Gingerbread Quotes

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Gingerbread Quotes

"And I had but one penny in the world. Thou should’st have it to buy gingerbread." – William Shakespeare, Love’s Labours Lost

"The child with his sweet pranks, the fool of his senses, commanded by every sight and sound, without any power to compare and rank his sensations, abandoned to a whistle or a painted chip, to a lead dragoon, or a gingerbread dog, individualizing everything, generalizing nothing, delighted with every new thing, lies down at night overpowered by the fatigue, which this day of continual pretty madness has incurred. But Nature has answered her purpose with the curly, dimpled lunatic. She has tasked every faculty, and has secured the symmetrical growth of the bodily frame, by all these attitudes and exertions /an end of the first importance, which could not be trusted to any care less perfect than her own." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"How could one be in this world without feeling dismayed by it? Even if one paints flowers and gingerbread." - Gerhard Richter, German Artist, born 1932

From the Gingerbread House:
Naomi: "Lily, you're not talking about muffins here, this is a gingerbread house from scratch, this is hard. Remember childbirth? This is harder. So is this for Rick?"
Lily: "What? No. I would never do Rick a gingerbread house. He'd probably just renovate it or something."

 

Definitions

- E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.

Gingerbread Husbands: Gingerbread cakes fashioned like men and gilt, commonly sold at fairs up to the middle of the nineteenth century.

- The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000

gingerbread:
1a. A dark molasses cake flavored with ginger.
b. A soft molasses and ginger cookie cut in various shapes, sometimes elaborately decorated.

2a. Elaborate ornamentation. b. Superfluous or tasteless embellishment, especially in architecture.

ETYMOLOGY: Middle English gingebred, a stiff pudding, preserved ginger, alteration (influenced by bred, bread, bread) of Old French gingembrat, from Medieval Latin *gingibrtum, from gingiber, ginger.

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