A collection of quotes and proverbs about rice, maize, wheat and other cereals.

For a collection of Dutch proverbs about cereals, see: granen.



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God gives the wheat, He doesn't bake the bread.

Good corn is not reaped from a bad field.

Green maize abounds at the houses of those without teeth.

Growing rice gives you more than poetry will.

He knows how many grains to a bushel of wheat.

He that will have a cake out of the wheat must tarry the grinding.

He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it.

He's sowing his wild oats.

If in February there be no rain, 'tis neither good for hay nor grain.

If the brain sows not corn, it plants thistles.

If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.

If you borrow some chaff from the rich man you have to repay him with wheat.

If you cure a monkey of its tooth ache its your maize farm that suffers.

If you plant rice, rice will grow. If you plant fear, fear will grow.

Kung Fu

If you wish to make an impact for one year, plant corn; if you wish to make an impact for a generation, plant a tree; if you wish to make an impact for an eternity, educate a child.

In Britain corn has meant any grain since the time of the Anglo-Saxons. It also came to signify any small round object, which explains the corns on your feet. Corned beef is so called because originally it was cured in kernels of salt. Because of the importance of maize in America, the word corn became attached to maize exclusively in the early eighteenth century.

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Bill Bryson

In the age of acorns, before the times of Ceres, a single barley-corn had been of more value to mankind than all the diamonds of the mines of India.

Henry Brooke

It is a poor horse that is not worth his oats.

It is in the eyes of a lazy man that maize will ripen.

It is not the horse that draws the cart, but the oats.

It is safe to lend barley to him who has oats.

It's a very proud horse that will not carry his oats.

Let him who dreads the sparrows sow no oats.

Luck is like having a rice dumpling fly into your mouth.


Maize cannot get justice in a chicken's court.

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