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Dinner Food Quotes

“But when the time comes that a man has had his dinner, then the true man comes to the surface.”
Mark Twain (1835-1910)

“When my mother had to get dinner for 8 she'd make enough for 16 and only serve half.”
Gracie Allen

“You need not rest your reputation on the dinners you give.”
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

“The dinner is the happy end of the Briton's day. We work harder than the other nations of the earth. We do more, we live more in our time, than Frenchmen or Germans. Every great man amongst us likes his dinner, and takes to it kindly.”
William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

“You can't possibly ask me to go without having some dinner. It's absurd. I never go without my dinner. No one ever does, except vegetarians and people like that.”
Oscar Wilde, 'The Importance of Being Earnest' (1895)

“His life was chiefly made up of dinners, of journeys to and from dinners, of talks about past dinners, and of speculations upon future dinners.”
Hesketh Pearson, 'The Smith of Smiths' (1934)

“The success of the dinner depends as much upon the company as the cook. Discordant elements - people invited alphabetically, or to pay off debts - are fatal.”
Ward McAllister, 'Society As I Have Found It' (1890)

“Let me cook the dinners of a nation, and I shall not care who makes its laws.”
'Dishes & Beverages Of The Old South'
Martha McCulloch-Williams (1913)


“Hold your Council before Dinner; the full Belly hates Thinking as well as Acting.”
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) ‘Poor Richard's Almanac

“No wonder Tom grows fat, th' unweildy Sinner,
Makes his whole Life but one continual Dinner.”

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) ‘Poor Richard's Almanac’

"Everything is done at dinner in the century in which we live, and it is by these dinners that men are governed."
Charles Pierre Monselet (1825-1888)
French journalist and author

"If the soup had been as warm as the wine, if the wine had been as old as the turkey, if the turkey had had a breast like the maid, it would have been a swell dinner."
Duncan Hines, food and lodging critic (1880-1959)

"After a good dinner, one can forgive anybody, even one's relatives."
Oscar Wilde

"One morning, as I went to the freezer door, I asked my wife, 'What should I take out for dinner?' Without a moment's hesitation, she replied, 'Me.'"

"A man who can dominate a London dinner table can dominate the world."
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

"Americans are just beginning to regard food the way the French always have. Dinner is not what you do in the evening before something else. Dinner is the evening."
Art Buchwald

"Sir, respect your dinner: idolize it, enjoy it properly. You will be many hours in the week, many weeks in the year, and many years in your life happier if you do."
William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

"Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper."
Adelle Davis (1904-1974)

"A man seldom thinks with more earnestness of anything than he does of his dinner."
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

"All human history attests That happiness for man,--the hungry sinner!-- Since Eve ate apples, much depends on dinner."
Lord Byron (1788-1824)
‘The Island’, Canto xiii Stanza 99

Dinner is the "principal act of the day that can only be carried out in a worthy manner by people of wit and humor; for it is not sufficient just to eat at dinner.  One has to talk with a calm and discreet gaiety.  The conversation must sparkle like the rubies in the entremets wines, it must be delightfully suave with the sweetmeats of the dessert, and become very profound with the coffee."
Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)

“A man's own dinner is to himself so important that he cannot bring himself to believe that it is a matter utterly indifferent to anyone else.”
Anthony Trollope, English novelist (1815-1882)

“We had for Dinner a Calf's Head, boiled Fowl and tongue, a Saddle of Mutton Roasted on the Side Table, and a fine Swan roasted with Currant Jelly Sauce for the first Course. The second Course a couple of Wild Fowl called Dun Fowls, Larks, Blancmange, Tarts etc. etc. and a good Dessert of Fruit after amongst which was a Damson Cheese. I never eat a bit of Swan before, and I think it good eating with sweet sauce. The Swan was killed three weeks before it was eat and yet not the least bad taste in it.”
James Woodforde, 18th century English country parson
‘Diary of a Country Parson’, January 28th 1780

“Dinner was made for eatin' not for talkin'.”
William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

“Dinners are given mostly in the middle classes by way of revenge.”
William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)
‘The Book of Snobs’ (1847)

“They take great pride in making their dinner cost much; I take my pride in making my dinner cost so little.”
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

“Strange to see how a good dinner and feasting reconciles everybody.”
Samuel Pepys (1633-1703)

“A clear soup, a bit of fish, a couple of little entrees and a nice little roast. That's my kind of a dinner.”
William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

“He that waits upon fortune, is never sure of a dinner.”
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)


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