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Dining Food Quotes

"Ponder well on this point: the pleasant hours of our life are all connected by a more or less tangible link, with some memory of the table."
Charles Pierre Monselet, French author (1825-1888).

 

"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well."
'A Room of One's Own', Virginia Woolf, English novelist (1882-1941).

 

"Serenely full, the epicure would say, Fate cannot harm me, I have dined today."
Sydney Smith (1771-1845) English writer, quoted in ‘Lady Holland's Memoir’

 

"There is a difference between dining and eating. Dining is an art. When you eat to get the most out of your meal, to please the palate, just as well as to satiate the appetite, that, my friend, is dining."
Yuan Mei (1936)

 

"Dining is and always was a great artistic opportunity."
Frank Lloyd Wright

 

". . . gastronomical perfection can be reached in these combinations: one person dining alone, usually upon a couch or a hill side; two people, of no matter what sex or age, dining in a good restaurant; six people . . . dining in a good home."
M. F. K. Fisher, 'An Alphabet for Gourmets,' 1949

 

"Dine, v: to eat a good dinner in good company, and eat it slow. In dining, as distinguished from mere feeding, the palate and stomach never ask the hand, 'What are you giving us?'"
Ambrose Bierce, American writer (1842-1914)

 

"He may live without books - what is knowledge but grieving?
He may live without hope - what is hope but deceiving?
He may live without love - what is passion but pining?
But where is the man who can live without dining?"

Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1831-1891)
'Lucile' (1860)

 

 

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