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FOOD QUOTES SECTION
Over 4,600 Quotes About Food, Beverages, Agriculture and the Pleasures of the Table
“You don't win friends with salad.”
“....if a man hates tapioca pudding he is a good fellow and my friend.”
A.A. Milne, 'Lunch' (1934)
"Animals are my friends...and I don't eat my friends."
George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright and critic (1856-1950)
“A toast to the Cocktail Party
Where olives are speared
And friends are stabbed.”
“Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”
“Who has but once dined his friends, has tasted what it is to be Caesar.”
Herman Mellville, 'Moby Dick' (1851)
“Tart Words make no Friends: a spoonful of honey will catch more flies than Gallon of Vinegar.”
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) ‘Poor Richard's Almanac’
“The local wine, a dinner at your friends' house, and music performed by amateurs are three things to be equally dreaded.”
Grimod de la Reynière (1758-1838)
“Carve a ham as if you were shaving the face of a friend.”
Henri Charpentier, cook to J.D. Rockefeller in U.S. (?1896)
“Money brings you food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; acquaintances, but not friends.”
Henrik Ibsen, Norwegian playwright (1828-1906)
“When you ask one friend to dine,
Give him you best wine!
When you ask two,
The second best will do!”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet (1807-1882)
“He who receives his friends and gives no personal attention to the meal which is being prepared for them, is not worthy of having friends.”
Jean-Antheleme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826)
“How can one make friends without exquisite dishes! It is mainly through the table that one governs!”
Jean-Jacques Regis de Cambaceres
French politician (1713-1824)
“Do you have a kinder, more adaptable friend in the food world than soup? Who soothes you when you are ill? Who refuses to leave you when you are impoverished and stretches its resources to give a hearty sustenance and cheer? Who warms you in the winter and cools you in the summer? Yet who also is capable of doing honor to your richest table and impressing your most demanding guests? Soup does its loyal best, no matter what undignified conditions are imposed upon it. You don't catch steak hanging around when you're poor and sick, do you?”
Judith Martin (Miss Manners)
“Condiments are like old friends -- highly thought of, but often taken for granted.”
Marilyn Kaytor, ‘Condiments: The Tastemakers’
Look Magazine, January 29, 1963
Notice in the Marshall, Missouri Democrat, Nov 28, 1858: "Our country friends, who have not yet paid their subscription, are respectfully informed that we have to buy all the vegetables for table use, and those who have cabbage, potatoes, or anything of that kind to spare can paid their indebtedness in that way."
Marshall, Missouri Democrat
“It is a true saying that a man must eat a peck of salt with his friend before he knows him.”
Miguel de Cervantes, Spanish author. (1547-1616)
‘Don Quixote de la Mancha’
“The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
“We dare not trust our wit for making our house pleasant to our friend, so we buy ice cream.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
“As for rosemary, I let it run all over my garden walls, not only because my bees love it but because it is the herb sacred to remembrance and to friendship, whence a sprig of it hath a dumb language.”
Sir Thomas More (1478-1535)
“Madam, I have been looking for a person who disliked gravy all my life: let us swear eternal friendship.”
Sydney Smith, English writer (1771-1845)
“No guest is so welcome in a friend's house that he will not become a nuisance after three days.”
Titus Maccius Plautus, Roman playwright
‘Miles Gloriosus’ (254-184 B.C.)
“And do as adversaries do in law, strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends.”
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) ‘The Taming of the Shrew’
“An egg of one hour old, bread of one day, a goat of one month, wine of six months, flesh of a year, fish of ten years and a wife of twenty years, a friend among a hundred, are the best of all number.”
John Wodroephe, English commentator. 'Spared Hours,' 1623
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