Salt Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old salt quotes, salt sayings, and salt proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Earnestness is the salt of eloquence.     

Victor Hugo

Disappointment is often the salt of life.     

Theodore Parker

Wit is the salt of conversation, not the food.     

William Hazlitt

The salt of any interesting civilization is mixture.     

Antonio Tabucchi

Salt is born of the purest parents: the sun and the sea.     


The salt blowing off the sea makes the air feel textured and heavy.     

Lauren Oliver

Just like salt makes sweet taste sweeter, trials make happy feel happier.     

Richelle E. Goodrich

Salt is like good-humor, and nearly every thing is better for a pinch of it.     

Louisa May Alcott

Be salt, and a little bit of salt keeps the whole society from going rancid.     

Philip Yancey

Salt is the difference between eating in Technicolor and eating in black and white.     

Jay Rayner

There must be something strangely sacred in salt. It is in our tears and in the sea.     

Kahlil Gibran

Nobody likes having salt rubbed into their wounds, even if it is the salt of the earth.     

Rebecca West

The arts are the salt of the earth; as salt relates to food, the arts relate to technology.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

People don't enjoy salt. They enjoy what is salted. We are the salt of the earth. We do not exist for ourselves.     

John Piper

Salt seasons, purifies, preserves. But somebody ought to remind us that salt also irritates. Real living Christianity rubs this world the wrong way.     

Vance Havner

Salt is the policeman of taste: it keeps the various flavors of a dish in order and restrains the stronger from tyrannizing over the weaker.     

Margaret Visser

The fact that salt is a powerful emetic as well as a potent laxative should convince the most skeptical that it is not meant to form an important part of the human diet.     

John H. Tobe

Salt is the only product that changes cuisine. There's a big difference between food that has salt and food without it. If you don't believe that, ask people who can't eat salt.     

Ferran Adria

Salt is the only rock directly consumed by man. It corrodes but preserves, desiccates but is wrested from the water. ... It preserves things from corruption - even as it corrodes other things with its bite. A little of it fertilizes the land; a lot sterilizes it.     

Margaret Visser

The purpose of the salt in the steak is to do its work so quietly that it changes the nature of what it invades without calling attention to itself. Salt must get into something in order to have effect, where it indelibly stamps its own character upon what it invades.     

George O. Wood