„Once a man next to me found the handle of a radiator in his mashed potato; he said nothing, merely moving it to the side of his plate after sucking the mashed potato off it first. Nobody else said anything either. If the truth was known several of us were probably jealous.“
Describing army food.
— Jamie Zawinski American programmer 1968
Quoted in the UNIX-HATERS Handbook, chapter 7: " The X-Windows Disaster http://www.linuxmafia.com/~rick/linux-info/unix-haters/x-windows/disaster.html"
— Frank McCourt Irish-American teacher and Pulitzer Prize–winning writer 1930 - 2009
„… Once I start a book I finish it. That was the way one was brought up. Books, bread and butter, mashed potato - one finishes what's on one's plate. That's always been my philosophy.“
— Alan Bennett, книга The Uncommon Reader
Источник: The Uncommon Reader
„A "food cycle" is a period in which we have only one particular dish or type of vegetable to eat. For a long time we ate nothing but endive. Endive with sand -, endive without sand, endive with mashed potatoes, endive-and-mashed potato casserole. Then it was spinach, followed by kohlrabi, salsify, cucumbers, tomatoes, sauerkraut, etc., etc.“
— Anne Frank victim of the Holocaust and author of a diary 1929 - 1945
3 April 1944
The Diary of a Young Girl (1942 - 1944)
Добавить примечание: (nl) Onder "eet-periodes" versta ik periodes waarin men niets anders te eten krijgt dan een bepaald gerecht of een bepaalde groente. Een tijdlang hadden we niets anders te eten dan elke dag andijvie met zand, zonder zand, stamppot, los en in de vuurvaste schotel, toen was het spinazie, daarna volgden koolrabie, schorseneren, komkommers, tomaten, zuurkool enzovoort enzovoort.
„This is what my friend said to me; he said "You know what I like? Mashed potatoes." It's like, "Dude. you gotta give me time to guess. If you're gonna quiz me, you must insert a pause in there."“
— Mitch Hedberg American stand-up comedian 1968 - 2005
Strategic Grill Locations
„Carter, not to be unkind," I said, "but the last few months you've been seeing messages about Zia. Two weeks ago, you thought she was sending you a distress call in your mashed potatoes."
"It was a Z! Carved right in the potatoes!“
— Rick Riordan, книга The Throne of Fire
Источник: The Throne of Fire
„Not unexpectedly, no one believes that everything is useless, and with good reason. We all live in relative frameworks, and within those frameworks uselessness is far wide from the norm. A potato masher is not useless if one wants to mash potatoes. For some people, a system of being that includes an afterlife of eternal bliss may not seem useless. They might say that such a system is absolutely useful because it gives them the hope they need to make it through this life. But an afterlife of eternal bliss is not and cannot be absolutely useful simply because you need it to be. It is part of a relative framework and nothing beyond that, just as a potato masher is only part of a relative framework and is only useful if you need to mash potatoes. Once you had made it through this life to an afterlife of eternal bliss, you would have no use for that afterlife. Its job would be done, and all you would have is an afterlife of eternal bliss—a paradise for reverent hedonists and pious libertines. What is the use in that? You might as well not exist at all, either in this life or in an afterlife of eternal bliss. Any kind of existence is useless. Nothing is self-justifying. Everything is justified only in a relative potato-masher sense.“
— Thomas Ligotti American horror author 1953
The Conspiracy Against the Human Race: A Contrivance of Horror (2010)
„You know the man who told me about it on the bus,
as it went up the hill out of Scranton, Pennsylvania,
he shrugged his shoulders, he shook his head,
and he said (and this is exactly what he said)
"Boy that sure must've been something.
Just imagine thirty thousand pounds of bananas.
Yes, there were thirty thousand pounds of mashed bananas.
Of bananas. Just bananas. Thirty thousand pounds.
of Bananas—not no driver now. Just bananas!"“
— Harry Chapin American musician 1942 - 1981
30,000 Pounds of Bananas
Song lyrics, Verities & Balderdash (1974)
— David Gerrold, книга When HARLIE Was One
Section 16 (p. 82)
When HARLIE Was One (1972)
„A well known American writer said once that, while everybody talked about the weather, nobody seemed to do anything about it.“
— Charles Dudley Warner American writer 1829 - 1900
Editorial, Hartford Courant (27 August 1897); this remark was reportedly quoted by Mark Twain and it has become often attributed to him, but the context of the statement might indicate the contrary situation
Paraphrased variant: Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.
Вариант: Everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.
„WHO KNOWS WHAT EVIL LURKS IN THE HEART OF MEN?
The Death of Rats looked up from the feast of the potato. SQUEAK, he said.
Death waved a hand dismissively. WELL, YES, OBVIOUSLY ME, he said. I JUST WONDERED IF THERE WAS ANYONE ELSE.“
— Terry Pratchett, книга Правда
Источник: The Truth
„You saved me," I said. Nathaniel put his hands on either side of my face. "I had to," he said. "So you could save me back.“
— Jodi Picoult, Perfect Match
Источник: Perfect Match
„It is psychology, not soil or climate, that enables a man to raise five times as many potatoes per acre as the average in his own state.“
— Harrington Emerson American efficiency engineer and business theorist 1853 - 1931
Источник: The twelve principles of efficiency (1912), p. 107 ; cited in: Hugo Münsterberg. Psychology and Industrial Efficiency, 1913, p. 52
„“Dreams mean nothing,” he said coldly. “They are unreal.”
“They’re as real as anything else,” she shot back at him. “And they merely mean conscience.”“
— Fritz Leiber, книга Gather, Darkness!
Источник: Gather, Darkness! (1950), Chapter 14 (p. 145)
— Cassandra Clare, книга Clockwork Princess
Источник: Clockwork Princess
„Athenodorus used to stroke his beard slowly and rhythmically as he talked, and told me once that it was this that made it grow so luxuriantly. He said that invisible seeds of fire streamed off from his fingers, which were food for the hairs. This was a typical Stoic joke at the expense of Epicurean speculative philosophy.“
— Robert Graves, книга I, Claudius
Источник: I, Claudius (1934), Ch. 5.