Everything tastes of porridge. However we may deceive
ourselves, whatever castles in the air we may construct, the fact of
home life will always intrude. Sir Walter Scott tells us of an insane
man who thought the asylum his castle, the servants his own menials,
the inmates his guests. “Although,” said he, “I am provided with a
first-rate cook and proper assistants, and although my table is
regularly furnished with every delicacy of the season, yet so depraved
is my palate that everything I eat tastes of porridge.” His palate was
less vitiated than his imagination.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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