Food Quotes

Most vegetarians I ever see looked enough like their food to be classed as cannibals.

FINLEY PETER DUNNE

I, for my part, wonder what sort of feeling, mind or reason that man was possessed who was first to pollute his mouth with gore, and allow his lips to touch the flesh of a murdered being; who spread his table with the mangled form of dead bodies, and claimed as daily food and dainty dishes what but know were beings endowed with with movement, with perception and with voice.

PLUTARCH

Can you really ask what reason Pythagoras had for abstaining from flesh? For my part I rather wonder both by what accident and in what state of soul or mind the first man did so, touched his mouth to gore and brought his lips to the flesh of a dead creature, he who set forth tables of dead, stale bodies and ventured to call food and nourishment the parts that had a little before bellowed and cried, moved and lived. How could his eyes endure the slaughter when throats were slit and hides flayed and limbs torn from limb? How could his nose endure the stench? How was it that the pollution did not turn away his taste, which made contact with the sores of others and sucked juices and serums from mortal wounds?

Plutarch

Wine buffs write and talk as though the food and wine will be in your mouth at the same time, that one is there to be poured over the other. This is bullshit. Gustatory enjoyment comes from food and wine and cigars of your liking. So far no one has said that a Monte Cristo is the only cigar to smoke after Armagnac, Romeo and Juliet after Calvados ... but the time may yet come.

Clement Freud

Motivation is like food for the brain. You cannot get enough in one sitting. It needs continual and regular top ups.

Peter Davies

God gives all birds their food but does not drop it into their nests

Danish Proverb

If junk food is the devil, then a sweet orange is as scripture.

Audrey Foris

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.

J. R. R. Tolkien

What is food to one, is to others bitter poison.

Lucretius

Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly.

M. F. K. Fisher

There is nothing to which men, while they have food and drink, cannot reconcile themselves.

George Santayana

There is no love sincerer than the love of food.

George Bernard Shaw

Jealousy in romance is like salt in food. A little can enhance the savor, but too much can spoil the pleasure and, under certain circumstances, can be life-threatening.

Maya Angelou

Appetite, craving for food, is a constant and powerful stimulator of the gastric glands.

Ivan Pavlov

Money may be the husk of many things but not the kernel. It brings you food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; acquaintance, but not friends; servants, but not loyalty; days of joy, but not peace or happiness.

Henrik Ibsen

Food safety involves everybody in the food chain.

Mike Johanns

Honor is unstable and seldom the same; for she feeds upon opinion, and is as fickle as her food.

Charles Caleb Colton

Cultivation to the mind is as necessary as food to the body.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest.

J. G. Holland

In a drama of the highest order there is little food for censure or hatred; it teaches rather self-knowledge and self-respect.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

There is enough for all. The earth is a generous mother; she will provide in plentiful abundance food for all her children if they will but cultivate her soil in justice and in peace.

Bourke Coekran

Food is our common ground, a universal experience.

James Beard

Food probably has a very great influence on the condition of men. Wine exercises a more visible influence, food does it more slowly but perhaps just as surely. Who knows if a well-prepared soup was not responsible for the pneumatic pump or a poor one for a war?

Georg C. Lichtenberg

Memory is a crazy woman that hoards colored rags and throws away food.

Austin O'Malley
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