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A Baker's Dozen of Egg Quotations by Jessica Barrah

Eggs – the source of life, protein, and essential for cakes and meringues. Or made out of chocolate and delivered by a bunny. This Easter, we’ve collected twelve quotations from authors (and a chef) about eggs – plus one more for those who are not egg-cited by oeufs.

1. “If there is a hard, high wall and an egg that breaks against it, no matter how right the wall or how wrong the egg, I will stand on the side of the egg. Why? Because each of us is an egg, a unique soul enclosed in a fragile egg. Each of us is confronting a high wall.”
― Haruki Murakami

2. “In the garden there was nothing which was not quite like themselves – nothing which did not understand the wonderfulness of what was happening to them – the immense, tender, terrible, heart-breaking beauty and solemnity of Eggs. If there had been one person in that garden who had not known through all his or her innermost being that if an Egg were taken away or hurt the whole world would whirl round and crash through space and come to an end… there could have been no happiness even in that golden springtime air.”
― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

3. “A day without an argument is like an egg without salt.”
― Angela Carter

4. “Have you ever seen a man, woman, or child who wasn’t eating an egg or just going to eat an egg or just coming away from eating an egg? I tell you, the good old egg is the foundation of daily life. Stop the first man you meet in the street and ask him which he’d sooner lose, his egg or his wife, and see what he says!”
― P.G. Wodehouse, Love Among the Chickens

5. “He broke the eggs but burned the omelette.
― Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things

6. “I know that eggs do well to stay out of frying pans.”
― George R.R. Martin, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

7. “We are like travelers using the cinders of a volcano to roast their eggs.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

8.“The sun will come up again, and I’m pretty sure that whatever happens we won’t have found Freedom, and there won’t be a whole lot of Justice, and I’m damn sure we won’t have found Truth. But it’s just possible that I might get a hard-boiled egg.”
― Terry Pratchett, Night Watch

9. “If anyone does not have three minutes in his life to make an omelette, then life is not worth living.”
― Raymond Blanc

10.“So familiar are eggs to us, however, that in the eighteenth century they were referred to as cackling farts, on the basis that chickens cackled all the time and eggs came out of the back of them.”
― Mark Forsyth, The Horologicon: A Day’s Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language

11. “It’s the unwrapping that’s half the fun. Like with gifts, and eggs.”
― Neil Gaiman, American Gods

12. “Look at the woebegone walk of him. Eaten a bad egg. Poached eyes on ghost.”
― James Joyce, Ulysses

And finally, the master of suspense reveals the source of his greatest fear…

13. “I’m frightened of eggs, worse than frightened, they revolt me. That white round thing without any holes … have you ever seen anything more revolting than an egg yolk breaking and spilling its yellow liquid? Blood is jolly, red. But egg yolk is yellow, revolting. I’ve never tasted it.
― Alfred Hitchcock

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