“Nature understands her business better than we do.”
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, French essayist (1533-1592)
"How many apples fell on Newton's head before he took the hint? Nature is always hinting at us. It hints over and over again. And suddenly we take the hint."
Robert Frost (1874-1963)
"How cunningly nature hides every wrinkle of her inconceivable antiquity under roses and violets and morning dew!"
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed, but nature does not depend on us. We are not the only experiment."
R. Buckminister Fuller
“In general, mankind, since the improvement of cookery, eats twice as much as nature requires.”
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
"Look deep, deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."
“Food is about agriculture, about ecology, about man's relationship with nature, about the climate, about nation-building, cultural struggles, friends and enemies, alliances, wars, religion. It is about memory and tradition and, at times, even about sex.”
Mark Kurlansky, 'Choice Cuts' (2002)
"Of all the wonders of nature, a tree in summer is perhaps the most remarkable; with the possible exception of a moose singing ‘Embraceable You’ in spats."
“Those from whom nature has withheld taste invented trousers.”
Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826)
“Every investigation which is guided by principles of nature fixes its ultimate aim entirely on gratifying the stomach.”
Athenaeus, A.D. 200
“Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own; and from morning to night, as from the cradle to the grave, it is but a succession of changes so gentle and easy that we can scarcely mark their progress.”
“Nature will castigate those who don't masticate.”
Horace Fletcher (1849-1919)
“Seating themselves on the greensward, they eat while the corks fly and there is talk, laughter and merriment, and perfect freedom, for the universe is their drawing room and the sun their lamp. Besides, they have appetite, Nature's special gift, which lends to such a meal a vivacity unknown indoors, however beautiful the surroundings.”
Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
“We were not satisfied with the qualities which nature gave to poultry; art stepped in and, under the pretext of improving fowls, has made martyrs of them.”
Jean-Antheleme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826)
“To eat steak rare . . . represents both a nature and a morality.”
Roland Barthes, French critic (1915-1980)
“Nature alone is antique and the oldest art a mushroom."
Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) Scots writer
“The whole of nature, as has been said, is a conjugation of the verb to eat, in the active and passive.”
William Ralph Inge (1860-1954) ‘Outspoken Essays’
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