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Brain Food Quotes

“....every one knows that some young bucks among the epicures, by continually dining upon calves brains, by and by get to have little brains of their own, so as to be able to tell a calf's head from their own heads; which, indeed, requires uncommon descrimination.”

Herman Mellville, 'Moby Dick' (1851)


“He has not so much brain as earwax.”

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
'Troilus and Cressida'


“I have very poor and unhappy brains for drinking: I could well wish courtesy would invent some other custom of entertainment.”

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) 'Othello'


“O thou invisible spirit of wine, if thou has no name to be known by, let us call thee devil....O God, that men should put an enemy in their mouths to steal away their brains! that we should, with joy, pleasance revel and applause, transform ourselves into beasts!”

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) 'Othello'


“Everybody knows brains can be fried--just as all know they can be addled. We of the old south pickled ours. Go and do likewise if you want an experience.”

'Dishes & Beverages Of The Old South'
Martha McCulloch-Williams (1913)


“Agassiz does recommend authors to eat fish, because the phosphorus in it makes brains. But I cannot help you to a decision about the amount you need to eat. Perhaps a couple of whales would be enough.”

Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) (1835-1910)


Alcohol is a good preservative for everything but brains.”

Mary Pettibone Poole


“A full Belly makes a dull Brain: The Muses starve in a Cook's Shop.”

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
‘Poor Richard's Almanac’


“A good cook is the peculiar gift of the gods. He must be a perfect creature from the brain to the palate, from the palate to the finger's end.”

Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864)
‘Imaginary Conversations’


“A gourmet is just a glutton with brains.”

Philip W. Haberman, Jr. (Vogue)



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