Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.
Apple (Pyrus Malus)
What plant we in this apple tree? Sweets for a hundred flowery springs To load the May-winds restless wings, When, from the orchard-row, he pours Its fragrance through our open doors; A world of blossoms for the bee, Flowers for the sick girls silent room, For the glad infant sprigs of bloom, We plant with the apple tree. BryantThe Planting of the Apple Tree.
Theres plenty of boys that will come hankering and gruvvelling around when youve got an apple, and beg the core off you; but when theyve got one, and you beg for the core, and remind them how you give them a core one time, they make a mouth at you, and say thank you most to death, but there aint a-going to be no core. S. L. Clemens (Mark Twain)Tom Sawyer Abroad. Ch. I.
And what is more melancholy than the old apple-trees that linger about the spot where once stood a homestead, but where there is now only a ruined chimney rising out of a grassy and weed-grown cellar? They offer their fruit to every wayfarerapples that are bitter-sweet with the moral of times vicissitude. Nath. HawthorneMosses from an Old Manse. The Old Manse. Times vicissitude.
To satisfy the sharp desire I had Of tasting those fair apples, I resolvd Not to defer; hunger and thirst at once Powerful persuaders, quickend at the scent Of that alluring fruit, urged me so keen. MiltonParadise Lost. Bk. IX. L. 584.
Like the sweet apple which reddens upon the topmost bough A-top on the topmost twigwhich the pluckers forgot, somehow Forgot it not, nay, but got it not, for none could get it till now. RossettiBeauty. A combination from Sappho.
The apples that grew on the fruit-tree of knowledge By woman were pluckd, and she still wears the prize To tempt us in theatre, senate, or college I mean the love-apples that bloom in the eyes. Horace and James SmithRejected Addresses. The Living Lustres, by T. M. 5.
After the conquest of Afric, Greece, the lesser Asia, and Syria were brought into Italy all the sorts of their Mala, which we interprete apples, and might signify no more at first: but were afterwards applied to many other foreign fruits. Sir Wm. TempleOn Gardening.