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Civilization Food Quotes

“The dog that buried the bone which even a canine appetite could not manage, the squirrel that gathered nuts for a later feast, the bees that filled the comb with honey, the ants that laid up stores for a rainy day - these were among the first creators of civilization. It was they....who taught our ancestors the art of providing for tomorrow out of the surplus of today, or of preparing for winter in summer's time of plenty.”
Will Durant, 'Our Oriental Heritage' (1935)
 

"The stomach is the center and origin of civilization."
Unknown
 

“In the last analysis civilization is based upon the food supply.
Will Durant, 'Our Oriental Heritage' (1935)
 

“Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.”
Ernest Hemingway, 'Death in the Afternoon'
 

"Woman's success in lifting men out of their way of life nearly resembling that of the beasts -- who merely hunted and fished for food, who found shelter where they could in jungles, in trees, and caves -- was a civilizing triumph."
Mary Ritter Beard
‘Woman as a Force in History’ (1946)

 

"Dining is the privilege of civilization...The nation which knows how to dine has learnt the leading lesson of progress."
Isabella Beeton (1836-1865)
‘Book of Household Management’ (1861)

 

“If there hadn't been women we'd still be squatting in a cave eating raw meat, because we made civilization in order to impress our girl friends. And they tolerated it and let us go ahead and play with our toys.”
Orson Welles
Actor, director, producer, writer (1915-1985)

 

“As in the fine arts, the progress of mankind from barbarism to civilisation is marked by a gradual succession of triumphs over the rude materialities of nature, so in the art of cookery is the progress gradual from the earliest and simplest modes, to those of the most complicated and refined.”
Isabella Beeton (1836-1865)
‘The Book of Household Management’ (1861)

 

“The economy of the kitchen is only a counterpart, in its simplicity or complication, its rudeness or luxury, of the economy of the State. The perfectibility of cookery indicates the perfectibility of society. The progress of cookery is the progress of civilisation.”
Frederick W. Hackwood, ‘Good Cheer’ (1911)
 

 

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