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Quotations, General Food

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'A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in the will's freedom after it'. Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

'A man seldom thinks with more earnestness of any thing than he does of his dinner; and if he cannot get that well dressed, he should be suspected of inaccuracy in other things'. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

''All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast'. John Gunther

'An army marches on its stomach'. Attrib. Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

"And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil". The Bible; Genesis

'As the low-fat diet unfolded, I really felt that God was showing me the way'. Rosemary Conley

"A wonderful bird is the pelican,His bill will hold more than his belican.He can take in his beakFood enough for a week,But I''m damned if I see how the helican"The Pelican; Dixon Lanier Merritt 1879-1954'

'The biggest seller is cookbooks and the second is diet books - how not to eat what you've just learned how to cook'. Andy Rooney

'Boxty on the griddle, boxty in the pan,

If you can't make boxty, you'll never get a man!' Anon

'The critical period in matrimony is breakfast time' A.P. Herbert

'Dietingis our last tie with asceticism'. Mason Cooley

'Eating disorders, whether it be anorexia or bulimia, show how individuals can turn the nourishment of the body into a painful attack on themselves and they have at the core a far deeper problem than mere vanity'. Diana, Princess of Wales

'For my part, now, I consider supper as a turnpike through which one must pass, in order to get to bed'. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

" For us the winds do blow,The earth resteth, heav''n moveth, fountans flow;Nothing we see but means our good,As our delight or as our treasure;The whole is either our cupboard of foodOr cabinet of pleasure" George Herbert 1593-1633

'Gentlemen do not take soup at luncheon' Lord Curzon (1859-1925)

'Good Food is like art, and like art, takes time' Oscar Wilde

'Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? Fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge? If we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that. William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Merchant of Venice 63

'Heavenly father, keep us alive, There's ten for dinner and food for five'. Anonymous c.19th

'If music be the food of love, play on;

Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting,

The appetite may sicken, and so die'.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), Twelfth-Night; or What You Will, I.i

'Having looked to government for bread, on the very first scarcity they will turn and bite the hand that fed them'.Edmund Burke (1729-1797

'If people take the trouble to cook, you should take the trouble to eat'. Robert Morley (on why he was opposed to diets)

'Je vis de bonne soupe et non de beau langage"It's good food and not fine words that keeps me alive' Moli

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