“He hath eaten me out of house and home; he hath put all my substance into that fat belly of his.”
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) 'Twelfth Night'
“It is a hard matter, my fellow citizens, to argue with the belly, since it has no ears.”
Plutarch (AD 46-120?)
Greek biographer and philosopher
“A fully gorged belly never produced a sprightly mind.”
Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667)
“Indigestion: A disease which the patient and his friends frequently mistake for deep religious conviction and concern for the salvation of mankind. As the simple Red Man of the Western Wild put it, with, it must be confessed, a certain force: 'Plenty well, no pray; big belly ache, heap God.'”
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) ‘The Devil's Dictionary’
“A full Belly brings forth every Evil.”
“A full Belly is the Mother of all Evil.”
“A full Belly makes a dull Brain: The Muses starve in a Cook's Shop.”
“Hold your Council before Dinner; the full Belly hates Thinking as well as Acting.”
“If it were not for the Belly, the Back might wear Gold.”
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) ‘Poor Richard's Almanac’
“Some people have a foolish way of not minding, or pretending not to mind, what they eat. For my part, I mind my belly very studiously, and very carefully; for I look upon it, that he who does not mind his belly will hardly mind anything else.”
Samuel Johnson, English writer, lexicographer, critic and conversationalist (1709-1784) Quoted in James Boswell's ‘The Life of Samuel Johnson’
“It is a curious fact that no man likes to call himself a glutton, and yet each of us has in him a trace of gluttony, potential or actual. I cannot believe that there exists a single coherent human being who will not confess, at least to himself, that once or twice he has stuffed himself to bursting point on anything from quail financiere to flapjacks, for no other reason than the beastlike satisfaction of his belly.”
M.F.K. Fisher (1908-1992)
'An Alphabet for Gourmets' (1949)
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