NUTS TO THOSE QUOTATIONS
Posted by Zel Allen's nutgourmet on March 23, 2009
I’m often amazed at how often the words “nut” or “nuts” or mention of particular nuts enter into conversations, jokes, comparisons, political commentary, and famous quotations. Below are a few quotations to ponder, some from well-known literary figures and some less familiar. The frequent mention of nuts in famous quotations speaks for the important role they have played in daily life throughout history.
For years I’ve heard people using expressions like “so and so is a tough nut to crack,” or “That’s a nutty idea,” or “We’re all a little nuts.” I find myself using expressions like “nutty,” “nut case,” and “totally nuts” when referring to myself, or on occasion, when referring to someone else.
What is it about nuts that invites this notion of craziness or being out of step with reality in such a humorous, non-confrontational manner? I certainly don’t have the answer, but I do often wonder why nuts make us just a little nutty from time to time.
“I’m Charley’s aunt from Brazil–Where the nuts come from.”– Brandon Thomas, playwright, Charley’s Aunt (1892)
“Pistachio nuts, the red ones, cure any problem.”–Paula Danziger, American children’s author
“Anything will give up its secrets if you love it enough. Not only have I found that when I talk to the little flower or to the little peanut they will give up their secrets, but I have found that when I silently commune with people they give up their secrets also – if you love them enough.” –George Washington Carver, scientist and inventor
“Sweetest nut hath sourest rind.”–William Shakespeare in As You Like It, act 3, sc. 2, l. 155-7.
All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut. –Anne Brontë, British novelist and poet In Agnes Grey, ch. 1 (1847).
Even to this day, no native Australian animal species and only one plant species–the macadamia nut–have proved suitable for domestication. There still are no domestic kangaroos.–Jared Diamond, professor of geography and physiology