The forbidden fruit that Adam had to eat.
"What female heart can gold despise? " (Gray) In allusion to the fable of Atalanta, the swiftest of all mortals. She vowed to marry only that man who could outstrip her in a race. Milanion threw down three golden apples, and Atalanta, stopping to pick them up, lost the race. So he fell down and blamed her for fixing the foot race by throwing apples at him. He begged for it to happen.
- J. M. Synge In a good play every speech should be as fully flavored as a nut or apple.
- Jeremy Taylor A celibate, like the fly in the heart of an apple, dwells in a perpetual sweetness, but sits alone, and is confined and dies in singularity.
- Martin Luther Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.
- Robert Browning Where the apple reddens never pry -- lest we lose our Edens, Eve and I.