Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Some Thoughts on Cheese


“Cheese - milk’s leap to immortality.” 

- Clifton Fadiman 

“A cheese may disappoint. It may be dull, it may be naive, it may be over sophisticated. Yet it remains, cheese, milk’s leap toward immortality.” 

-Clifton Fadiman 

Three years!" I cried. "Were you shipwrecked?" 

"Nay, mate," said he; "marooned." 

I had heard the word, and I knew it stood for a horrible kind of punishment common enough among the buccaneers, in which the offender is put ashore with a little powder and shot and left behind on some desolate and distant island. 

"Marooned three years agone," he continued, "and lived on goats since then, and berries, and oysters. Wherever a man is, says I, a man can do for himself. But, mate, my heart is sore for Christian diet. You mightn't happen to have a piece of cheese about you, now? No? Well, many's the long night I've dreamed of cheese-toasted, mostly - and woke up again, and here I were." 

"If ever I can get aboard again," said I, "you shall have cheese by the stone." 

- Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island, Ch 15 The Man on the Island (the finding of castaway Ben Gunn by Jim Hawkins) 

“God defend me from that Welsh fairy, 
Lest he transform me to a piece of cheese!” 

- William Shakespeare, Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor 

“How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?” 

- Charles De Gaulle 

Merrily taking twopenny ale and cheese with a pocket knife;
But these were luxuries not for him who went for the Simple Life." 

- G K Chesterton 

“A dinner which ends without cheese is like a beautiful woman with only one eye.” 

- Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin 

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