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Gluttons & Gluttony Quotes

“Gluttony is an emotional escape, a sign something is eating us.”
Peter de Vries, American writer. (1910-1993)

"Gluttony kills more than the sword."
George Herbert (1593-1633)
English poet of the metaphysical school.

“But one can be a cannibal and still be honourable, just as one can be a glutton and still be honest. One does not exclude the other.”
Conseil in Jules Verne's 'Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea' (1870)

"He who distinguishes the true savor of his food can never be a glutton; he who does not cannot be otherwise."
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

"The casuists have classed gluttony as one of the seven deadly sins, but if it is not tainted by the vice of drinking to inebriation or eating to excess, it deserves to be on a par with the theological virtues."
Lucien Tendret (1825-1896)
French lawyer and gastronome; great-nephew of Brillat-Savarin.

"I am not a glutton -- I am an explorer of food."
Erma Bombeck (1927-1996)

"O gluttony, it is to thee we owe our griefs!"
Geoffrey Chaucer (1342-1400)

"Gluttony is an emotional escape, a sign that something is eating us."
Peter De Vries (1910-1993)

"Gluttony is a great fault; but we do not necessarily dislike a glutton. We only dislike the glutton when he becomes a gourmet--that is, we only dislike him when he not only wants the best for himself, but knows what is best for other people."
G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

“Ever a glutton, at another's cost,
But in whose kitchen dwells perpetual frost.”

John Dryden (1631-1700) 'Fourth Satire of Persius'

“A gourmet is just a glutton with brains.”
Philip W. Haberman, Jr. (Vogue)

“It is a curious fact that no man likes to call himself a glutton, and yet each of us has in him a trace of gluttony, potential or actual. I cannot believe that there exists a single coherent human being who will not confess, at least to himself, that once or twice he has stuffed himself to bursting point on anything from quail financiere to flapjacks, for no other reason than the beastlike satisfaction of his belly.”
M.F.K. Fisher (1908-1992)
‘An Alphabet for Gourmets’ (1949)

“'What I like about gluttony,' a bishop I knew used to say, 'is that it doesn't hurt anyone else.'”
Monica Furlong (1930-2003)

    “Eat slowly; only men in rags
    and gluttons old in sin
    Mistake themselves for carpet-bags
    And tumble victuals in.”

    Sir Walter Raleigh, ‘Instructions to His Son’, 1632
    (‘Consuming Passions’, Jonathan Green, ed. (1985)

“When gourmandism turns into gluttony, voracity, or perversion, it loses its name, its attributes, and all of its meaning, and becomes fit subject for the moralist who can preach upon it or the doctor who can cure it with his prescriptions.”
Jean-Antheleme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826)
‘The Physiology of Taste’ (1825)


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