“Alcohol is necessary for a man so that he can have a good opinion of himself, undisturbed by the facts.”
Finley Peter Dunne (1867-1936)
“Since hunger is the most primitive and permanent of human wants, men always want to eat, but since their wish not to be a mere animal is also profound, they have always attended with special care to the manners which conceal the fact that at the table we are animals feeding.”
John Erskine, 'The Complete Life'
“In the United States all business not transacted over the telephone is accomplished in conjunction with alcohol or food, often under conditions of advanced intoxication. This is a fact of the utmost importance for the visitor of limited funds . . . for it means that the most expensive restaurants are, with rare exceptions, the worst.”
John Kenneth Galbraith, economist
“You may feel that you have eaten too much...But this pastry is like feathers - it is like snow. It is in fact good for you, a digestive!”
M.F.K. Fisher (1908-1992) ‘I Was Really Very Hungry’
“I remember his burlesque pretense that morning of an inextinguishable grief when I wonder that I had never eaten blueberry cake before, and how he kept returning to the pathos of the fact that there should be a region of the earth where blueberry cake was unknown.”
William Dean Howells (1894)
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