrick’s Day”.
Do let us know if you’ve got any favourite Lent quotations!
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