An onion can make people cry, but there has never been a vegetable invented to make them laugh.
Let onion atoms lurk within the bowl, And, half-suspected, animate the whole.Rev Sydney Smith
A woman's chastity consists, like an onion, of a series of coats. You may strip off the outer ones without doing much mischief, perhaps none at all; but you keep taking off one after another, in expectation of coming to the inner nucleus, including the whole value of the matter. It proves, however, that there is no such nucleus, and that chastity is diffused through the whole series of coats, is lessened with the removal of each, and vanishes with the final one which you supposed would introduce you to the hidden pearl.Nathaniel Hawthorne
A poem is sort of an onion of contexts, and you can no more locate any of the important meanings exclusively in a part than you can locate a relation in one of its terms. The signi?cance of a part may be greatly modified or even in extreme cases completely reversed by later and larger parts and by the whole.Randall Jarrell
The tears live in an onion that should water this sorrow.william shakespeare
If the boy have not a woman's gift To rain a shower of commanded tears, An onion will do well for such a shift.william shakespeare
Let onion atoms lurk within the bowl, And, half-suspected, animate the whole.sydney smith