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Eating Food Quotes

“In 'The Republic' he [Plato] states that the enjoyment of food is not a true pleasure because the purpose of eating is to relieve pain -- hunger.
Mark Kurlansky, 'Choice Cuts' (2002)

“One of the delights of life is eating with friends, second to that is talking about eating. And, for an unsurpassed double whammy, there is talking about eating while you are eating with friends.”
Laurie Colwin 'Home Cooking'

“The chief pleasure in eating does not consist in costly seasoning, or exquisite flavor, but in yourself.”
Horace (65-8 B.C.) Roman lyric poet.

Work before eating, rest after eating. Eat not ravenously, filling the mouth gulp after gulp without breathing space.”

Maimonides (1135-1204)

“To be always intending to live a new life, but never find time to set about it -- this is as if a man should put off eating and drinking from one day to another till he be starved and destroyed.”
Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)

“I eat merely to put food out of my mind.”
N.F. Simpson (1919--)

“In eating, a third of the stomach should be filled with food, a third with drink, and the rest left empty.”
The Talmud

“Seeing is deceiving. It's eating that's believing.”
James Thurber (1894-1961), American writer and cartoonist.

"Some people have a foolish way of not minding, or pretending not to mind, what they eat. For my part, I mind my belly very studiously, and very carefully; for I look upon it, that he who does not mind his belly will hardly mind anything else."
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)
James Boswell's 'The Life of Samuel Johnson'.


"Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside."
Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) (1835-1910).

"Intellectual men who quickly wolf down whatever nourishment is necessary for their bodies with a kind of disdain, may be very rational and have a noble intelligence, but they are not men of taste."
Sainte-Beuve, Charles Augustin (1804-1869) French historian.

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

"Animals feed; man eats; only a man of wit knows how to eat."
Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, ‘The Physiology of Taste’ (1825)

"Tell me what you eat, and I shall tell you what you are."
Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826)
‘The Physiology of Taste’ (1825)


"Never eat more than you can lift."
Miss Piggy (American Puppet Character) 1990s

"There is some s--t I won't eat -- unless they pay me to eat it on TV in Prime Time."
Walt Disney (1901-1966)

    "It's a very odd thing
    As odd as can be
    That whatever Miss T. eats
    Turns into Miss T."
    Walter John de la Mare (1873-1956) English poet, ‘Miss T’.

"Bad dinners go hand in hand with total depravity, while a man properly fed is already half-saved."

"To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals."
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

"Don't eat until you're full, eat until you're tired!"
Hawaiian saying

"I look upon it, that he who does not mind his belly will hardly mind anything else."
Samuel Johnson, English author (1709-1784)
‘The Affluent Society’

"Eating is touch carried to the bitter end."
Samuel Butler (19th century British author)

"There is nothing in the world that we do as much as we do eating."
Will Rogers

"If we are what we eat, with all the genetically modified and imitation foods we now eat, what the heck are we?"

"First we eat, then we do everything else."
M. F. K. Fisher

"Statistics show that of those who contract the habit of eating, very few survive."
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

"Let the stoics say what they please, we do not eat for the good of living, but because the meat is savory and the appetite is keen."
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

"Before eating, always take time to thank the food."
Arapaho Proverb

"Eating is not merely a material pleasure. Eating well gives a spectacular joy to life and contributes immensely to goodwill and happy companionship. It is of great importance to the morale."
Elsa Schiaparelli, Italian designer (1890-1973)

"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’

"It's better that it should make you sick than that you don't eat it at all."
Catalan Proverb

"When we lose, I eat. When we win, I eat. I also eat when we're rained out."
Tommy Lasorda (Dodgers baseball team manager)

“Eating and sleeping are a waste of time.”
Gerald Rudolph Ford (1913-?)

“If you are ever at a loss to support a flagging conversation, introduce the subject of eating.”
Leigh Hunt (1784-1859)

“All eating is a kind of proselytising - a kind of dogmatising - a maintaining that the eater's way of looking at things is better than the eatee's.”
Samuel Butler (1835-1902) 'Notebooks'

“Between the ages of twenty and fifty, John Doe spends some twenty thousand hours chewing and swallowing food, more than eight hundred days and nights of steady eating. The mere contemplation of this fact is upsetting enough.”
M.F.K. Fisher (1908-1992) 'Serve It Forth' (1937)

“Eat not to dullness, drink not to elevation.”
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

“Eating does not consist in putting cold, greasy animal food into one's mouth. Eating consists of putting into the mouth - chewing, enjoying the flavour, and swallowing, of course - warm, juicy, thinnish or thickish, fat or lean, morsels of properly prepared food precisely at the nick of time.”
Frederick W. Hackwood, ‘Good Cheer’ (1911)

“If there were no such thing as eating, we would have to invent it to save man from despairing.”
Dr. Wilhelm Stekhel, 'The Depths of the Soul'

“You know I love to talk about food I'm going to eat while I'm already eating.”
Grace, on the TV show Will & Grace


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