There are not many contemporary quotes about gourds. They appear to be referred to in the Bible quite frequently as if they were common to every garden. My favorite quote comes from the Middle Ages, though. One, Desiderius Erasmus, who lived from 1469-1535:
“A man who sees a gourd and takes it for his wife is called insane because this happens to very few people.”
I love their shapes and textures and color but I agree with Mr. Erasmus. I mistake gourds for humans very rarely.