An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead -- not sick, not wounded -- dead.


Woody Allen (1935-, American director, screenwriter, actor, comedian)


We live in an age when pizza gets to your home before the police.


Jeff Arder


A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart, who looks at her watch.


James Beard (1903-1985, Father of modern American cooking)


Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian; wine and tarragon make it French. Sour cream makes it Russian; lemon and cinnamon make it Greek. Soy sauce makes it Chinese; garlic makes it good.


Alice May Brock


Eating is touch carried to the bitter end.


Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)


I would like to find a stew that will give me heartburn immediately, instead of at three o clock in the morning.


John Barrymore (1882-1942, American actor)


Sadder than destitution, sadder than a beggar is the man who eats alone in public. Nothing more contradicts the laws of man or beast, for animals always do each other the honor of sharing or disputing each other's food.


Jean Baudrillard (French postmodern philosopher, writer)


Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.


Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827, German composer)


Taking food alone tends to make one hard and coarse. Those accustomed to it must lead a Spartan life if they are not to go downhill. Hermits have observed, if for only this reason, a frugal diet. For it is only in company that eating is done justice; food must be divided and distributed if it is to be well received.


Walter Benjamin (1982-1940, German critic, philosopher)


Yogi ordered a pizza. The waitress asked How many pieces do you want your pie cut? Yogi responded, Four. I don't think I could eat eight.


Yogi Berra (1925-, American baseball player)


Edible. 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 (1842-1914, American author, editor, journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary")


The discovery of a new dish does more for human happiness than the discovery of a new star.


Anthelme Brillat-Savarin


Clearly, some time ago makers and consumers of American junk food passed jointly through some kind of sensibility barrier in the endless quest for new taste sensations. Now they are a little like those desperate junkies who have tried every known drug and are finally reduced to mainlining toilet bowl cleanser in an effort to get still higher.


Bill Bryson (American author)


I do not like broccoli.  And I haven't liked it since I was a little kid, and my mother made me eat it. I am President of the United States, and I'm not going to eat any more broccoli.


George H. Bush (1924-, American President (41st))


The healthy stomach is nothing if it is not conservative. Few radicals have good digestions.


Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)


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


Robert Byrne


A woman should never be seen eating or drinking, unless it be lobster salad and Champagne, the only true feminine and becoming viands.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


The right diet directs sexual energy into the parts that matter.


Barbara Cartland (1901-2000, British novelist)


It is a difficult matter to argue with the belly since it has no ears.


Cato The Elder (BC 234-149, Roman statesman, orator)


For its merit I will knight it, and then it will be Sir-Loin.


Charles II (1630-1685, King of England and Ireland)


Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


The soup is never hot enough if the waiter can keep his thumb in it.


William Collier


The one way to get thin is to re-establish a purpose in life.


Cyril Connolly (1903-1974, British critic)


It has been an unchallengeable American doctrine that cranberry sauce, a pink goo with overtones of sugared tomatoes, is a delectable necessity of the Thanksgiving board and that turkey is uneatable without it. There are some things in every country that you must be born to endure; and another hundred years of general satisfaction with Americans and America could not reconcile this expatriate to cranberry sauce, peanut butter, and drum majorettes.


Alistair Cooke (1908-2004, British broadcaster, journalist)


To eat is human, to digest divine.


Charles T. Copeland


Square meals often make round people.


Joseph E. Cossman (1918-2002, American businessman, author, lecturer)


I found there was only one way to look thin: hang out with fat people.


Rodney Dangerfield (1921-, American comedian, actor)


Upscale people are fixated with food simply because they are now able to eat so much of it without getting fat, and the reason they don't get fat is that they maintain a profligate level of calorie expenditure. The very same people whose evenings begin with melted goat's cheese...get up at dawn to run, break for a mid-morning aerobics class, and watch the evening news while racing on a stationary bicycle.


Barbara Ehrenreich (1941-, American author, columnist)


Upscale people are fixated with food simply because they are now able to eat so much of it without getting fat, and the reason they don't get fat is that they maintain a profligate level of calorie expenditure. The very same people whose evenings begin with melted goat's cheese...get up at dawn to run, break for a mid-morning aerobics class, and watch the evening news while racing on a stationary bicycle.


Barbara Ehrenreich (1941-, American author, columnist)


Let the stoics say what they please, we do not eat for the good of living, but because the meat is savory and the appetite is keen.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


When a man's stomach is full it makes no difference whether he is rich or poor.


Euripides (BC 480-406, Greek tragic poet)


Cheese is milk's leap toward immortality.


Cliff Fadiman (American writer)


Roast Beef, medium, is not only a food. It is a philosophy. Seated at Life's Dining Table, with the menu of Morals before you, your eye wanders a bit over the entrees, the hors d'oeuvres, and the things a la though you know that Roast Beef, medium, is safe and sane, and sure.


Edna Ferber (1887-1968, American author)


I've been on a diet for two weeks and all I've lost is two weeks.


Totie Fields


I've been on a diet for two weeks and all I've lost is two weeks.


Totie Fields


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


M. F. K. Fisher


The food here is so tasteless you could eat a meal of it and belch and it wouldn't remind you of anything.


Redd Foxx


One should eat to live, not live to eat.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


More die in the United States from too much food that from too little.


John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-, American economist)


God comes to the hungry in the form of food.


Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)


It isn't so much what's on the table that matters, as what's on the chairs.


W. S. Gilbert (1836-1911, British librettist)


There is such a thing as food and such a thing as poison. But the damage done by those who pass off poison as food is far less than that done by those who generation after generation convince people that food is poison.


Paul Goodman (1911-1972, American author, poet, critic)


A gourmet is just a glutton with brains.


Phillip H. Haberman Jr.


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


Buddy Hackett


A store of grain, Oh king is the best of treasures. A gem put in your mouth will not support life.


Hitopadesa (600-1100 AD, Sanskrit fable from Panchatantra)


First rule of Economics 101: our desires are insatiable. Second rule: we can stomach only three Big Macs at a time.


Doug Horton


Most of us are either too thin to enjoy eating, or too fat to enjoy walking.


Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937, American journalist, author)


A lot of Thanksgiving days have been ruined by not carving the turkey in the kitchen.


Kin Hubbard (1868-1930, American humorist, journalist)


A man seldom thinks with more earnestness of anything than he does of his dinner.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


He who does not mind his belly, will hardly mind anything else.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


He who cannot eat horsemeat need not do so. Let him eat pork. But he who cannot eat pork, let him eat horsemeat. It's simply a question of taste.


Nikita S. Khrushchev (1894-1971, Soviet premier)


Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we may diet.


Harry Kurnitz


I judge a restaurant by the bread and by the coffee.


Burt Lancaster (1913-1994, American actor)


The act of putting into your mouth what the earth has grown is perhaps your most direct interaction with the earth.


Frances Moore Lappe


Ask your child what he wants for dinner only if he's buying.


Fran Lebowitz (1951-, American journalist)


Food is an important part of a balanced diet.


Fran Lebowitz (1951-, American journalist)


If you're going to America, bring your own food.


Fran Lebowitz (1951-, American journalist)


Vegetables are interesting but lack a sense of purpose when unaccompanied by a good cut of meat.


Fran Lebowitz (1951-, American journalist)


I told my doctor I get very tired when I go on a diet, so he gave me pep pills. Know what happened? I ate faster.


Joe E. Lewis (American writer)


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 (1742-1799, German physicist, satirist)


If there were only turnips and potatoes in the world, someone would complain that plants grow the wrong way.


Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799, German physicist, satirist)


Everything you see I owe to spaghetti.


Sophia Loren (1934-, Italian film actress)


Choose rather to punish your appetites than be punished by them.


Tyrius Maximus


It ain't what you eat, but the way how you chew it.


Delbert McClinton


You can travel fifty thousand miles in America without once tasting a piece of good bread.


Henry Miller (1891-1980, American author)


Never eat more than you can lift.


Miss Piggy


We are digging our graves with our teeth.


Thomas Moffett (American physician)


Lunch kills half of Paris, supper the other half.


Charles De Montesquieu (1689-1755, French jurist, political philosopher)


No man is lonely while eating spaghetti; it requires so much attention.


Christopher Morley (1890-1957, American novelist, journalist, poet)


Hors d'oeuvres have always a pathetic interest for me; they remind me of one's childhood that one goes through wondering what the next course is going to be like -- and during the rest of the menu one wishes one had eaten more of the hors d'oeuvres.


Hector Hugh Munro (1870-1916, British novelist, writer)


You needn't tell me that a man who doesn't love oysters and asparagus and good wines has got a soul, or a stomach either. He's simply got the instinct for being unhappy highly developed.


Hector Hugh Munro (1870-1916, British novelist, writer)


Avoid fresh meats, which angry up the blood. If your stomach disputes you, lie down and pacify it with cool thoughts. Keep the juices flowing by jangling around gently as you move. Go very light in the vices such as carrying on in society. The social ramble ain't restful. Don't look back. Someone might be gaining on you.


Leroy Satchel Paige (1906-1982, American baseball player)


He that eats till he is sick must fast till he is well.


Hebrew Proverb (Sayings of Hebrew origin)


There is only one thing harder than looking for a dewdrop in the dew, and that is fishing for a clam in the clam chowder.


New England Proverb


Want to learn to eat a lot? Here it is: Eat a little. That way, you will be around long enough to eat a lot.


Anthony Robbins (1960-, American author, speaker, peak performance expert, coach)

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We know that ever woman wants to be thin. Our images of womanhood are almost synonymous with thinness.


Susie Orbach


We may find in the long run that tinned food is a deadlier weapon than the machine-gun.


George Orwell (1903-1950, British author, "Animal Farm")


Strange to see how a good dinner and feasting reconciles everybody.


Samuel Pepys (1633-1703, British diarist)


Make food a very incidental part of your life by filling your life so full of meaningful things that you'll hardly have time to think about food.


Peace Pilgrim (1908-1981, American peace activist)


Abstain from beans.


Plutarch (46-120, Greek essayist, biographer)


He who eats alone chokes alone.


Arabian Proverb (Sayings of Arabian origin)


It's better that it should make you sick than that you don't eat it at all.


Catalan Proverb


Don't dig your grave with your knife and fork.


English Proverb (Sayings of British origin)


A good meal ought to begin with hunger.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


Appetite comes with eating; the more one has, the more one would have.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


There is no such thing as a pretty good omelette.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


Coffee should be black as Hell, strong as death, and sweet as love.


Turkish Proverb (Sayings of Turkish origin)


He who is a slave to his stomach seldom worships God.


Saadi (c. 1210 - 1290, Persian poet)


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


George Santayana (1863-1952, American philosopher, poet)


To eat is to appropriate by destruction.


Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980, French writer, philosopher)


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 (1896-1973, Italian fashion designer)


He jests at scars that never felt a wound.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


There is no love sincerer than the love of food.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


That food has always been, and will continue to be, the basis for one of our greater snobbism does not explain the fact that the attitude toward the food choice of others is becoming more and more heatedly exclusive until it may well turn into one of those forms of bigotry against which gallant little committees are constantly planning campaigns in the cause of justice and decency.


Cornelia Otis Skinner


Worthless people love only to eat and drink; people of worth eat and drink only to live.


Socrates (BC 469-399, Greek philosopher of Athens)


It is the mark of a mean, vulgar and ignoble spirit to dwell on the thought of food before meal times or worse to dwell on it afterwards, to discuss it and wallow in the remembered pleasures of every mouthful. Those whose minds dwell before dinner on the spit, and after on the dishes, are fit only to be scullions.


St. Francis De Sales (1567-1622, Roman Catholic bishop, writer)


For much of the female half of the world, food is the first signal of our inferiority. It lets us know that our own families may consider female bodies to be less deserving, less needy, less valuable.


Gloria Steinem (1934-, American feminist writer, editor)


Lunch is for wimps.


Oliver Stone (1946-, American director, writer, producer)


Man shall not live by bread alone.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


Put a knife to thy throat, if you're a man given to appetite.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


I have found it to be the most serious objection to coarse labors long continued, that they compelled me to eat and drink coarsely also.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


When one has tasted it [watermelon] he knows what the angels eat.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


Hunger is a good cook.


Author Unknown


Much meat, much disease.


Author Unknown


Seven's a banquet nine a brawl.


Author Unknown


The most dangerous food to eat is a wedding cake.


Author Unknown


Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


Although there is a great deal of controversy among scientists about the effects of ingested food on the brain, no one denies that you can change your cognition and mood by what you eat.


Arthur Winter


One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.


Virginia Woolf (1882-1941, British novelist, essayist)


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