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Quotations about Leafy Greens
and Green Vegetables

Welcome to my page of quotations about leafy greens, salad greens, leaf vegetables, or whatever edible greens are called in your part of the world. Enjoy the quotes, and eat green!   SEE ALSO:  SALADS GREEN SMOOTHIES VEGETABLES GARDENS VEGETARIANISM HEALTH COLOR GREEN  –ღTerri

Someone has to stand up and say that the answer isn't another pill. The answer is spinach. ~Bill Maher, 2007

Beauty isn't something on the outside. It's your insides that count! You gotta eat green stuff to make sure you're pretty on the inside. ~Animal Crossing: Wild World, a 2005 Nintendo video game written by Takayuki Ikkaku, Arisa Hosaka, and Toshihiro Kawabata

Divine Providence has spread her table everywhere, not with a juiceless green carpet, but with succulent herbage and nourishing grass, upon which most beasts feed. ~Thomas More (1478–1535)

It doesn't matter what you do to kale:  it still tastes like bitter spinach with hair. ~Jim Gaffigan, "Whole Foods Nation," Food: A Love Story, 2014

Wouldn't it be awful if spinach hain't really healthful after all th' trouble it takes t'git the sand out of it? ~Kin Hubbard, 1929

Greens are the primary food group that matches human nutritional needs most completely. ~Victoria Boutenko, Green for Life, 2010

There is no substitute for a diet rich in leafy greens. ~Sergei Boutenko, Wild Edibles, 2013

For happy health, fuel yourself with dreams and greens. ~Terri Guillemets

Chlorophyll is as important as sunlight! No life is possible without sunshine, and no life is possible without chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is liquefied sun energy. Consuming as much chlorophyll as possible is like bathing our inner organs in sunshine. ~Victoria Boutenko, Green for Life, 2010

Lettuce is like conversation:  it must be fresh and crisp, so sparkling that you scarcely notice the bitter in it. ~Charles Dudley Warner, My Summer in a Garden, 1870

As one who achieved the symmetry of a Humphrey Bogart and the grace of a jaguar purely on pastry, I have no truck with lettuce, cabbage and similar fronds. Any dietitian will tell you that a running foot of apple strudel contains four times the vitamins of a bushel of beans. In my own case, at least, greens are synonymous with poison. Every time I crunch a stalk of celery, there is a whirring crash, a shriek of tortured hemoglobin, and my metabolism goes to the boneyard. Yet come the middle of April, the family invariably gets an urge to see the old man beating his brains out in the garden patch. ~S. J. Perelman, Acres and Pains, 1943

Our bodies run on the fresh green fuel of the land. ~Terri Guillemets, "Fresh & green," 2011

Ten years ago nobody ate kale. Then someone (probably a kale farmer or Satan) discovered that kale had some health benefits, and off kale went. Now we are in the middle of a full-fledged kale trend or, as I call it, a kale epidemic. There are kale chips, kale shakes, and even kale salads. I don't know much about grammar, but I think kale salad is what they call a "double negative." ~Jim Gaffigan, "Whole Foods Nation," Food: A Love Story, 2014

H-hi. I'm Kale. C-can I come in?
Begone leaf of Lucifer!!
~Jane Zei, The Pigeon Gazette, 2015

Steakhouses are really the perfect environment for eating a steak — dimly lit, covered in dark wood, and decorated with a combination of red leather and red leather. They always seem like throwbacks to another era. A time when kale was just a weed in your backyard. ~Jim Gaffigan, "Steak: The Manly Meat," Food: A Love Story, 2014  [a little altered —tg]

Good health, yes, is partly genes
Really though it's more about greens
And other types of healthful things
~Terri Guillemets

Greens too have a complex history in the South. They were something that people could go and gather after working a long shift at the factory. So although greens were one of the earlier items to be canned and sold, people didn't choose to spend their grocery money on them when they first had money to do so. "Greens can be seen as a protest against the time clock that industrialization introduced," Engelhardt says. "Gathering greens served as a means for both men and women to resist new factory and mine-driven gender roles, as a walk in the woods did not involve company scrip or time clock." ~Vivé Griffith, "You Are What You Eat: Dr. Elizabeth Engelhardt studies how your food choices can carry stories of race, class and culture," 2005

...the green of cos lettuce upright
about to bolt into opulent towers...
~Marge Piercy, “Colors passing through us”

When commercially cultivated, this arugula tastes pleasantly nippy. The mature arugula sold at farmer's markets or homegrown turns startlingly hot as the summer goes on, becoming wasabi-sharp. When it bolts, cream-white flowers appear that are heavenly heat bombs. ~Dana Jacobi, The Power Greens Cookbook: 140 Delicious Superfood Recipes, 2015

Greens feed our souls, refresh our minds, and nourish our grateful bodies. ~Terri Guillemets, "Ascending," 2007

If you don't know what's meant by God, watch a forsythia branch or a lettuce leaf sprout. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)

Welcome to the Church of the Holy Cabbage. Lettuce pray. ~Author unknown

She is fond of greens who kisses the gardener. ~Author unknown

Golfer's diet:  live on greens as much as possible. ~Author unknown

Verses of veggies
poems of fruit
dotted with seeds
raw green rhymes
in melodious bodies
~Terri Guillemets

Lettuce, greens and celery, though much eaten, are worse than cabbage, being equally indigestible without the addition of condiments. Besides, the lettuce contains narcotic properties. It is said of Galen, that he used to obtain from a head of it, eaten on going to bed, all the good effects of a dose of opium. ~William Andrus Alcott, The Young House-keeper: or, Thoughts on Food and Cookery, 1838

Green tastes like life, feels like energy, looks like peacefulness, smells like earth's love, sounds like vibrant health (your body listens well). Eat your greens, go wild for greens, play in green, weave green into your colorful daily existence! ~Terri Guillemets, "Go wild for greens," 2008

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Original post date 2012 Jan 12
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