Wednesday, July 18, 2007

The writing on the wall?

There’s a spot in the transition space between my new kitchen and dining room that’s crying out for some color and some fun. It’s a section of wood trim painted white that’s staying white within my two-tone green kitchen and dining area. In order to tie it into the color scheme and add a little flair to the space, I’ve decided to paint a quote there. The question, then, is what quote to use? That’s where you come in. That’s right, YOU. I want your suggestions for quotes, phrases, sayings, etc. to paint on my wall.

Submission guidelines
- Comment with as many quotes, sayings, or phrases as you want.
- Quotes need to be accompanied by source, if available.
- Topics/themes are wide open, although friendship, home, cooking, wine, etc. seem like logical places to start.

The person who submits the winning entry gets two prizes:
1. The guarantee that I’ll think of you every time I walk into my kitchen or dining room.
2. Cookies or other dessert of your choice (some restrictions apply for entries from outside the St. Louis area).

Let the fun begin!

The Fine Print
1. Linda reserves the right to choose more than one entry and may use suggested phrases in places other than her kitchen. In the case of multiple entries, each winner will receive both of the above prizes.
2. “The writing on the wall” as used in this situation shall have no element of doom or misfortune. Only happy writing on the wall in my house.
3. Picture coming shortly after the painters get all the color on the walls.
4. Deadline for submissions is currently undetermined, but it will likely be at least one week from date of blog entry.

Posted by Linda on 07/18 at 11:34 AM
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Here’s a start. Not all kitchen related. But good.

Life is like an onion: You peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep.
- - - Carl Sandburg

Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?
- - - William Shakespeare

One can say everything best over a meal.
- - - George Eliot

There are five elements: earth, air, fire, water and garlic.
- - - Louis Diat

There is no sincerer love than the love of food.
George Bernard Shaw

When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.

The earth has received the embrace of the sun and we shall see the results of that love. -Sitting Bull

When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced… Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice. - Cherokee saying

Posted by  on  07/18  at  03:10 PM

MY turn....

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You, too? I thought I was the only one!” - CS Lewis

“If you have built castles in the air...that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” - Henry Thoreau

“Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and follow where they lead.” - Louisa May Alcott

“To miss the joy is to miss all.” - Robert Louis Stevenson

“The house, the stars, the desert - what gives them their beauty is something that is invisible.” - Antoine St. Exupery

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.” - Antoine St. Exupery

“What are we born for?
-For infinite happiness.” - CS Lewis

“Be happy. It is a way of being wise.” - Colette

“‘Stay’ is a charming word in a friend’s vocabulary.” - Amos Bronson Alcott

“The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If you are a dreamer, come in,
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer,
If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fre,
For we have some flax-golden tails to spin.
Come in,
Come in!”
-Shel Silverstein

Posted by supergradstudent!  on  07/19  at  01:53 PM

Lynne Rosetto Kasper of The Splendid Table, a public radio cooking show, always closes with a great pithy quote. The one from this past weekend’s show was:

“A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawnmower is broken.” —Jim Dent

I will find you more.

Posted by c2  on  07/25  at  11:34 AM

This is from the introduction to (found on Wikiquote). It’s obviously a little long, but it can be cut (e.g., just use the last sentence and replace the “also” with an ellipsis):

Chocolate is a psychoactive food. It is made from the seeds of the tropical cacao tree, Theobroma cacao. The cacao tree was named by the 17th century Swedish naturalist, Linnaeus. The Greek term theobroma means literally “food of the gods”. Chocolate has also been called the food of the devil; but the theological basis of this claim is obscure.

Also from Wikiquote, their entries on lasagna:

“We shall feast our grape-gleaners with lasagne so tempting to swallow in slippery ropes.” —Robert Browning, “Englishman in Italy”

“Go hang a salami, I’m a lasagna hog.” —Palindrome attributed to Baby Gramps

“I never met a Lasagna I didn’t like.” —Garfield, paraphrasing Will Rogers

And some from Wikiquote’s cheese category:

“A slice of pie without cheese is like a kiss without a squeeze.” —Stephen King, Firestarter

“Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.” —GK Chesterton

“Many’s the long night I’ve dreamed of cheese — toasted, mostly.” —Robert Louis Stevenson

Posted by c2  on  07/25  at  11:54 AM

Christian, I’m not painting any of those on my wall. Although chocolate, lasagna, and cheese are all wonderful things, I plan to keep it more generic in case I develop some random allergy to a specific food group that then makes me hate the existence of the quote on my wall.

You’ll have to try better than that if you want the cookies. wink

Kristen and Tanya have a couple under consideration, but so far nothing really stands out as the perfect quote. Sigh. Maybe I have to settle for less than perfection yet again…

Posted by  on  07/26  at  08:49 AM

Wait!  I’ve been a little busy, as you know, but just last night I started thinking about some quotes to suggest.  I need a little more time, though, so please be patient for a few more days! smile

*crossing my fingers in hopes of finding “the one"*

PS - I think it’s funny my captcha word is “moved.” I think you know why. smile

Posted by Joan  on  07/26  at  09:14 AM

Haha. Yes, you have at least another week to think about some quotes. And, to be honest, you and C2 probably get some cookies anyway for the hours upon hours of helping me pack. But that guarantee that I think of you every time I walk into my kitchen is still up for grabs.

Posted by  on  07/26  at  09:19 AM

OK, here are a few preliminary finds, but I’m still working…

“Chameleons feed on light and air:
Poet’s food is love and fame.”
- Percy Bysshe Shelley, An Exhortation

“It’s food too fine for angels; yet come, take
And eat thy fill! It’s Heaven’s sugar cake.”
-Edward Taylor, “Sacramental Meditations”

“So I commend the enjoyment of life, because nothing is better for a man under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany him in his work all the days of the life God has given him under the sun.”
-Ecclesiastes 8:15 NIV (could be truncated and/or use a different translation)

“If all be true that I do tihnk,
There are five reasons we should drink:
Good wine - a friend - or being dry -
Or lest we should be by and by -
Or any other reason why.”
-Henry Aldrich, “Five Reasons for Drinking”

“ I will drink
Life to the lees.”
-Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Ulysses

Posted by Joan  on  07/27  at  10:23 AM

“Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need - a homely home and simple pleasures, one or two friends, worth the name, someone to love and someone to love you, a cat, a dog, and a pipe or two, enough to eat and enough to wear, and a little more than enough to drink; for thirst is a dangerous thing.
-Jerome Klapka Jerome, Three Men in a Boat
(maybe take out the cat/dog/pipe part?)

“I like work: it fascinates me.  I can sit and look at it for hours.  I love to keep it by me; the idea of getting rid of it nearly breaks my heart.”
(not really on topic, but seemed apropros to you)

“I drink to the general joy of the whole table.”
-Shakespeare, Macbeth

“Now is the time for drinking, now the time to beat the earth with unfettered foot.”
-Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Odes

“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”
-Anais Nin, The Diary of Anais Nin

“Happy is the house that shelters a friend.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Friendship”
(similar to one from Kristen)

“A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of Nature.”

“A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him, I may think aloud.”

“The only reward of virtue is virtue; the only way to have a friend is to be one.”

“A friend is, as it were, a second self.”
-(Marcus Tullius) Cicero, De Amicitia

“So long as we love we serve; so long as we are loved by others, I would almost say that we are indispensable; and no man is useless while he has a friend.”
-Robert Louis Stevenson, Across the Plains. Lay Morals

“How happy is he born and taught,
That serveth not another’s will;
Whose armor is his honest thought,
And simple truth his utmost skill!
Who God doth late and early pray,
More of his grace than gifts to send,
And entertains the harmless day
With a well-chosen book or friend.”
-Sir Henry Wotton, “The Character of a Happy Life” st. 1&5

“We may live without poetry, music and art;
We may live without conscience, and live without heart;
We may live without friends; we may live without books;
But civilized man cannot live without cooks.”
-Edward Robert Bulwer-Lytton, Earl of Lytton (Owen Meredith), Lucile

“Genius does what is must, and talent does what it can.”
-Edward Robert Bulwer-Lytton, Earl of Lytton (Owen Meredith), Last Words of a Sensitive Second-Rate Poet

“Verily great grace may go
With a little gift; and precious are all things that come from friends.”
-Theocritus, Idylls

Posted by Joan  on  07/27  at  01:22 PM

On “home”:

’Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam,
Be it ever so humble, there ’s no place like home;
-J. Howard Payne, Home, Sweet Home

At home one relies on parents; away from home one relies on friends.
-Chinese proverb

Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration.
-Charles Dickens, Martin Chuzzlewit

“Home” is any four walls that enclose the right person.
-Helen Rowland, “Reflections of a Bachelor Girl”

Home—that blessed word, which opens to the human heart the most perfect glimpse of Heaven, and helps to carry it thither, as on an angel’s wings.
-Lydia M. Child, Letters from New York

The home should be the treasure chest of living.
-Le Corbusier, On need for spaciously separated skycrapers, recalled on his death 27 Aug 65

Things are always better at home than a mile away.
-Chinese proverb

A house is a home when it shelters the body and comforts the soul.
-Phillip Moffitt, “Everyman’s Xanadu”

amusingly accurate (for you, me, and most of our friends):
I am a working woman. I take care of a home. I hold down a job. I am nuts.
-Barbara Dale, The Working Woman Book

too long, but I couldn’t resist sharing:
This is something that I cherish. Once in a friend’s home I came across this blessing, and took it down in shorthand … it says something I like to live with: “Oh Thou, who dwellest in so many homes, possess Thyself of this. Bless the life that is sheltered here. Grant that trust and peace and comfort abide within, and that love and life and usefulness may go out from this home forever.”
-Claudia (Lady Bird) Johnson, On her family’s home, CBS TV 12 Aug 64

Everyone has, I think, in some quiet corner of his mind, an ideal home waiting to become a reality.
-Paige Rense, Editor, forward to Designer’s Own Homes

Posted by Joan  on  08/10  at  05:01 PM

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