Robert Farrar Capon Quotes


We were given appetites not to consume the world and forget it but to taste its goodness and hunger to make it great.

Christianity is not a religion; it is the announcement of the end of religion.

Older women are like aging strudels - the crust may not be so lovely but the filling has come at last into its own.

Salvation is a gift given not a bargain struck.

Do you seriously envision St. Paul or Calvin or Luther opening bottles of Welch's Grape Juice in the sacristy before the service? Luther at least would turn over in his grave.

What are you going to do with your freedom?

The truth that makes us free is always ticking away like a time-bomb in the basement of everybody's church.

The shock of unemployment becomes a pathology in its own right.

Grace cannot prevail...until our lifelong certainty that someone is keeping score has run out of steam and collapsed.

Man was made to lead with his chin; he is worth knowing only with his guard down his head up and his heart rampant on his sleeve.

One real thing is closer to God than all the diagrams in the world

Perhaps you see therefore why I think taste must come before nutrition? Our infatuation for the quasi-scientific has left us easy marks for con men and tin fiddle manufacturers.

In the Bible the opposite of Sin with a capital 'S ' is not virtue - it's faith: faith in a God who draws all to himself in his resurrection.

Your stew so long deferred stands finally extra causas. Greet it as your fellow creature. It is as deliciously unnecessary as you are.

The world looks as if it has been left in the custody of trolls.

What is good is difficult and what is difficult is rare.

Heaven is populated entirely by forgiven sinners

I like a cook who smiles out loud when he tastes his own work. Let God worry about your modesty; I want to see your enthusiasm.

Every real thing is a joy if only you have eyes and ears to relish it a nose and tongue to taste it.

Even to this day grace remains hard to swallow. Religiosity and moralism go down easier than free forgiveness.

At the root of many a woman's failure to become a great cook lies her failure to develop a workmanlike regard for knives.

A good time occurs precisely when we lose track of what time it is.

However much we hate the law we are more afraid of grace

Only miracle is plain; it is in the ordinary that groans with the weight of glory.

A silent lover is one who doesn't know his job.

If you take all your meals seriously none of them gets a chance to matter.

Jesus came to raise the dead. He did not come to teach the teachable; He did not come to improve the improvable; He did not come to reform the reformable. None of those things works.