A Mouthful of Quotes: Cake

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A Mouthful of Quotes: Cake

Cake — we knew it was delightful, but who knew it could be so philosophical, political and hilarious? But as a symbol of celebration, levity and decadence, cake becomes a meaningful simile for society’s joys and woes. Here are 10 wonderful cake quotes from some of the world’s most ingenious minds. And just like cake, they’re fun to share.

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On taking what you want, but also what you need: “All the world is birthday cake, so
take a piece, but not too much.” – George Harrison, musician

On the similarity between cakes and empires: “A great empire, like a great cake, is most easily diminished at the edges.” – Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father and Renaissance Man

On dieting: “Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread and pumpkin pie.” – Jim Davis, cartoonist

On birthday cakes and aging: “You know you're getting old when the candles cost more than the cake.” Bob Hope, comedian

Putting a spin on the old anecdote: “Life for me has been exactly what I thought it would be, a cake, which I have eaten and had too.” Margaret Anderson, founder, editor, and publisher of The Little Review

On cake, simply: “When I got to France I realized I didn't know very much about food at all. I'd never had a real cake. I'd had those cakes from cake mixes or the ones that have a lot of baking powder in them. A really good French cake doesn't have anything like that in it – it's all egg power.” – Julia Child, chef

On compromise: “A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes he has the biggest piece.” – Ludwig Erhard, German politician

On writing: “I am putting real plums into an imaginary cake.” – Mary McCarthy, author

On being reviewed: “A bad review is like baking a cake with all the best ingredients and having someone sit on it.” – Danielle Steel, author

The most famous quote about cake: “Let them eat cake.” – attributed to Marie Antoinette, Queen of France and fashion icon

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Madina Papadopoulos is a New York-based freelance writer, author, and regular
contributor to
Paste. You can follow her adventures on Instagram and Twitter.

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