Oyster Quotes

Quotes tagged as "oyster" (showing 1-25 of 25)
Mehek Bassi
“In the sea of my emotions, his presence is like a pearl in the oyster. Very hard to locate, yet very precious and still beautiful.”
Mehek Bassi, Chained: Can you escape fate?

Chuck Palahniuk
“Old-time ranchers planted cheatgrass because it would green up fast in the spring and provide early forage for grazing cattle,” Oyster says, nodding his head at the world outside.

This first patch of cheatgrass was in southern British Columbia, Canada, in 1889. But fire spreads it. Every year, it dries to gunpowder, and now land that used to burn every ten years, it burns every year. And the cheatgrass recovers fast. Cheatgrass loves fire. But the native plants, the sagebrush and desert phlox, they don’t. And every year it burns, there’s more cheatgrass and less anything else. And the deer and antelope that depended on those other plants are gone now. So are the rabbits. So are the hawks and owls that ate the rabbits. The mice starve, so the snakes that ate the mice starve.

Today, cheatgrass dominates the inland deserts from Canada to Nevada, covering an area over twice the size of the state of Nebraska and spreading by thousands of acres per year.

The big irony is, even cattle hate cheatgrass, Oyster says. So the cows, they eat the rare native bunch grasses. What’s left of them...

“When you think about it from a native plant perspective,” Oyster says, “Johnny Appleseed was a fucking biological terrorist.”

Johnny Appleseed, he says, might as well be handing out smallpox.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Lullaby

Lewis Carroll
“You're enough to try the patience of an oyster!”
Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

Trebor Healey
“The world is your oyster, they say, so fill it with pearls of semen.”
Trebor Healey, A Horse Named Sorrow

Sarah Waters
“It was odd to see her stepping out of that gloomy place, like a pearl coming out of an oyster.”
Sarah Waters, Fingersmith

“You can make an oyster surrender its pearl,” Clara says. “All you need is persistence and a sharp enough knife.”
John Langan, The Fisherman

Anne Ursu
“Charlotte sighed inwardly. She knew her mother was serious when she started referring to shellfish. What did that mean, anyway? What's so great about the world being your oyster? Does that mean it's really hard to open, and when you do, you have something slimy and gross on the inside?”
Anne Ursu, The Shadow Thieves

“Pearls are at the heart of an oyster.”
Anthony T. Hincks

George Berkeley
“I had rather be an oyster than a man,
the most stupid and senseless of animals.”
George Berkeley
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Ambrose Bierce
“Oyster, n. A slimy, gobby shellfish which civilization gives men the hardihood to eat without removing its entrails!”
Ambrose Bierce
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William Shakespeare
“I will not be sworn but love may transform me to an oyster,
but I’ll take my oath on it, till he have made an oyster of me,
he shall never make me such a fool. One woman is fair, yet
I am well; another is wise, yet I am well; another virtuous,
yet I am well; but till all graces be in one woman, one
woman shall not come in my grace. Rich she shall be, that’s
certain; wise, or I’ll none; virtuous, or I’ll never cheapen
her; fair, or I’ll ever look on her; mild, or come not near
me; noble, or not I for an angel; of good discourse, an
excellent musician, and her hair shall be of what color it
please God. Ha! The Prince and Monsieur Love! I will hide
me in the arbor.”
William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing
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Guy de Maupassant
“Describing Ostend oysters: "small and rich, looking like little ears enfolded in shells, and melting between the palate and the tongue like salted sweets.”
Guy de Maupassant, Bel-Ami
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James VI & I
“He was a very valiant man who first adventured on eating of oysters.”
James VI & I
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“Oysters are the usual opening to a winter breakfast. Indeed, they are almost indispensable.”
Alexandre Balthazar Laurent Grimod de La Reynière
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Henry Ward Beecher
“An oyster, that marvel of delicacy, that concentration of sapid excellence, that mouthful before all other mouthfuls, who first had faith to believe it, and courage to execute? the exterior is not persuasive.”
Henry Ward Beecher
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Andrew Carnegie
“The first man gets the oyster, the second man gets the shell.”
Andrew Carnegie
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Cecil Day-Lewis
“poetry is not—except in a very limited sense—a form of self-expression. Who on earth supposes that the pearl expresses the oyster?”
Cecil Day-Lewis, Selected Poetry

Gustave Flaubert
“I live absolutely like an oyster.”
Gustave Flaubert
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Victor Hugo
“From the oyster to the eagle, from the swine to the tiger, all animals are to be found in men and each of them exists in some man, sometimes several at the time. Animals are nothing but the portrayal of our virtues and vices made manifest to our eyes, the visible reflections of our souls. God displays them to us to give us food for thought.”
Victor Hugo
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“The truth in every myth is the pearl in every oyster.”
J. Earp

“A pearl may come from an oyster, but it belongs in our heart.”
Anthony T. Hincks

“Oysters speaking doesn't give a pearl. (Les huîtres qui parlent - N'ont pas de perle)”
Charles de Leusse

“A pearl's first love will always be her oyster.”
Anthony T.Hincks

“A pearl will love her oyster, first & foremost.”
Anthony T.Hincks

“Plastic will be the new pearl of the ocean.”
Anthony T. Hincks