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Welcome to my page of quotations about eating, hunger, appetite, meals, nutrition, drinking, gluttony, &c. For quotes about specific foods, see the Food and Desserts pages. See also: Dieting, Health, Body, and Fasting. Bon mot appétit! —tεᖇᖇ¡·g

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

Real food is the stuff that fuels real life! ~Kristina Turner,

The best General Rule for Diet that I can write, is to Eat and Drink only of such Foods—at such times,—and in such quantities—as Experience has convinced you, agree with your Constitution—and absolutely to avoid all other. ~William Kitchiner (1775–1827), "Art of Invigorating Life," The Art of Invigorating and Prolonging Life, by Food, Clothes, Air, Exercise, Wine, Sleep, &c. and Peptic Precepts, Pointing Out Agreeable and Effectual Methods to Prevent and Relieve Indigestion, and to Regulate and Strengthen the Action of the Stomach and Bowels, c.1821

Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity. ~Voltaire

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 and William Wright, Pavarotti, My Own Story

Take time enough for your meals, and eat them in company whenever you can. There is no need for hurry in life—least of all when we are eating. ~Edward Everett Hale, "How to Get the Best of It," c.1892

The scientific truth may be put quite briefly; eat moderately, having an ordinary mixed diet, and don't worry.  ~Robert Hutchison, 1932

To avoid sickness eat less; to prolong life worry less.  ~Chu Hui Weng

Eat little, sleep sound. ~Iranian proverb

As a child my family's menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it. ~Buddy Hackett

Edible, adj.: Good to eat, and wholesome to digest, as a worm to a toad, a toad to a snake, a snake to a pig, a pig to a man, and a man to a worm. ~Ambrose Bierce

The spirit cannot endure the body when overfed, but, if underfed, the body cannot endure the spirit. ~St Frances de Sales

All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast. ~John Gunther

Never work before breakfast; if you have to work before breakfast, eat your breakfast first. ~Josh Billings

Come, come! Let us go to breakfast. The morning air has given me a rude appetite. I long to say grace over a fresh egg... ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Hyperion, A Romance, "The Evening and the Morning Star," 1839

No man in the world has more courage than the man who can stop after eating one peanut. ~Channing Pollock

Anybody who believes that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach flunked geography. ~Robert Byrne

Food is an important part of a balanced diet. ~Fran Lebowitz, Metropolitan Life, "Food for Thought and Vice Versa"

I eat merely to put food out of my mind. ~N.F. Simpson

Dyspepsia is the remorse of a guilty stomach. ~A. Kerr

Sleep 'til you're hungry, eat 'til you're sleepy. ~Author unknown

Preserve and treat food as you would your body, remembering that in time food will be your body. ~B.W. Richardson

They are sick that surfeit with too much, as they that starve with nothing. ~William Shakespeare

      When you are in a melancholy fit, first suspect the body... a little bit of gristle sticking in the wrong place, an untimely consumption of custard, excessive gooseberries, often cover the mind with clouds and bring on the most distressing views of human life.
      I start up at two o'clock in the morning, after my first sleep, in an agony of terror, and feel all the weight of life upon my soul.... But stop, thou child of sorrow... and tell me on what you dined. Was not there soup and salmon, and then a plate of beef, and then duck, blanc-mange, cream cheese, diluted with beer, claret, champagne, hock, tea, coffee, and noyeau? And after all this, you talk of the mind and the evils of life! These kind of cases do not need meditation, but magnesia.
      ~Sydney Smith, "A Little Moral Advice: A Fragment on the Cultivation and Improvement of the Animal Spirits"

Against diseases here the strongest fence
Is the defensive vertue, abstinence.
~Robert Herrick, "Abstinence"

Humans live on one-quarter of what they eat; on the other three-quarters lives their doctor. ~Author Unknown

I tell you honestly what I think is the cause of the complicated maladies of the human race: it is their gormandizing and stuffing, and stimulating their digestive organs to an excess, thereby producing nervous disorders and irritation. ~John Abernethy (1764–1831)

Food-addiction, or food-drunkenness, is an old story in Hygienic literature. This is the first mention I have seen of it in "regular" medical literature. I fear to hope that its recognition spells progress. ~Herbert M. Shelton, Getting Well

The most of what a glutton eats goes to create a desire for more. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882

Although they can be very healthy I believe the current focus on gluten-free lifestyles is a little misplaced. I see an awful lot of people who would benefit much more from a glutton-free lifestyle. ~Wordplay genius and all-around great guy, Tim Irwin, 2012

The path to obesity is so tasty. ~John Hubbard

Clogged with yesterday's excess, the body drags the mind down with it. ~Horace

The belly rules the mind. ~Spanish proverb

We are all dietetic sinners; only a small percent of what we eat nourishes us; the balance goes to waste and loss of energy. ~William Osler

I tell you honestly what I think is the cause of the complicated maladies of the human race: it is their gormandizing and stuffing, and stimulating their digestive organs to an excess, thereby producing nervous disorders and irritation. ~John Abernethy (1764–1831)

Gluttony is the parent of disease. ~Proverbs by William Hardcastle Browne, 1900

Gluttony is an emotional escape, a sign something is eating us. ~Peter De Vries

Thou shouldst eat to live, not live to eat. ~Cicero, Rhetoricorum LV

We never repent of having eaten too little. ~Thomas Jefferson, 1825

If hunger is not the problem, then eating is not the solution. ~Author Unknown

Do vegetarians eat animal crackers? ~Author unknown

Great eaters and great sleepers are incapable of anything else that is great. ~Henry IV of France

People who love to eat are always the best people. ~Julia Child

An empty belly is the best cook. ~Estonian proverb

[D]iet — ...Here will generally be the hardest tug of all. Everybody loves good living; and the ingenuity of modern cookery has created so many dishes to satisfy that love, that few will, at first, be willing to apply that stern check on their appetites which is necessary. It needs to be stated, however, with entire candor, that whoso wants a fine physique, continued through middle age, and carried on to old age, must fulfil this part of the conditions, or the rest will be of no avail. ~Mose Velsor (Walt Whitman), "Manly Health and Training," New York Atlas, 1858 December 26th

So many of the pleasures of life are illusory, but a good dinner is a reality... ~Joseph Chamberlain (1836–1914)

But if eating was the primordial cause of our distress, it has also been the universal cure. From mother's breast to sacred rites our physical, emotional, and spiritual stress is answered with food. For as we have seen, it is through eating that we are reunited with nature. What we lost by eating we attempt to regain by eating.... Overweight people almost invariably are addicted to food as a cure for stress. Food is their magic elixir, their pacifier in a world where coping has become increasingly difficult. As one tragically obese girl told me, "Food is my best friend and my worst enemy..." ~Edward J. Dumke, The Serpent Beguiled Me And I Ate: A Heavenly Diet for Saints and Sinners, 1986

What is patriotism but the love of the food one ate as a child? ~Lin Yutang

We plan, we toil, we suffer — in the hope of what? A camel-load of idol's eyes? The title deeds of Radio City? The empire of Asia? A trip to the moon? No, no, no, no. Simply to wake just in time to smell coffee and bacon and eggs. ~J.B. Priestly

Hunger is the best sauce in the world. ~Cervantes

Oh, the tiger will love you. There is no love sincerer than the love of food. I think Ann loves you that way: she patted your cheek as if it were a nicely under-done chop. ~G. Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman: A Comedy and a Philosophy, 1903 (Tanner)

He who distinguishes the true savor of his food can never be a glutton; he who does not cannot be otherwise. ~Henry David Thoreau

We load up on oat bran in the morning so we'll live forever. Then we spend the rest of the day living like there's no tomorrow. ~Lee Iacocca

The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison. ~Ann Wigmore

Among those subjects which immediately relate to health, there is no one more important, or less regarded by individuals, than their aliment.... Nature intended that man should subsist upon the variety of bounties with which she has so liberally replenished the earth, and constituted his system in a manner suitable to partake, almost indiscriminately, of whatever is agreeable to his palate; and the injurious effects of many articles of diet are to be attributed, not so much to their peculiar nature, as to the refinements of cookery.... The gout was once a stranger in New England, but the luxury of modern days is preparing the way for a train of constitutional irregularities, which future generations can only regret, while they suffer its inflictions. To live long, live simply.... If plain animal food were taken but once a day, and men would substitute for the various ragouts, with which modern tables are so abundantly furnished, wholesome vegetables and pure water, or a weak fermented beverage... we should see health walking in the paths that are now crowded with the bloated victims of voluptuous appetite. ~"Food," The Medical Adviser, and Guide to Health and Long Life, edited by Alex. Burnett, M.D., 1824 July 24th

And I find chopsticks frankly distressing. Am I alone in thinking it odd that a people ingenious enough to invent paper, gunpowder, kites and any number of other useful objects, and who have a noble history extending back 3,000 years haven't yet worked out that a pair of knitting needles is no way to capture food? ~Bill Bryson

When I'm at a Chinese restaurant having a hard time with chopsticks, I always hope that there's a Chinese kid at an American restaurant somewhere who's struggling mightily with a fork. ~Rick Budinich

It is a hard matter, my fellow citizens, to argue with the belly, since it has no ears. ~Plutarch

Every time you eat or drink, you are either feeding disease or fighting it. ~Heather Morgan

Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside. ~Author unknown

Cutting stalks at noontime. Perspiration drips to the earth. Know you that your bowl of rice each grain from hardship comes? ~Chang Chan-Pao

Chronic disease is a foodborne illness. We ate our way into this mess, and we must eat our way out. ~Mark Hyman, M.D. (b.1959)

When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need. ~Ayurvedic proverb

Great food is like great sex. The more you have the more you want. ~Gael Greene

We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink... ~Epicurus

He who eats alone chokes alone. ~Proverb

After dinner sit a while, and after supper walk a mile. ~English saying

Good food is wise medicine. ~Alison Levitt M.D., Doctor in the Kitchen®,

When the belly is full, it says to the head, "Sing, fellow!" ~Arabian proverb

When the stomach is full the heart is glad. ~Dutch proverb

Tell me what you eat, I'll tell you who you are. ~Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

The more you eat, the less flavor; the less you eat, the more flavor. ~Chinese proverb

The whole of nature, as has been said, is a conjugation of the verb to eat, in the active and in the passive. ~William Ralph Inge

Govern well thy appetite, lest Sin
Surprise thee, and her black attendant, Death.
~John Milton

In general, mankind, since the improvement in cookery, eats twice as much as nature requires. ~Benjamin Franklin

Courage, cheerfulness, and a desire to work depends mostly on good nutrition. ~Jacob Moleschott

The body becomes what the foods are, as the spirit becomes what the thoughts are. ~Kemetic saying

15% gym, 85% diet. Abs are made in the kitchen, not the workout room. ~Author unknown

Everyone should be his own physician. We ought to assist and not force nature. Eat with moderation what agrees with your constitution. Nothing is good for the body but what we can digest. What medicine can produce digestion? Exercise. What will recruit strength? Sleep. What will alleviate incurable ills? Patience. ~Voltaire

Food for thought is no substitute for the real thing. ~Walt Kelly

To be always considering "what we should eat, and what we should drink, and wherewithal we should be clothed," in order to avoid the approach of disease, is the most likely means of provoking its attack. A man who is continually feeling his pulse, is never likely to have a good one. If he swallow his food from the same motive as he does his physic, it will neither be enjoyed nor digested so well as if he ate in obedience to the dictates of an uncalculating appetite. The hypochondriac who is in the habit of weighing his meals, will generally find that they lay heavy on his stomach. If he take a walk or ride, with no other view than to pick up health, he will seldom meet it on the road. ~John Reid, M.D., "Occupation," c.1818

I refuse to spend my life worrying about what I eat. There is no pleasure worth forgoing just for an extra three years in the geriatric ward. ~John Mortimer

He that eats till he is sick must fast till he is well. ~English proverb

Your body is a temple, not a drive-through. ~Author unknown

Unquiet meals make ill digestions. ~William Shakespeare

There is no woman's sides
Can bide the beating of so strong a passion
As love doth give my heart; no woman's heart
So big, to hold so much; they lack retention
Alas, their love may be call'd appetite,
No motion of the liver, but the palate,
That suffer surfeit, cloyment and revolt;
But mine is all as hungry as the sea,
And can digest as much: make no compare
Between that love a woman can bear me
And that I owe Olivia.
~William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night [II, 4, Orsino]

[T]he only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd druther not. ~Mark Twain

Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food. ~Hippocrates

Plain food is quite good enough for me. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Mindful eating is eating with intention while paying attention. ~Kati Konersman

The time indeed is at hand when systematic lectures on food will be part of medical education, when the value of feeding in disease is admitted to be as important as the administration of medicines. ~John Milner Fothergill

All people are made alike -
of bones and flesh and dinner -
Only the dinners are different.
~Gertrude Louise Cheney

Whatsoever was the father of a disease, an ill diet was the mother. ~George Herbert

Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what's for lunch. ~Orson Welles

Just listen to your body, eat in silence and see what feels good and you will spontaneously choose the foods that are beneficial to you. ~Deepak Chopra

I'll bet what motivated the British to colonize so much of the world is that they were just looking for a decent meal. ~Martha Harrison

As a rule, we go about with masks, we go about looking honest, and we are able to conceal ourselves all through the day. But when the time comes that man has had his dinner, then the true man comes to the surface. ~Mark Twain, 1902

A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in the will's freedom after it. ~Aldous Huxley

      How good one feels when one is full—how satisfied with ourselves and with the world! People who have tried it, tell me that a clear conscience makes you very happy and contended; but a full stomach does the business quite as well, and is cheaper, and more easily obtained. One feels so forgiving and generous after a substantial and well-digested meal—so noble-minded, so kindly-hearted.
      It is very strange, this domination of our intellect by our digestive organs. We cannot work, we cannot think, unless our stomach wills so. It dictates to us our emotions, our passions. After eggs and bacon, it says, "Work!" After beefsteak and porter, it says, "Sleep!"....
      After hot muffins, it says, "Be dull and soulless, like a beast of the field—a brainless animal, with listless eye, unlit by any ray of fancy, or of hope, or fear, or love, or life." And after brandy, taken in sufficient quantity, it says, "Now, come, fool, grin and tumble, that your fellow-men may laugh—drivel in folly, and splutter in senseless sounds, and show what a helpless ninny is poor man whose wit and will are drowned..."
      We are but the veriest, sorriest slaves of our stomach. ~Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog), 1889

Life goes faster on protein. ~Martin H. Fischer

      Modern taste and ingenuity have contrived... hundreds of solid and liquid stimulants, artificial tastes, condiments — and these, in some of their various forms are partaken by all. By him who is determined to place his vigor and health above par, from his mouth and stomach, these must be rigidly excluded. Simple and hearty food, and no condiments, must be his motto. This too is the continual lesson of nature....
      In America, a great deal of the indigestion that prevails, is the result (we cannot too often recur to this,) of a cause we have elsewhere alluded to, excessive mental action. Those who think much, or whose business cares return upon the mind, and are brooded over and over, are often, perhaps generally, the very men whose habit it is to eat copiously of rich viands, perhaps at the hotel table, and to deluge the stomach with liquids. How can any one bear up under such inflictions, when the same person is probably the one who, week and week, and year after year, takes no systematic exercise, and does not know even what the training for health means? ~Mose Velsor (Walt Whitman), "Manly Health and Training," New York Atlas, 1858 September 26th

Gluttony is not a secret vice. ~Orson Welles

It is so hard to resist any kind of food. My willpower is just gone, and the food wins. And then I feel guilty later. It is the same cycle, over and over. ~Angel, My 600-lb Life [Season 3, 2015]

I'm a sugarholic. Sugar is my drug of choice.... I feel like I have a hole in my soul, and I'm trying to fill it up with sugar. ~Zsalynn Whitworth, pre-weight-loss, at age 42, My 600-lb Life [Season 2, 2014], to Dr. Younan Nowzaradan

Sugar is sneaky, seductive, sentimental, and passionate. And sugar is everywhere. ~Kristina Turner, The Self-Healing Cookbook, 2002, originally published 1987

Great restaurants are, of course, nothing but mouth-brothels. There is no point in going to them if one intends to keep one's belt buckled. ~Frederic Raphael

My soul is dark with stormy riot,
Directly traceable to diet.
~Samuel Hoffenstein

If only it was as easy to banish hunger by rubbing the belly as it is to masturbate. ~Diogenes the Cynic

Hunger: One of the few cravings that cannot be appeased with another solution. ~Irwin Van Grove

The temperature of our food is an exceedingly important consideration. We are accustomed to take it too warm, forgetful of the fact, that artificial heat destroys the muscular tone of the stomach, vitiates its secretions and its physical powers, and induces painful and dangerous diseases of the liver. Let us take, then, another hint from the children of nature, who subsist on aliment of a temperature no higher than that of their own bodies, and who are generally hardy and long-lived... ~"Food," The Medical Adviser, and Guide to Health and Long Life, edited by Alex. Burnett, M.D., 1824 July 24th  #rawfood

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