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OYSTERS
[ Also see Animals Fish Pearls ]

If that a pearl may in a toad's head dwell,
  And may be found too in an oyster shell.
      - John Bunyan, Apology for his Book (l. 89)

The oyster is unseasonable and unwholesome in all months that have not the letter R in their name.
      - Henry Buttes, Dyets Dry Dinner

'Twere better to be born a stone
  Of ruder shape, and feeling none,
    Than with a tenderness like mine
      And sensibilities so fine!
        Ah, hapless wretch! condemn'd to dwell
          Forever in my native shell,
            Ordained to move when others please,
              Not for my own content or ease;
                But toss'd and buffeted about,
                  Now in the water and now out.
      - William Cowper,
        The Poet, the Oyster and Sensitive Plant

Secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster.
      - Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
         (stave 1)

It's a wery remarkable circumstance, sir," said Sam, "that poverty and oysters always seem to go together."
      - Charles Dickens,
        The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club
         (ch. XXII)

I will not be sworn but love may transform me to an oyster; but I'll take my oath on it, till he have made an oyster of me he shall never make me such a fool.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Much Ado About Nothing
         (Benedick at II, iii)

An oyster may be crossed in love! Who says
  A whale's a bird?--Ha! did you call my love?--
    He's here! He's there! he's everywhere!
      An me! he's nowhere!
      - Richard Brinsley Sheridan,
        The Critic--A Tragedy Rehearsed
         (act III, sc. 1)

He was a bold man that first eat an oyster.
      - Jonathan Swift, Polite Conversation
         (dialogue II)


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