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Quotes about Life & Food

“Life has been reduced to getting food out of cans.”
Martin H. Fischer (1879-1962)

“Life is like a box of sardines and we are all looking for the key.”
Alan BennettEnglish playwright

“Life goes faster on protein.”
Martin H. Fischer (1879-1962)

“Life is like eating artichokes; you have got to go through so much to get so little.”
Thomas Aloysius (Tad) Dorgan, Cartoonist

“'Life,' said Emerson, 'consists in what a man is thinking all day.'  If that be so, then my life is nothing but a big intestine. I not only think about food all day, but I dream about it at night.”
Henry Miller, 'Tropic of Cancer' (1961)

“People who like to cook like to talk about food....without one cook giving another cook a tip or two, human life might have died out a long time ago.”
Laurie Colwin, 'Home Cooking'

“Life is a combination of magic and pasta.”


“Life's a pudding full of plums.”
W.S. Gilbert (1836-1911)

“Life is like a box of chocolates.”
Tom Hanks in 'Forrest Gump' (1994)

"To eat, to love, to sing, and to digest; in truth, these are the four acts in this opéra bouffe that we call life, and which vanishes like the bubbles in a bottle of champagne."
Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868)

"What an awful thing life is. It's like soup with lots of hairs floating on the surface. You have to eat it nevertheless."
Gustave Flaubert

“To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.”
Benjamin Franklin

“If life is a bowl of cherries, then what am I doing in the pits?”
Erma Bombeck

“There comes a time in every woman's life when the only thing that helps is a glass of champagne.”
Bette Davis in ‘Old Acquaintance’

“Life is like an onion: You peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep.”
Carl Sandburg

“Life is so brief that we should not glance either too far backwards or forwards...therefore study how to fix our happiness in our glass and in our plate.”
Grimod de la Reynière (1758-1838)

“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 journalist and author)

“The earth does not belong to man; Man belongs to the earth. This we know. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.”
Chief Seattle, 19th century Native American

"One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating."
Luciano Pavarotti, ‘My Own Story’

“Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”
Albert Einstein

“The devil has put a penalty on all things we enjoy in life. Either we suffer in health or we suffer in soul or we get fat.”
Albert Einstein

“A little garlic, judiciously used, won't seriously affect your social life and will tone up more dull dishes than any commodity discovered to date.”
Alexander Wright, ‘How to Live Without a Woman’ (1937)

“Eating should be done in silence, lest the windpipe open before the gullet, and life be in danger.”
The Talmud

“If bread is the first necessity of life, recreation is a close second.”
Edward Bellamy, American writer (1850-1898)

“The universe is nothing except for life and everything that lives has to feed itself.”
Jean-Antheleme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826)

“My only regret in life is that I did not drink more Champagne.”
John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946)


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