We must eat to live, and not live to eat.
HENRY FIELDING, The Miser
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, Shocking Life
I keep eating for fear I will be hungry.
MASON COOLEY, City Aphorisms
I do not like broccoli. And I haven't liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I'm President of the United States and I'm not going to eat any more broccoli.
Nothing like the act of eating for equalizing men. Dying is nothing to it.
ELIZABETH GASKELL, North and South
If we're not supposed to eat animals ... how come they're made out of meat?
- All human history attests
- That happiness for man,the hungry sinner!
- Since Eve ate apples, much depends on dinner.
Man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry.
The proof of the pudding is in the eating.
MIGUEL DE CERVANTES, Don Quixote
ANONYMOUS, beef advertisement, Bridgeport Telegraph, 1923
You are what what you eat eats.
MICHAEL POLLAN, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto
Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.
ANTHELME BRILLAT-SAVARIN, Physiologie du Gout
When engaged in eating, the brain should be the servant of the stomach.
AGATHA CHRISTIE, Lord Edgware Dies
- The poor man will praise it so hath he good cause,
- That all the year eats neither partridge nor quail,
- But sets up his rest and makes up his feast,
- With a crust of brown bread and a pot of good ale.
ANONYMOUS, "An Antidote Against Melancholy"
When it comes to eating, you can sometimes help yourself more by helping yourself less.
RICHARD ARMOUR, attributed, Sura's Quotable Quotes, Adages and Sayings
He hath eaten me out of house and home.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Henry IV, Part II
Eating, and hospitality in general, is a communion, and any meal worth attending by yourself is improved by the multiples of those with whom it is shared. Animals eat alone, but even then not always. The first thing monkeys did when they became humans was to gather around the campfire to celebrate, perhaps a little prematurely.
JESSE BROWNER, The Duches Who Wouldn't Sit Down
A cheerful look makes a dish a feast.
GEORGE HERBERT, Jacula Prudentum
First come, first served.
HENRY BRINKLOW, Complaint of Roderyck Mors
When you ignore your belly, you become homeless. You spend your life trying to erase your own existence. Apologizing for yourself. Feeling like a ghost. Eating to take up space, eating to give yourself the feeling that you have weight here, you belong here, you are allowed to be yourself -- but never quite believing it because you don't sense yourself directly.
GENEEN ROTH, Women, Food and God
LUDWIG ANDREAS FEUERBACH, "Concerning Spiritualism and Materialism"
Things sweet to taste prove in digestion sour.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Richard II
To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.
FRANCOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD, Maxims
- We may live without poetry, music and art;
- We may live without conscience, and live without heart;
- We may live without friends; we may live without books;
- But civilized man cannot live without cooks.
- He may live without books,what is knowledge but grieving?
- He may live without hope,what is hope but deceiving?
- He may live without love,what is passion but pining?
- But where is the man that can live without dining?
A stomach that is seldom empty despises common food.
There is a difference between dining and eating. Dining is an art. When you eat to get most out of your meal, to please the palate, just as well as to satiate the appetite, that, my friend, is dining.
YUAN MEI, attributed, The Soup Book
Let us eat and drink; for to-morrow we shall die.
- Man is a carnivorous production,
- And must have meals, at least one meal a day;
- He cannot live, like woodcocks, upon suction,
- But, like the shark and tiger, must have prey;
- Although his anatomical construction
- Bears vegetables, in a grumbling way,
- Your laboring people think beyond all question,
- Beef, veal, and mutton better for digestion.
No matter what we weigh, those of us who are compulsive eaters have anorexia of the soul. We refuse to take in what sustains us. We live lives of deprivation.
GENEEN ROTH, Women, Food and God
To eat well in England you should have breakfast three times a day.
W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM, attributed, The First Time I Heard Anthea Speak