As we've mentioned before in the Journey to Easter blog, eggs were forbidden during Lent in medieval Europe. But the chickens didn't get the memo.

The eggs kept coming and had to be boiled or otherwise preserved. Thus eggs, long symbols of new life and fertility in ancient civilizations and used in spring festivals, became intrinsic to Easter. 

We found a few thoughts on eggs in the Star's archive.

"An egg of one hour old, bread of one day, a goat of one month, wine of six months, flesh of a year, fish of ten years and a wife of twenty years, a friend among a hundred, are the best of all number."

John Wodroephe, 1623

"This recipe is certainly silly. It says to separate the eggs, but it doesn't say how far to separate them."

Gracie Allen, comedienne

"If you boil an egg while singing all five verses and chorus of the hymn 'Onward Christian Soldiers,' it will be cooked perfectly when you come to Amen."

Letter to the Editor, London's Daily Telegraph

"He that but looketh on a plate of ham and eggs to lust after it hath already committed breakfast with it in his heart."

Author C.S. Lewis

"Eggs have no business dancing with stones."

Italian Proverb

Primary source: Arizona Daily Star 2008