Adam and Eve ate an apple. That apple and many more fruits can be found in the following collection of proverbs and quotes.

There is also a page with a Dutch version of proverbs about fruits.

“I hope I never smell the smell of apples again!” said Fili. “My tub was full of it. To smell apples everlastingly when you can scarcely move and are cold and sick with hunger is maddening. I could eat anything in the wide world now, for hours on end – but not an apple!”

The Hobbit – Chapter 10 – A warm welcome
J.R.R. Tolkien

.. spent hours at a time floating along after Umbridge and blowing loud raspberries every time she spoke.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling
About Peeves

South away! and South away!
Seek the sunlight and the day,
Back to pasture, back to mead,
Where the kine and oxen feed!
Back to gardens on the hills
Where the berry swells and fills
Under sunlight, under day!
South away! and South away!

The Hobbit – Chapter 9 – Barrels Out of Bond
J.R.R. Tolkien
Part of a song by the elves

A bad tree does not yield good apples.

A black plum is as sweet as a white.

A cherry year, a merry year; a plum year, a dumb year.

A coconut shell full of water is a sea to an ant.


A coconut shell full of water is an ocean to an ant.

A cooked tomato is like a cooked oyster: ruined.

Andre Simon

A dead cherry tree will not blossom.

A fig tree with figs turned out to be a ruin with mosquitoes.


A fly does not mind dying in coconut cream.

Africa, Swahili

A fruit tree that grows in a dung heap will certainly blossom.

A fruit-bearing tree is known by its flowers.

A good tree bears good fruit.

A good tree brings forth good fruit.

A goodly apple rotten at the heart: O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath.


A grape that sees another gets ripe.

A jazz musician is a juggler who uses harmonies instead of oranges.

Benny Green

A large spider sat in the middle of a frosted web in the brambles.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling

A lawsuit is a fruit-tree planted in a lawyer’s garden.

A man only takes rosella to the bush to plant one time.

West Africa
A proverb from the Soninke people of West Africa: Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia and Guinea Bissau. [Yugo do Sangume wa telle gunne ta banne ya]. The proverb is used in contexts when something only needs to be done once.

A melon forced off its vine is not sweet.

A palm tree growing in the shade will not bear ripe fruit.

A pear tree cannot bear an apple.

A pear will fall to its root.

A pear will never fall into a closed mouth.

A ripe pear is more likely to fall in the shit than onto the clean ground.

A rotten apple spoils the barrel.

A bad person can have a bad influence on the group they belong to.

A stone from the hand of a friend is an apple.

A strange land is a bilberry; one’s own land is a strawberry.

A strawberry blossom will not moisten dry bread.

A strawberry blossom will not sweeten dry bread.

A strawberry doesn’t ripen according to the wishes of a monkey.

A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy.

Albert Einstein

A tree is known by its fruit.

A tree, a religion, a school, and parents are judged by the fruits they produce.

A woman and a cherry are painted for their own harm.

A woman and a melon are hard to choose.

A woman’s belly is a garden with many kinds of fruit.

A world without tomatoes is like a string quartet without violins.

Laurie Colwin

About the woodlands I will go, to see the cherry hung with snow.

A.E. Housman

Adam ate the apple, and our teeth still ache.

All birds will flock to a fruitful tree.

All good things which exist are the fruits of originality.

John Stuart Mill

All the fruit is not found in just one field.

Almond nuts come to those who have no teeth.


An ant guarding a mango.

Used for a boy who is careful not to let other boys near his girlfriend.

An ant watching over a bunch of mangoes.

Worrying about something you will not get any benefit from.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

An apple cleft in two is not more twin than these two creatures .


An apple-pie without some cheese is like a kiss without a squeeze.

An ass does not appreciate fruit compote.

An old banana leaf was once young and green.

An orange never bears a lime.

And the fruits will outdo what the flowers have promised.

Francois de Malherbe

Anyone can count the number of seeds in an apple, but only God can count the number of apples in a seed.

Robert H. Schuller

Apple blossoms are beautiful, but rice dumplings are better.

Are you nuts?

As the tree, so the fruit.

As the tree, so the fruit; as the mistress, so the maid.

As they went on Bilbo looked from side to side for something to eat; but the blackberries were still only in flower, and of course there were no nuts, not even hawthorn-berries.

The Hobbit: Or There and Back Again
J. R. R. Tolkien

Avoid fruits and nuts. You are what you eat.

Jim Davis

Avoid suspicion: when walking through your neighbor’s melon patch, don’t tie your shoe.

Avoid suspicion: when you’re walking through your neighbor’s melon patch, don’t tie your shoe.

Chinese proverb

Away from home the girl picks forbidden fruit.

Beautiful grapes often make poor wine.

Beauty may have fair leaves, yet bitter fruit.

Beneath these green mountains where spring rules the year, the irbarbutus and loquat in season appear, and feasting on lychee, 300 a day, I shouldn’t mind staying eternally here.

Su Shih, Chinese poet

Better a handful of dry dates and content therewith than to own the Gate of Peacocks and be kicked in the eye by a broody camel.

Better an apple pie than apple blossom.

Big trees cast more shadow than fruit.

Bitter fruit will fall before the ripe.

Break open a cherry tree and there are no flowers, but the spring breeze brings forth myriad blossoms.

But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.

Psalms 52:8

California is a fine place to live – if you happen to be an orange.

Fred Allen

Color is the fruit of life.

Guillaume Apollinaire

Crime leaves a trail like a water beetle; like a snail, it leaves its silver track; like a horse-mango, it leaves its smell.


Deeds are fruits, words are only leaves.

Different men have different opinions; some prefer apples, some onions.

Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

Do not plant two kinds of seed in your vineyard; if you do, not only the crops you plant but also the fruit of the vineyard will be defiled.

Deuteronomy 22:9

Dogs don’t like bananas, but can’t bear to think chickens eat them.

Don’t call me a little olive until you’ve picked me.

Don’t expect a cherry tree from an acorn.

Don’t marry a girl who wants strawberries in January.

Don’t shake the tree when the pears fall off themselves.

Don’t show me the palm tree, show me the dates.

Don’t upset the apple cart.

Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did.

William Butler, about strawberry.

Durian: tastes like heaven … smells like hell.

Eat coconuts while you have teeth.

Education is only a ladder to gather fruit from the tree of knowledge, not the fruit itself.

Elm trees have beautiful branches but hardly ever bear fruit.

Encountering a fallen Durian.

Good luck.

Even without drumbeats, banana leaves dance.

Every cider apple has a worm.

Every fresh banana leaf should eventually become a dry banana leaf.

Every raisin contains a pip.

Everything is not all peaches and cream.

Except the vine, there is no plant which bears a fruit of as great importance as the olive.


Fifty lemons are a load for one person, but for fifty persons they are perfume.

Fine fruit will have flies about it.

New England

Flower of this purple dye, Hit with Cupid’s archery, Sink in apple of his eye

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 1590

For an apple and an egg.

For every grape a hundred wasps.


Forbidden fruit is sweet.

Forbidden fruit is sweetest.

From little date seeds, great things are born.

Fruit should pay for the welfare of leaves.

Fruits of the same tree have different tastes; children of the same mother have various qualities.

Gather the breadfruit from the farthest branches first.

Give an apple to the little ones, a book to the old.

Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

Grapes are eaten one by one.

Grapes do not grow in a willow tree.

Grapes picked too early don’t even make good vinegar.

Great trees give more shade than fruit.

Half an orange tastes as sweet as a whole one.

Half figs, half raisins.

Handsome apples are sometimes sour.

Harvard takes perfectly good plums as students, and turns them into prunes.

Frank Lloyd Wright

He ate one fig and he thought the autumn had come.

He had a blue coat and a long brown beard; his eyes were blue and bright, and his face was red as a ripe apple, but creased into a hundred wrinkles of laughter.

The Fellowship of the Ring
J. R. R. Tolkien
Description of Tom Bombadil

He has fallen from the donkey, but has found a date.

He is a fool who praises the fruit of a tree and forgets its roots.

He is my first olive: let me make a face while I swallow it.

North and South
Elizabeth Gaskell

He nibbled a bit of sorrel, and he drank from a small mountain-stream that crossed the path, and he ate three wild strawberries that he found on its bank, but it was not much good.

The Hobbit: Or There and Back Again
J. R. R. Tolkien

He on whose head we would break a coconut never stands still.

He that would eat the fruit must climb the tree.

He that would have fruit must climb the tree.

Thomas Fuller

He told them tales of bees and flowers, the ways of trees, and the strange creatures of the Forest, about the evil things and good things, things friendly and things unfriendly, cruel things and kind things, and secrets hidden under brambles.

The Fellowship of the Ring
J. R. R. Tolkien
About Tom Bombadil

He told them tales of bees and flowers, the ways of trees, and the strange creatures of the Forest, about the evil things and the good things, things friendly and things unfriendly, cruel things and kind things, and secrets hidden under brambles.

The Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring
J.R.R. Tolkien
About Tom Bombadil

He who eats cherries with gentlemen risks getting the pips in his nose.

He who likes cherries soon learns to climb.

He who plants a coconut tree plants vessels and clothing, food and drink, a habitation for himself and a heritage for his children.

He who selects coconut with great care ends up getting a bad coconut.

He who tends the fig tree will eat its fruit, And he who cares for his master will be honored.

Proverbs 27:18

He who would enjoy the fruit must not spoil the blossoms.

He’s hardly a sour grape, yet behaves like a raisin.

His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon.


Hold out the olive branch.

Home grown tomatoes, home grown tomatoes What would life be like without homegrown tomatoes? Only two things that money can’t buy. That’s true love and home grown tomatoes.

John Denver

Homes among homes and grapevines among grapevines.

I don’t go for the nouvelle approach-serving a rabbit rump with coffee extract sauce and a slice of kiwi fruit.

Jeff Smith

I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.

Abraham Lincoln

I have tied my goat to a jujube tree.

I think that if you shake the tree, you ought to be around when the fruit falls to pick it up.

Mary Cassatt

I want to do to you what spring does with the cherry trees.

Pablo Neruda

I would lead thee, and bring thee into my mother’s house, who would instruct me; I would cause thee to drink of spiced wine, of the juice of my pomegranate.

Song of Solomon 8:2

I would lead you and bring you to my mother’s house–she who has taught me. I would give you spiced wine to drink, the nectar of my pomegranates.

Song of Solomon 8:2

If an ox doesn’t know the size of his arse he won’t eat an apricot stone.

If heaven above lets fall a plum, open your mouth.

If heaven drops a date, open your mouth.

If life is a bowl of cherries, then what am I doing in the pits?

Erma Bombeck

If the prince wants an apple, his servants take the tree.

If there is no apple one eats a little carrot.

If tomatoes are technically a fruit, is ketchup a smoothie?

If you don’t eat mangos that fall on the ground, be sure to be strong enough to pick ones on the tree.

If you had teeth of steel, you could eat iron coconuts.

If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.

George Bernard Shaw

If you have figs in your knapsack, everyone will want to be your friend.

If you plant melons, you get melons; if you plant beans, you get beans.

If you want apples, you have to shake the trees.

If you want to know the taste of a pear, you must change the pear by eating it yourself. If you want to know the theory and methods of revolution, you must take part in revolution. All genuine knowledge originates in direct experience.

Mao Tse-Tung

If you were looking at where you would like your career to go, then you would have to cherry pick The Stones. People love coming to see them. They are it, they are the most definitive rock n roll band ever.

Andy Taylor

If you would enjoy the fruit, pluck not the flower.

In a tree that you can’t climb, there are always a thousand fruits.

In every pomegranate a decayed pip is to be found.

In the cherry blossom’s shade, there’s no such thing as a stranger.


In the olive grove, a wise man at the feet and a wild man at the head.


It is only the fruit-laden tree that receives the shower of stones from passersby.

It is the fate of the coconut husk to float, for the stone to sink.

It is the fool whose own tomatoes are sold to him.


It was like a species of the Tamarind tree, bearing fruit which resembled grapes extremely fine; and its fragrance extended to a considerable distance. I exclaimed, How beautiful is this tree, and how delightful is its appearance!

Prophet Enoch about the tree of knowledge

It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.

Lewis Grizzard

Kent, sir — everybody knows Kent — apples, cherries, hops, and women.

Charles Dickens

Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

Late fruit keeps well.

Leaves enough, but few grapes.

Life is just a bowl of cherries.

Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.

Kahlil Gibran

Like a cucumber versus a durian.

This refers to the struggle between the weak and the strong. The strong (i.e. the durian) will always win.

Like a prune, you are not getting any better looking, but you are getting sweeter.

N. D. Stice

Like grape, like bud. Like father, like son.

Little by little grow the bananas.

Looking at a tree see its fruit; looking at a man see his deeds.

Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.

Mother Teresa

Love is often the fruit of marriage.

Lower your head modestly while passing and you will harvest bananas.

Man is like a banana: when he leaves the bunch, he gets skinned.

Mango among fruits, pork among meats, tea among leaves.

Mangosteen is the Queen of Fruits.

Many a rose-cheeked apple is rotten at the core.

Many flowers, few fruits.

Marriage is a little bit like buying melons, you need a little luck.

Maybe God created the desert so that man could appreciate the date trees.

The Alchemist
Paulo Coelho

Men will only throw stones at trees that are laden with fruit.

Mock the palm tree only when the date harvest is over.

Money buys cherries.

Neither give cherries to pigs nor advice to fools.

Never look for a worm in the apple of your eye.

No apple tree is immune from worms.


No melon peddler cries, ‘Bitter melons’. No wine dealer says, ‘Sour wine’.

No sane person sharpens his machete to cut a banana tree.

Not all the tree’s blossoms will bear fruit.

O excellent! I love long life better than figs.

William Shakespeare

Once you taste a pineapple, you’ll never go for any other fruit.

Swahili: Ukila nanasi, tunda lingine basi

One armpit cannot hold two watermelons.

One bad apple spoils the bunch.

One eats figs whilst the other pays.

One gives a melon, the other gets the stomach cramps.

One hand can’t hold two watermelons.

One is wise to cultivate the tree that bears fruit in our soul.

Henry David Thoreau

One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

One of the two partners always bites the best part of the apple.

One rotten apple spoils the whole barrel.

One who plants grapes by the road side, and one who marries a pretty woman, share the same problem.

Only the knife knows the heart of a pineapple.

Only the man who is not hungry says the coconut has a hard shell.

Only when you have eaten a lemon do you appreciate what sugar is.

Other land blueberry; own land strawberry.

Patience is a tree whose root is bitter, but its fruit is very sweet.

Patience is bitter but its fruits are sweet.

Patience is bitter, but it bears sweet fruit.

Peel a fig for your friend, a peach for your enemy.

Pick up a sesame seed only to lose a watermelon.

Pick your friends like you pick your fruit.

Pizza with pineapple, that’s a cake… Pizza with cucumber, it’s an insult.

Alessio vinci

Poor Richard was to me as an eldest son, the apple of my eye.

Sir Walter Scott, in Old Mortality, 1816

Prickly pear trees don’t produce peaches.

Rather a single grape for me than a brace of figs for thee.

Real friends will share even a strawberry.

Receive a plum, return a peach.

Ripe fruit falls by itself, but it does not fall into your mouth.

September brings acorn and olives.

Sharing figs can leave you with none at all.

She's as sweet as a nut.

North and South
Elizabeth Gaskell

Small choice in rotten apples.

Some men will build a wine cellar when they have found just one grape.

Someone once threw me a small, brown, hairy kiwi fruit, and I threw a wastebasket over it until it was dead.

Erma Bombeck

Sometimes it is better to give your apple away, than to eat it yourself.

Stolen fruit is the sweetest.

Strawberries and cream are all kindness and no common sense, for they'll give him a horrid fit of indigestion.

Wives and Daughters
Elizabeth Gaskell

Swallow a date with its stone.

Teacher: "George Washington not only chopped down his father's Cherry tree, but also admitted doing it. Now do you know why his father didn't punish him?"

Student: "Because George still had the axe in his hand."

Teeth as sugar apple seeds.

Originates from an old fashion of Vietnamese ladies. In the 19th century and earlier, fashionable ladies used to stain their teeth in black. The white teethed ladies were ordinary and not so fashionable.

The apple cannot be stuck back on the tree of knowledge.

The apple does not fall far from the tree.

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Children will look like or behave like their parents.

The apple falls on the head that’s under it.

The best cook drops a whole tomato.


The better the fruit, the more wasps to eat it.


The blacker the berry the sweeter the juice.

The branch bearing the most fruit bends itself thankfully towards the ground.

The cherry blossom among flowers, the warrior among men.

The children eat the fruit and the father sleeps on the peel.

The diligent farmer plants trees, of which he himself will never see the fruit.

Latin: Abores serit diligens agricola, quarum adspiciet baccam ipse numquam.

The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1:12

The end of a novel, like the end of a children’s dinner-party, must be made up of sweetmeats and sugar-plums.

Anthony Trollope

The fire is winter’s fruit.

The fruit of silence is tranquility.

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who is wise wins souls.

Proverbs 11:30

The fruits of a tree on the roadside are never eaten ripe.

The good men seem to be like coconuts. Others are like the jujube fruit.

Beautiful only on the outside but sour inside.

The grape is not ripened by the rays of the moon.

The grapes are sour.

The hanging fruit is never too heavy for the creeper to bear.

The higher the tree, the sweeter the plum.

The man for me is the cherry on the pie. But I’m the pie and my pie is good all by itself. Even if I don’t have a cherry.

Halle Berry

The most beautiful fig may contain a worm.


The nice apples are always eaten by nasty pigs.

The night may be dark, but the apples have been counted.

The old monkey gets the apple.

The oldest trees bear the softest fruits.

The oldest trees often bear the sweetest fruit.

The olive grove of your grandfather, the cherry trees of your father, and your grape vines.

The only thing better than this is an apricot in Damascus.

It doesn’t get any better than this.

The pumpkin vine never bears watermelons.

The rose has its thorn, the peach its worm.

The rotten apple injures its neighbour.

The summer dream beneath the tamarind tree.

Edgar Allan Poe

The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.


The sweetest grapes hang highest.

The tree of silence bears the fruit of peace.

The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.


The trees with most leaves will not necessarily produce juicy fruit.

The wild pear has blossomed: the kid goat no longer suffers.

The words of elders are like the gooseberry: bitter at first, then sweet.

The world has always been like this: one man feasts on the jackfruit and the other gets stuck in the sap.

Then God said, ‘Let the land burst forth with every sort of grass and seed-bearing plant. And let there be trees that grow seed-bearing fruit. The seeds will then produce the kinds of plants and trees from which they came.’ And so it was. The land was filled with seed-bearing plants and trees, and their seeds produced plants and trees of like kind. And God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1:11-12

Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings.

Genesis 3:7

There are many who throw stones at a red apple.

There are only ten minutes in the life of a pear when it is perfect to eat.

There is a devil in every berry of grape.

There is nothing in the world more peaceful than apple-leaves with an early moon.

Alice Meynell

There is something in the red of a raspberry pie that looks as good to a man as the red in a sheep looks to a wolf.

E. W. Howe

There’s no making apples of plums.

There’s small choice in rotten apples.


They say he can talk French as fast as a maid can eat blackberries.

The Return of the Native
Thomas Hardy

They will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes .

Proverbs 1:31

Thought is the blossom, language the bud, action the fruit behind.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.

Groucho Marx

To eat the bitter fruit of one’s own doings.

Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian; Wine and tarragon make it French; Sour cream makes it Russian; Lemon and cinnamon make it Greek; Soy sauce makes it Chinese; Garlic makes it good.

Alice May Brock

Truth is a fruit which should not be plucked until it is ripe.


Two watermelons cannot be held in one hand.

Do not attempt to take on more than you can handle.

Two watermelons cannot be held under one arm.

Unless a tree has borne blossoms in spring, you will vainly look for fruit on it in autumn.

Charles Hare

Using a sledge hammer to crack a nut.

Vanity blossoms but bears no fruit.

Watermelon: a good fruit. You eat, you drink, you wash your face.

We do not rejoice in victories. We rejoice when a new kind of cotton is grown and when strawberries bloom in Israel.

Golda Meir

We will be grateful to flowers only if they have born fruits.

Well, sir, if I could grow apples like that, I would call myself a gardener.

The Fellowship of the Ring
J. R. R. Tolkien

What is good of a red apple if it has a worm?

What is more mortifying than to feel that you have missed the plum for want of courage to shake the tree?

Logan Pearsall Smith

What you give to others bears fruit for yourself.

When a monkey doesn’t get a banana, he eats chillies.

When a ripe fruit sees an honest man, it drops.


When eating a fruit, think of the person who planted the tree.

Vietnamese proverb

When eating the fruit, think of the person who planted the tree.

When I kiss you, it will be an important event – one of those things which stand out among their surroundings like the first time you tasted li-chee.

Lord Peter Wimsey
Have His Carcase
Dorothy L. Sayers

When life hands you a lemon, say, ‘Oh yeah, I like lemons. What else ya got?’

Henry Rollins

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.


When life throws you lemons, make lemonade.

When the apple is ripe it will fall.

When the cocoa ripens, it bursts.


When the figs are ripe all the birds want to eat.

When the fox cannot reach the grapes he says they are not ripe.

When the monkey can’t reach the ripe banana with his hand, he says it is not sweet.

When the monkey can’t reach the ripe banana, he says it is not sweet.

When the pear is ripe, it falls.

When you’re green, you’re growing. When you’re ripe, you rot.

Ray Kroc

Whether the knife falls on the melon or the melon on the knife, the melon suffers.

Who has tasted a sour apple, will have the more relish for a sweet one.

Whoever eats the jackfruit, will be touched by the sap.

Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.


Without wine, even beautiful cherry blossoms have small attraction.

Ye have a ready mouth for a ripe cherry.

Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

Matthew 7:16
King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)

Year of snow fruit will grow.

You always pick the fruits of what you plant.

You are the apple of my eye.

You can count the apples on a tree but you can’t count the trees from one apple.

You can find no pomegranates on a willow tree, nor shame in the wicked.

You can’t compare apples with pears.

You can’t pick up two melons with one hand.

You could never convince a monkey to give you a banana by promising him limitless bananas after death in monkey heaven.

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari

You don’t have to cut a tree down to get at the fruit.

You don’t throw rocks at a green mango.

You forget that the fruits belong to all and that the land belongs to no one.

Jean Jacques Rousseau

You know what a fan letter is? It’s just an inky raspberry.

Bob Hope

You need plant only one cherry and one plum tree.

You need to break the shell in order to have the almond.


You shake in vain the branch that bears no fruit.

Your neighbor’s apples are the sweetest.

Your plants are an orchard of pomegranates, with pleasant fruits; camphire, with spikenard,

Song of Solomon


If you are interested in fruits you will also like the World Crops Database.