Try to eat more vegetables; they are healthy. Have a look at this list of proverbs and quotes about vegetables.

A cat has nine lives, as the onion seven skins.


A cooked tomato is like a cooked oyster: ruined.

Andre Simon

A dealer in onions is a good judge of scallions.


A louse in the cabbage is better than no meat at all.

A meat and potatoes person.

This means someone who prefers plain and simple things.

A small pepper is hotter than a large pepper.

A vegetable garden in the beginning looks so promising and then after all little by little it grows nothing but vegetables, nothing, nothing but vegetables.

Gertrude Stein

A woman is like an artichoke, you must work hard to get to her heart.

Inspector Jacques Clouseau
The Pink Panther, 2006

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

Laurie Colwin

An okra tree does not grow taller than its master.

Sierra Leone
This means that young persons, even with a higher education, can not surpass their elders.

An onion can make people cry but there’s never been a vegetable that can make people laugh.

Will Rogers

As cool as a cucumber.

Calm, unruffled.

Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred.

Better to eat vegetables and fear no creditors, than eat duck and hide from them.

Cabbage: A vegetable about as large and wise as a man’s head.

Ambrose Bierce

Carrot and stick.

This refers to offering a combination of rewards (the carrot) and punishment (the stick) to induce behavior.

Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.

Mark Twain

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

Do not eat garlic or onions; for their smell will reveal that you are a peasant.

Don Quixote

England and the English. As a rule they will refuse even to sample a foreign dish, they regard such things as garlic and olive oil with disgust, life is unlivable to them unless they have tea and puddings.

George Orwell

Fine words butter no parsnips.

Action is better than talking.

For every bean full of weevils God supplies a blind grocer.


Garlic is as good as ten mothers.


Garlic is not only a flavor, it is the secret of happiness.

Garlick maketh a man wynke, drynke, and stynke.

Thomas Nash

He fasted for a whole year and then broke his fast with an onion.


Heart with pepper, soul with garlic.


His memoir is a splendid artichoke of anecdotes, in which not merely the heart and leaves but the thistles as well are edible.

John Leonard

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

I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number of carats in a diamond.

Mae West

I speak of garlic, you reply about onions.


If there is no apple one eats a little carrot.

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

Imagination is the real and eternal world of which this vegetable universe is but a faint shadow.

William Blake

Imagine Italian food without tomatoes, Greek food without eggplant, Thai and Indonesian foods without peanut sauce, curries without chilies, hamburgers without French fries or ketchup, African food without cassava.

At Home
Bill Bryson
Effect of the distribution of new world crops

It is easy to halve the potato where there is love.

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


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

Lewis Grizzard

It’s no use boiling your cabbage twice.

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

Let my words, like vegetables, be tender and sweet, for tomorrow I may have to eat them.

Life is like eating artichokes, you have got to go through so much to get so little.

Thomas Aloysius Dorgan

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.

My idea of heaven is a great big baked potato and someone to share it with.

Oprah Winfrey

No matter if you eat a little or a lot of garlic, the smell is just as strong.


Of a bitter gourd use not even the seed.

A warning against children of bad people.

One must be very suspicious of anyone who does not eat garlic.

Unknown source

Out of the thirty thousand types of edible plants thought to exist on Earth, just eleven – corn, rice, wheat, potatoes, cassava, sorghum, millet, beans, barley, rye, and oats – account for 93 percent of all that humans eat, and every one of them was first cultivated by our Neolithic ancestors.

At Home
Bill Bryson

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

Alessio vinci

Shallots are for babies; Onions are for men; garlic is for heroes.

Unknown source

The best cook drops a whole tomato.


The day is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will set off a revolution.

Paul Cezanne

The garlic said to the onion: ‘you stink.’

The mortar always smells of garlic.


There are five elements: earth, air, fire, water and garlic.

Louis Diat

There is no such thing as a little garlic.

Arthur Baer

These things are just plain annoying. After all the trouble you go to, you get about as much actual ‘food’ out of eating an artichoke as you would from licking 30 or 40 postage stamps.

Miss Piggie

This cabbage, these carrots, these potatoes, these onions … will soon become me. Such a tasty fact!

Mike Garofalo

To a worm in horseradish, the whole world is horseradish.

Jewish proverb

To be tossed around like a hot potato.

To dangle a carrot in front of a donkey.

To tempt someone

To sell cucumbers to the gardener.

A useless act.

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

Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.

Jim Davis

We called the album ‘Amarantine’ to mean everlasting. Poets use the word to describe an everlasting flower and I loved the image of that.

Amaranthus species are grown as ornamental plants for their flowers, or for their grains, or are used as a leaf vegetable.

What garlic is to salad, insanity is to art.

Augustus Saint-Gaudens

When a worm sits in horseradish, it thinks there’s nothing sweeter.

Jewish proverb

Where Basil grows, no evil goes!

Whoever eats chili gets burned.


Without garlic I simply would not care to live.

Louis Diat

You can’t eat okra with just one finger.


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