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Digestion Food Quotes

“No kind of beverage should be taken hot -- it injures the teeth and impairs digestion.”
Sarah Josepha Hale, 'The Good Housekeeper' (1839)

“A sound digestion is the backbone of England.”
Howard Engel, ‘The Case of the Borderland Dandelions’ (2001)

"Digestion, of all the bodily functions, is the one which exercises the greatest influence on the mental state of an individual."
Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826)

“Digestion is one of the most delicately balanced of all human and perhaps angelic functions.”
M.F.K. Fisher (1949)
in her translation of ‘The Physiology of taste’


"Digestion: The conversion of victuals into virtues."
Ambrose Bierce  (1842-1914) ‘The Devil's Dictionary’, 1906

“Keen appetite
And quick digestion wait on you and yours.”

John Dryden (1631-1700) ‘Cleomenes’ (act IV, sc. 1)

“Because of the media hype and woefully inadequate information, too many people nowadays are deathly afraid of their food, and what does fear of food do to the digestive system? I am sure that an unhappy or suspicious stomach, constricted and uneasy with worry, cannot digest properly. And if digestion is poor, the whole body politic suffers.”
Julia Child (1912-2004)

“Physicians say that coffee without cream is more wholesome, particularly for persons of weak digestion. There seems to be some element in the coffee which combined with the milk, forms a leathery coating on the stomach, and impairs digestion.”
‘The Buckeye Cookbook’ (1883)

“Unquiet meals make ill digestions.”
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

“Things sweet to taste prove in digestion sour.”
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)  ‘Richard II’

“Indigestion: A disease which the patient and his friends frequently mistake for deep religious conviction and concern for the salvation of mankind. As the simple Red Man of the Western Wild put it, with, it must be confessed, a certain force: 'Plenty well, no pray; big belly ache, heap God.'”
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) ‘The Devil's Dictionary’

“Those who give themselves indigestion or get drunk, do not know how to eat or drink.”
Jean-Antheleme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826)

“A good eater must be a good man; for a good eater must have a good digestion, and a good digestion depends upon a good conscience.”
Benjamin Disraeli, 'The Young Duke' (1831)

“The fate of a nation has often depended upon the good or bad digestion of a prime minister.”
Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet), French writer and philosopher (1694-1778)



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