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134 Eating Quotes

For, behold, the Lord, the Lord of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water.

Bible Quotes , Source: Isaiah (ch. III, v. 1)

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All sorrows are good (or are less) with bread. [Sp., Todos los duelos con pan son buenos (or son menos).]

Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra) Quotes , Source: Don Quixote (ch. II, 13)

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In their palate alone is their reason of existence. [Lat., In solo vivendi causa palata est.]

Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal) Quotes , Source: Satires (II, 11)

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Keep a good table and attend to the ladies. [Fr., Tenez bonne table et soignez les femmes.]

Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I) Quotes , Source: Instructions to Abbe de Pradt

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A very man--not one of nature's clods-- With human failings, whether saint or sinner: Endowed perhaps with genius from the gods But apt to take his temper from his dinner.

J.G. Saxe Quotes , Source: About Husbands

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They say fingers were made before forks, and hands before knives.

Jonathan Swift Quotes , Source: Polite Conversation (dialogue II)

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Acorns were good till bread was found.

Francis Bacon Quotes , Source: Colours of Good and Evil (6), quoted from Juvenal's "Satires" (XIV, 181)

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Though your threshing floor grind a hundred thousand bushels of corn, not for that reason will your stomach hold more than mine. [Lat., Millia frumenti tua triverit area centum. Non tuus hinc capiet venter plus ac meus.]

Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) Quotes , Source: Satires (I, 1, 45)

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A stomach that is seldom empty despises common food. [Lat., Jejunus raro stomachus vulgaria temnit.]

Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) Quotes , Source: Satires (II, 2, 38)

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And solid pudding against empty praise.

Alexander Pope Quotes , Source: The Dunciad (bk. I, l. 54)

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Poor Tom, that eats the swimming frog, the toad, the todpole, the wall-newt and the water; that in the fury of his heart, when the foul fiend rages, eats cow-dung for sallets, swallows the old rat and the ditch-dog, drinks the green mantle of the standing pool; who is whipped from tithing to tithing, and stock-punished and imprisoned; who hath had three suits to his back, six shirts to his body, Horse to ride, and weapon to wear, But mice and rats, and such small deer, Have been Tom's food for seven long year.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: King Lear (Edgar at III, iv)

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When I demanded of my friend what viands he preferred, He quoth, "A large cold bottle, and a small hot bird!"

Eugene Field Quotes , Source: The Bottle and the Bird

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And lucent syrops, tinct with cinnamon.

John Keats Quotes , Source: The Eve of St. Agnes (st. 30)

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"Live like yourself," was soon my lady's word, And lo! two puddings smok'd upon the board.

Alexander Pope Quotes , Source: Moral Essays (ep. III, l. 461)

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Bad men live that they may eat and drink, whereas good men eat and drink that they may live.

Socrates Quotes , Source: Plutarch's Morals--How a Young Man Ought to Hear Poems

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'Tis not her coldness, father, That chills my labouring breast; It's that confounded cucumber I've ate and can't digest.

Richard Harris Barham Quotes , Source: The Confession

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Bread is the staff of life.

Jonathan Swift Quotes , Source: Tale of a Tub

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When the Sultan Shah-Zaman Goes to the city Ispahan, Even before he gets so far As the place where the clustered palm-trees are, At the last of the thirty palace-gates The pet of the harem, Rose-in-Bloom, Orders a feast in his favorite room-- Glittering square of colored ice, Sweetened with syrup, tinctured with spice, Creams, and cordials, and sugared dates, Syrian apples, Othmanee quinces, Limes and citrons and apricots, And wines that are known to Eastern princes.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich Quotes , Source: When the Sultan Goes to Ispahan

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Some men are born to feast, and not to fight; Whose sluggish minds, e'en in fair honor's field, Still on their dinner turn-- Let such pot-boiling varlets stay at home, And wield a flesh-hook rather than a sword.

Joanna Baillie Quotes , Source: Basil (act I, sc. 1)

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I sing the sweets I know, the charms I feel, My morning incense. and my evening meal, The sweets of Hasty-Pudding.

Joel Barlow Quotes , Source: The Hasty Pudding (canto I)

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Ratons and myse and soche smale dere That was his mete that vii. yere.

Sir Bevis of Hamptoun Quotes , Source: a manuscript in Caius College

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And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness: And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.

Bible Quotes , Source: Exodus (ch. XVI, v. 2-3)

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For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God: and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

Bible Quotes , Source: Hebrews (ch. V, v. 12-14)

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And she said, As the Lord thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.

Bible Quotes , Source: I Kings (ch. XVII, v. 12)

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And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah.

Bible Quotes , Source: I Kings (ch. XVII, v. 16)

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