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Salt Quotations and Proverbs

Salt is essential for life itself.  Yet there is much confusion and misinformation.  Table salt can be toxic to humans, and fish will die if kept in refined salt water. 

Customers are sometimes surprised we sell Celtic Salt.  But it is SO good for you. Save 20% during Salt Awareness Week with the code SALT2017.

Only 7% of the World's salt production is for food, the rest is for manufacturing  (read more).  As we pondered this modern problem, we looked up salt quotations, and were fascinated!


Salt proverbs

Salt proverbs can be found in every culture around the World. 

There's a lot of common (salt) sense and quite a bit of humour!

  • “Give neither counsel nor salt till you are asked for it” - English Proverb
  • “A kiss without a beard is like an egg without salt” - Dutch Proverb
  • “The fish requires salt” - Latin Proverb
  • “Without salt the feast is spoiled” - Polish Proverb
  • Bread and salt never quarrel” - Russian Proverb
  • “Don’t buy the salt if you haven’t licked it yet” - Congolese Proverb
  • “Don’t slaughter more pigs than you can salt - French Proverb
  • “If I peddle salt, it rains; if I peddle flour, the wind blows” - Japanese Proverb
  • “What is salt to tasteless food what is a word to a foolish head” - Turkish proverb
  • “Manage with bread and salted butter until God brings something to eat with it” - Moroccan Proverb
  • “As a daughter grows up she is like smuggled salt” - Chinese Proverb
  • “The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea” - Swedish Proverb
  • “Better a salt herring on your own table, than a fresh pike on another man's” - Danish Proverb
  • “With fortune on your side you can sow salt and harvest grass” - Kurdish Proverb
  • “Eternity makes room for a salty cucumber” - Russian proverb
  • “The lucky eagle kills a mouse that has eaten salt” - Ugandan Proverb
  • “By bread and salt we are united” - Moroccan Proverb
  • "A proverb is to speech what salt is to food" (Panamanian Proverb).


As we researched, we found a few on the same theme, it seems friendship in olden times was often tested with this most precious of commodities.

  • “Before you make a friend, eat a pack of salt with him” Dutch Proverb
  • “Trust no one, until you have eaten a peck of salt with him” Latin Proverb
  • “Before you make a friend, eat a bushel of salt with him” Romanian Proverb
  • “To get to know people, you have to eat a full donkey's cargo of salt together” Corsican Proverb


And here are some more modern salt quotations;

  • “Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all” - Nelson Mandela
  • “A day without an argument is like an egg without salt” - Angela Carter
  • "Bread that this house may never know hunger, salt that life may always have flavor" - It's A Wonderful Life
  • “No man is worth his salt who is not ready at all times to risk his well-being, to risk his body, to risk his life, in a great cause” - Theodore Roosevelt
  • “It is a grand thing to rise in the world. The ambition to do so is the very salt of the earth. It is the parent of all enterprise, and the cause of all improvement” - Anthony Trollope
  • "The most noble Creation produced by the great goodness of God in the entire realm of nature" - 18th century, anon.
  • And we finish with a famous one from the Bible “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.”  Matthew 5:13


Do send us your salt quotations if you come across any more.

And if you have your own quotations about the Celtic Salt itself, please do send these for our reviews section, and we will add some Waveberries to your account as a thank you.


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