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quotations about hunger

A hungry man is not a free man.

ADLAI STEVENSON, speech, Sept. 6, 1952

A hungry man is an angry man.

AZIZ DWEIK, Time Magazine, Apr. 10, 2006

Hunger is insolent, and will be fed.

HOMER, The Odyssey

The fact is that this generation -- yours, my generation ... we're the first generation that can look at poverty and disease, look across the ocean to Africa and say with a straight face, we can be the first to end this sort of stupid extreme poverty, where in the world of plenty, a child can die for lack of food in it's belly.

BONO, 2004 PENN Address

Hunger is a powerful incentive to introspection.

WILLA CATHER, "The Burglar's Christmas," Home Monthly, Dec. 1896

Hunger makes a fool of a man.

H. G. WELLS, "The Diamond Maker"

God never sendeth the mouth but he sendeth meat.


There's nothing as human as hunger. There's no creation without talent, I give you that, but talent is cheap. Talent goes begging. Hunger is the piston of art.


I have never known what it means to be hungry. I don't mean by this statement that I was raised by a well-to-do family--I have no such banal intent. I mean that I have had not the remotest idea of the nature of the sensation of "hunger." It sounds peculiar to say it, but I have never been aware that my stomach was empty. When as a boy I returned home from school the people at home would make a great fuss over me. "You must be hungry. We remember what it's like, how terribly hungry you feel by the time you get home from school. How about some jelly beans? There's cake and biscuits too." Seeking to please, as I invariably did, I would mumble that I was hungry, and stuff a dozen jelly beans in my mouth, but what they meant by feeling hungry completely escaped me.

OSAMU DAZAI, No Longer Human

Hunger is the best seasoning.


Hunger is a powerful reorganizer of the conscience.

MARGARET ATWOOD, The Year of the Flood

Hunger knows no friend but its feeder.


A stomach accustomed to hunger is satisfied with very little.

JOSÉ SARAMAGO, Baltasar and Blimunda

Hunger allows no choice.

W. H. AUDEN, "September 1, 1939", Selected Poems

Everybody's got a hunger, a hunger they can't resist;
There's so much that you want, you deserve much more than this.
But if dreams came true, oh, wouldn't that be nice?
But this ain't no dream we're living through tonight.
Girl, you want it, you take it, you pay the price.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, "Prove It All Night", Darkness on the Edge of Town

One who could hunger could starve.

OCTAVIA E. BUTLER, Lilith's Brood

Hunger is the best sauce.

MARGARET ATWOOD, The Year of the Flood


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