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I let myself exist mainly through my children ... [but] I could not even guess at the lives my children led.
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Probably one of the most private things in the world is an egg before it is broken.

— Mary Francis Kennedy Fisher

It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others. So it happens that when I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth and the love of it and the hunger for it ... and then the warmth and richness and fine reality of hunger satisfied ... and it is all one.

— Mary Francis Kennedy Fisher

Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly.

— Mary Francis Kennedy Fisher

First we eat, then we do everything else.

— Mary Francis Kennedy Fisher

When shall we live if not now?

— Mary Francis Kennedy Fisher

I am more modest now, but I still think that one of the pleasantest of all emotions is to know that I, I with my brain and my hands, have nourished my beloved few, that I have concocted a stew or a story, a rarity or a plain dish, to sustain them truly against the hungers of the world.

— Mary Francis Kennedy Fisher

There is communion of more than our bodies when bread is broken and wine drunk.

— Mary Francis Kennedy Fisher

I cannot count the good people I know who, to my mind, would be even better if they bent their spirits to the study of their own hungers.

— Mary Francis Kennedy Fisher

But if I must be alone, I refuse to be alone as if it were something weak and distasteful, like convalescence.

— Mary Francis Kennedy Fisher

We sink too easily into stupid and overfed sensuality, our bodies thickening even more quickly than our minds.

— Mary Francis Kennedy Fisher

In spite of all the talk and study about our next years, all the silent ponderings about what lies within them ... it seems plain to us that many things are wrong in the present ones that can be, must be, changed. Our texture of belief has great holes in it. Our pattern lacks pieces.

— Mary Francis Kennedy Fisher

It is easy to think of potatoes, and fortunately for men who have not much money it is easy to think of them with a certain safety. Potatoes are one of the last things to disappear, in times of war, which is probably why they should not be forgotten in times of peace.

— Mary Francis Kennedy Fisher

I live with carpe diem engrave on my heart.

— Mary Francis Kennedy Fisher

It's really fine that you found a good archivist to do the basically difficult and at times harrowing work of cleaning out old papers. I hope you keep her digging into all the old boxes as long as there is ONE left.

— Mary Francis Kennedy Fisher

After rare beef and wine, when the lobes turn red, was the time to ask favours or tell bad news.

— Mary Francis Kennedy Fisher

I used to think in my Russian-novel days, that I would cherish a lover who managed through thick and thin, snow and sleet, to have a bunch of Parma violets on my breakfast tray each morning
also rain or shine, Christmas or August, and onward into complete Neverland. Later, I shifted my dream plan
a split of cold champagne one half hour before the tray! Violets, sparkling wine, and trays themselves were as nonexistent as the lover(s), of course, but once again, Why not?

— Mary Francis Kennedy Fisher

But I can say just as surely that this minute, in a northern-California valley, I can taste-smell-hear-see and feel between my teeth the potato chips I ate slowly one November afternoon in 1936, in the bar of the Lausanne Palace. They were uneven in both thickness and color, probably made by a new apprentice in the hotel kitchen, and almost surely they smelled faintly of either chicken or fish, for that was always the case there. They were a little too salty, to encourage me to drink. They were ineffable. I am still nourished by them. That is probably why I can be so firm about not eating my way through barrels, tunnels, mountains more of them here in the land where they hang like square cellophane fruit on wire trees in all grocery stores, to tempt me sharply every time I pass them.

— Mary Francis Kennedy Fisher

Next to our big room was the only bath in the hotel, so that by law we could not keep it to ourselves. A bath cost about ten cents, I remember. The few people who used it evidently felt that this price included full maid service, but the two overworked slaveys in the hotel did not, so that I usually cleaned the tub in self-protection. I decided then that many people are latently swinish and that I would rather work anywhere than in a hotel.

— Mary Francis Kennedy Fisher

Put Rachel facing the door, in a faint subtle effort to make her know that if he had only had enough money and had managed to finish the thesis, he might well have asked her to be his hostess and share her life with him.

— Mary Francis Kennedy Fisher

Our dispassionate acceptance of attrition ... [can] be matched by a full use of everything that has ever happened in all the long wonderful-ghastly years to free a person's mind from his body.

— Mary Francis Kennedy Fisher

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