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Food Necessity Quotes

“Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.”

Voltaire (Pen name of Francois Marie Arouet, French writer and philosopher, one of the leaders of the Enlightenment)


Food for all is a necessity. Food should not be a merchandise, to be bought and sold as jewels are bought and sold by those who have the money to buy. Food is a human necessity, like water and air, it should be available.”

Pearl Buck (1892-1973)
American Nobel Prize winning author


“If bread is the first necessity of life, recreation is a close second.”

Edward Bellamy, American writer (1850-1898)


“Central heating, French rubber goods and cookbooks are three amazing proofs of man's ingenuity in transforming necessity into art, and, of these, cookbooks are perhaps most lastingly delightful.”

M.F.K. Fisher (1908-1992) ‘Serve It Forth’ (1937)


“Man has to eat to live; and to this primary condition of life he raises no particular objection. Man, indeed, eats and drinks with gusto; and not unfrequently, let it be confessed, without actual necessity.”

Frederick W. Hackwood, ‘Good Cheer’ (1911)



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