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Meat Quotes

“If you don't eat yer meat, you can't have any pudding.  How can you have any pudding if you don't eat yer meat?”
Pink Floyd, 'Another Brick in the Wall, Part II (1979)

“Meat Meat! We are going to eat some meat; and what meat!  Real game! Still no bread, though.”
Ned Land in Jules Verne's 'Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea' (1870)

“The poor man must walk to get meat for his stomach, the rich man to get a stomach to his meat.”
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) Poor Richard's Almanac

Wine is the intellectual part of a meal while meat is the material.”
Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)

"Much meat, much malady."
Thomas Fuller, English clergyman (1608-1661)

“A human can be healthy without killing animals for food. Therefore if he eats meat he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite.”
Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy, Russian author (1828-1910)

Bread is the king of the table and all else is merely the court that surrounds the king. The countries are the soup, the meat, the vegetables, the salad but bread is king.”
Louis Bromfield, American novelist  (1896-1956)

“Recognize meat for what is really is: the antibiotic and pesticide laden corpse of a tortured animal.”
Ingrid Newkirk (President of PETA)

    "There was an Old Person of Biythe,
    Who cut up his meat with a scythe;
    When they said, 'Well! I never!' -
         he cried, 'Scythes for ever!'
    That lively Old Person of Biythe."

    Edward Lear, English artist, writer; known for his 'literary nonsense' & limericks  (1812-1888)

“Beware of meat twice boil'd, & an old foe reconcil'd.”
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)’ Poor Richard's Almanac’

"Red meat is not bad for you. Now blue-green meat, that’s bad for you!"
Tommy Smothers

Vegetables are interesting but lack a sense of purpose when unaccompanied by a good cut of meat.”
Fran Lebowitz ('Metropolitan Life')

“Veal is the quintessential Lonely Guy meat. There's something pale and lonely about it, especially if it doesn't have any veins. It's so wan and Kierkegaardian. you just know it's not going to hurt you.”
Bruce Jay Friedman (1930- ) ‘The Lonely Guy Cookbook’ (1976)

“Don't take a butcher's advice on how to cook meat. If he knew, he'd be a chef."
Andy Rooney

“The English will agree with me that there are plenty of good things for the table in America; but the old proverb says: 'God sends meat and the devil sends cooks.'”
Captain Frederick Marryat, ‘Diary in America’ (1837)

Tastes change.  We have recently seen the horse on the verge of replacing the ox, which would be quite just, since the ox had replaced the donkey.  Maecenas was the first in Roman times to make use of the flesh of the domestic donkey .....Monsieur Isouard of Malta reports that, as a result of the blockade of the island of Malta by the English and the Neapolitans, the inhabitants were reduced to eating all the horses, dogs, cats, donkeys, and rats: 'This circumstance,' he says, 'led to the discovery that donkey meat was very good; so much so, in fact, that gourmands in the city of Valetta preferred it to the best beef and even veal ..... Particularly boiled, roast, or braised, its flavor is exquisite.  The meat is blackish and the fat verging on yellow.  However, the donkey must only be three or four years old and must be fat.”
Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870) ‘Grande Dictionnaire de cuisine’

“The smell of roasting meat together with that of burning fruit wood and dried herbs, as voluptuous as incense in a church, is enough to turn anyone into a budding gastronome.”
Claudia Roden, food writer, Picnic (1981)

“Heaven sends us good meat, but the devil sends us cooks.”
David Garrick (1717-1779), 'Epigram on Goldsmith's Retaliation'

“A clever cook, can make....good meat of a whetstone.”
Desiderius Erasmus, Dutch priest and scholar  (1466?-1536)

“Vegetables are interesting but lack a sense of purpose when unaccompanied by a good cut of meat.”
Fran Lebowitz ('Metropolitan Life')

“Greater eaters of meat are in general more cruel and ferocious than other men.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

When asked about his carving skills, replied: "I just yell at the bird and hope the meat will fall off."
Jeff Smith, the Frugal Gourmet

“If there hadn't been women we'd still be squatting in a cave eating raw meat, because we made civilization in order to impress our girl friends. And they tolerated it and let us go ahead and play with our toys.”
Orson Welles, actor, director, producer, writer (1915-1985)

“A louse in the cabbage is better than no meat at all.”
Pennsylvania Dutch proverb

“As for the garden of mint, the very smell of it alone recovers and refreshes our spirits, as the taste stirs up our appetite for meat,”

“But doth not the appetite alter? A man loves the meat in his youth that he cannot endure in his age.”
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) 'Much Ado About Nothing'

“It is only by softening and disguising dead flesh by culinary preparation that it is rendered susceptible of mastication or digestion; and tht the sight of its bloody juices and raw horror does not excite intolerable loathing and disgust.”
Percy Bysshe Shelley, 'Queen Mab' 1813.


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