Proverbs and quotes spice our language. Here is a collection of proverbs and quotes about spices.
A man who is stingy with saffron is capable of seducing his own grandmother.
A small pepper is hotter than a large pepper.
An ass does not know the importance of saffron.
(A stupid person does not know the importance of quality.)
And they took the body of Jesus and wound it in linen clothes with the spices and aloes as the manner of the Jews is to bury.
As keen as mustard
Caraway is not threshed with a sledge, nor is the wheel of a cart rolled over cumin; caraway is beaten out with a rod, and cumin with a stick.
Don't be afraid of the chili pepper, even though it's so red.
He who has plenty of pepper may season his food as he likes.
Heart with pepper, soul with garlic.
How can you be burnt by chilies which you have not eaten?
How fair is your love, my sister, my spouse! how much better is your love than wine! and the smell of your ointments than all spices!
Song of Solomon
I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth.
It’s better to eat pepper and be happy than to eat honey and be sad.
Mustard after the meal
Spikenard and saffron; calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense; myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices:
Song of Solomon
The difference between herbs and spices is that herbs come from the leafy part of plants and spices from the wood, seed, fruit, or other nonleafy part.
The human tongue is like wasabi: it’s very powerful, and should be used sparingly.
To put saffron in cooking sheep’s paunch.
(Wasting resources or talent.)
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
Variety is the spice of life.
(Doing many different things makes life more interesting.)
Whoever eats chili gets burned.
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.