quote by Claude Levi-Strauss

No contact with savage Indian tribes has ever daunted me more than the morning I spent with an old lady swathed in woolies who compared herself to a rotten herring encased in a block of ice.

— Claude Levi-Strauss

Most Powerful Herring quotations

Approach your lives as if they were novels, with their own heroes, villains, red herrings, and triumphs.

Death. To die. To expire. To pass on. To perish. To peg out. To push up daisies. To push up posies. To become extinct. Curtains, deceased, Demised, departed And defunct. Dead as a doornail. Dead as a herring. Dead as a mutton. Dead as nits. The last breath. Paying a debt to nature. The big sleep. God's way of saying, "Slow down."

There's lots of good fish in the sea.

..maybe...but the vast masses seem to be mackerel or herring, and if you're not mackerel or herring yourself, you are likely to find very few good fish in the sea.

If you want to catch trout, don't fish in a herring barrel.

Russians will consume marinated mushrooms and vodka, salted herring and vodka, smoked salmon and vodka, salami and vodka, caviar on brown bread and vodka, pickled cucumbers and vodka, cold tongue and vodka, red beet salad and vodka, scallions and vodka-anything and everything and vodka.

A kind word is no substitute for a piece of herring or a bag of oats.

[Bertholt] Brecht looked very thin, like a herring with very sensitive hands.

The most difficult part of any crime novel is the plotting.

It all begins simply enough, but soon you're dealing with a multitude of linked characters, strands, themes and red herrings - and you need to try to control these unruly elements and weave them into a pattern.

It's the way I feel about acting. That we are given clues by a writer about someone's essence or persona and it's our job to try to figure out which of those clues are true, which of clues we decide to follow and which of those clues we think are red herrings, or only in the way another character thinks of that character.

She is nether fish nor flesh, nor good red herring.

Neither fish, flesh nor good red herring.

How like herrings and onions our vices are in the morning after we have committed them.

I think the whole human-induced greenhouse gas thing is a red herring.

.. . I see climate change as due to the ocean circulation pattern. I see this as a major cause of climate change... . These are natural processes. We shouldn't blame them on humans and CO2.

Lives there the man with soul so dead as to disown the wish to merit the people's applause, and having uttered words worthy to be kept in cedar oil to latest times, to leave behind him rhymes that dread neither herrings nor frankincense.

Damn'd neuters, in their middle way of steering, Are neither fish, nor flesh, nor good red herring.

Fools are as like husbands as pilchards are to herrings, the husband's the bigger.

Gay marriage is a complete red herring to distract everyone from the economy and the war and health care and education.

That's America for you - a red herring culture, always scared of the wrong things. The fact is, there are a lot of creepy middle-aged men out there lusting for your kids. They work for MTV, the pharmaceutical industry, McDonald's, Marlboro and K Street.

Have caviar if you like, but it tastes like herring to me.

Delaying and withholding tactics, red herrings, partial and doubtful outcomes are stock in trade for fiction writers, especially crime writers.

Peaches grow wild, and pigs can live in clover;

A barrel of salted herrings lasts a year; The spring begins before the winter's over.

I'm kind of ashamed to be a celebrity.

I don't understand wanting to read about other people's dirty laundry. I think celebrity is the biggest red herring society has ever pulled on itself.

Her name was called Lady Helena Herring and her age was 25 and she mated well with the earl.

When I became a professional and fully understood what was going on, I knew that with all the love and care and mentorship that someone like Professor James Herring had given us, was not based on gender; it was based on the notion that he wanted us to succeed.

I'm kind of like a combination of a red herring and a fake-out.

In reviewing films, people get quite liberal about saying "the script" this and "the script" that, when they've never read the script any more than they've read the latest report on Norwegian herring landings.

You can never really tell, it's kind of a red herring until you see the project I think. You just know if you like working with someone or not, and he does have a real sweetness about him, I think.

Any great movie in the old days has a red herring. Hitchcock was so good at that.

I'm not a vegetarian. Now, don't get me wrong - I like animals. And I don't think it's just fine to industrialize their production and to churn them out like they were wrenches. But there's no way to treat animals well when you're killing 10 billion of them a year. Kindness might just be a bit of a red herring. Let's get the numbers of animals we're killing for eating down, and then we'll worry about being nice to the ones that are left.

Surprises are like misfortunes or herrings - they rarely come single.

Life is full of a thousand red herrings, and it takes the history of a civilisation to work out which are the red herrings and which aren't.

We are trying to get marijuana reclassified medically.

If we do that, we'll be using the issue as a red herring to give marijuana a good name.

The moon shone like herrings in the water.

New herrings, new!' we must cry, every time we make ourselves public, or else we shall be christened with a hundred new titles of idiotism.