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12 Quotations about Picnics by Jessica Barrah

Picnics can be wonderful things especially if you are one of the Famous Five and have brought along lashings of ginger beer. However, many writers, as you can see from the quotations below, can have a rather more jaded view of picnics than Enid Blyton…

1. “Never plan a picnic’ Father said. ’Plan a dinner, yes, or a house, or a budget, or an appointment with the dentist, but never, never plan a picnic.”
― Elizabeth Enright, The Four-Story Mistake

2. “Soon they were all sitting on the rocky ledge, which was still warm, watching the sun go down into the lake. It was the most beautiful evening, with the lake as blue as a cornflower and the sky flecked with rosy clouds. They held their hard-boiled eggs in one hand and a piece of bread and butter in the other, munching happily. There was a dish of salt for everyone to dip their eggs into. ‘I don’t know why, but the meals we have on picnics always taste so much nicer than the ones we have indoors,’ said George.”
— Enid Blyton Five Go Off in a Caravan

3. To do things, simple things, to be part of family picnics, Christmas, the 4th of July, Labor Day, Mother’s Day . . . was a man born just to endure those things and then die?
— Charles Bukowski

4. “Picnics are very dear to those who are in the first stage of the tender passion.”
— Arthur Conan Doyle

5. “The four most over-rated things in life are champagne, lobster, anal sex, and picnics.”
— Christopher Hitchens

6. “No, it is not only our fate but our business to lose innocence, and once we have lost that it is futile to attempt a picnic in Eden.”
— Elizabeth Bowen Collected Impressions

7. “You bring your own weather to the picnic.”
— Harlan Coben Caught

8. “I took her outside on to a little roof terrace that looked like it never got the sun at any time of the day or year, but there was a picnic table and a grill out there anyway. Those little grills are everywhere in England, right? To me they’ve come to represent the triumph of hope over circumstance, seeing as all you can do is peer at them out the window through the pissing rain.”
— Nick Hornby A Long Way Down

9. “There he got out the luncheon-basket and packed a simple meal, in which, remembering the stranger’s origin and preferences, he took care to include a yard of long French bread, a sausage out of which the garlic sang, some cheese which lay down and cried, and a long-necked straw-covered flask wherein lay bottled sunshine shed and garnered on far Southern slopes.”
— Kenneth Grahame The Wind in the Willows

10. As you start traveling down that road of life, remember this: There are never enough comfort stops. The places you’re going to are never on the map. And once you get that map out, you won’t be able to re-fold it no matter how smart you are. So forget the map, roll down the windows, and whenever you can pull over and have picnic with a pig. And if you can help it never fly as cargo."
— Jim Henson

11.“Give me Pablo Neruda, picnic beneath a full moon & iridescent stars, black olives, cherries, dark things, canoe on a river…that’s romance.”
— Brandi L. Bates Soledad

12. “Society is the picnic certain individuals leave early, the party they fail to enjoy, the musical comedy they find not worth the price of admission.”
— Joyce Carol Oates

We hope that you enjoy both these quotations, and any picnics that you may have over the summer months.

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