Careful Words

bread (n.)

bread (v.)

bread (adj.)

  I won't quarrel with my bread and butter.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745): Polite Conversation. Dialogue i.

  I never thrust my nose into other men's porridge. It is no bread and butter of mine; every man for himself, and God for us all.

Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616): Don Quixote. Part i. Book iii. Chap. xi.

Besides, they always smell of bread and butter.

Lord Byron 1788-1824: Beppo. Stanza 39.

  It was a common saying among the Puritans, "Brown bread and the Gospel is good fare."

Mathew Henry (1662-1714): Commentaries. Isaiah xxx.

Better is halfe a lofe than no bread.

John Heywood (Circa 1565): Proverbes. Part i. Chap. xi.

Give me again my hollow tree,

A crust of bread, and liberty.

Alexander Pope (1688-1744): Satires, Epistles, and Odes of Horace. Satire vi. Book ii. Line 220.

Who with a body filled and vacant mind

Gets him to rest, crammed with distressful bread.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): King Henry V. Act iv. Sc. 1.

He thought it happier to be dead,

To die for Beauty, than live for bread.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882): Beauty.

  Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.

Old Testament: Proverbs ix. 17.

  O, monstrous! but one half-pennyworth of bread to this intolerable deal of sack!

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): King Henry IV. Part I. Act ii. Sc. 4.

He was the Word, that spake it:

He took the bread and brake it;

And what that Word did make it,

I do believe and take it.

Dr John Donne (1573-1631): Divine Poems. On the Sacrament.

  Homer himself must beg if he want means, and as by report sometimes he did "go from door to door and sing ballads, with a company of boys about him."

Robert Burton (1576-1640): Anatomy of Melancholy. Part i. Sect. 2, Memb. 4, Subsect. 6.

  Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?

New Testament: Matthew vii. 9.

  In the one hand he is carrying a stone, while he shows the bread in the other.

Plautus (254(?)-184 b c): Aulularia. Act ii. Sc. 2, 18. (195.)

Who never ate his bread in sorrow,

Who never spent the darksome hours

Weeping, and watching for the morrow,—

He knows ye not, ye gloomy Powers.

Goethe (1749-1832): Wilhelm Meister. Book ii. Chap. xiii.

I know on which side my bread is buttred.

John Heywood (Circa 1565): Proverbes. Part ii. Chap. vii.

  Here is bread, which strengthens man's heart, and therefore called the staff of life.

Mathew Henry (1662-1714): Commentaries. Psalm civ.

  Bread is the staff of life.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745): Tale of a Tub. Preface.

  And having looked to Government for bread, on the very first scarcity they will turn and bite the hand that fed them.

Edmund Burke (1729-1797): Thoughts and Details on Scarcity. Vol. v. p. 156.

  Man doth not live by bread only.

Old Testament: Deuteronomy viii. 3.

  Man shall not live by bread alone.

New Testament: Matthew iv. 4; Deuteronomy viii. 3.

  I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

Old Testament: Psalm xxxvii. 25.

Eating the bitter bread of banishment.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): King Richard II. Act iii. Sc. 1.

  She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

Old Testament: Proverbs xxxi. 27.

O God! that bread should be so dear,

And flesh and blood so cheap!

Thomas Hood (1798-1845): The Song of the Shirt.

  Cast thy bread upon the waters; for thou shalt find it after many days.

Old Testament: Ecclesiastes xi. 1.

  The stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water.

Old Testament: Isaiah iii. 1.

And Katerfelto, with his hair on end

At his own wonders, wondering for his bread.

'T is pleasant, through the loopholes of retreat,

To peep at such a world,—to see the stir

Of the great Babel, and not feel the crowd.

William Cowper (1731-1800): The Task. Book iv. The Winter Evening. Line 86.