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We may live without poetry, music and art; We may live without conscience, and live without heart; We may live without friends; we may live without books; But civilized man cannot live without cooks. He may live without books,--what is knowledge but grieving? He may live without hope,--what is hope but deceiving? He may live without love,--what is passion but pining? But where is the man that can live without dining?

Lord Lytton (Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton) ("Owen Meredith") Quotes , Source: Lucile (pt. I, canto II, st. 24)

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Ye diners out from whom we guard our spoons.

Thomas Babington Macaulay Quotes , Source: Political Georgics

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I am a shell-fish just come from being saturated with the waters of the Lucrine lake, near Baiae; but now I luxuriously thrust for noble pickle.

Marcus Valerius Martial Quotes , Source: Epigrams (bk. 13, ep. 82)

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You praise, in three hundred verses, Sabellus, the baths of Ponticus, who gives such excellent dinners. You wish to dine, Sabellus, not to bathe.

Marcus Valerius Martial Quotes , Source: Epigrams (bk. IX, ep. 19)

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Philo swears that he has never dined at home, and it is so; he does not dine at all, except when invited out.

Marcus Valerius Martial Quotes , Source: Epigrams (bk. V, ep. 47)

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Mithriades, by frequently drinking poison, rendered it impossible for any poison to hurt him. You, Cinna, by always dining on next to nothing, have taken due precaution against ever perishing from hunger.

Marcus Valerius Martial Quotes , Source: Epigrams (bk. V, ep. 76)

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Annius has some two hundred tables, and servants for every table. Dishes run hither and thither, and plates fly about. Such entertainments as these keep to yourselves, ye pompous; I am ill pleased with a supper that walks.

Marcus Valerius Martial Quotes , Source: Epigrams (bk. VII, ep. 48)

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As long as I have fat turtle-doves, a fig of your lettuce, my friend, and you may keep your shell-fish to yourself. I have no wish to waste my appetite.

Marcus Valerius Martial Quotes , Source: Epigrams (bk. XIII, ep. 53)

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See, how the liver is swollen larger than a fat goose! In amazement you will exclaim: Where could this possibly grow?

Marcus Valerius Martial Quotes , Source: Epigrams (bk. XIII, ep. 58)

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Whether woodcock or partridge, what does it signify, if the taste is the same? But the partridge is dearer, and therefore thought preferable.

Marcus Valerius Martial Quotes , Source: Epigrams (bk. XIII, ep. 76)

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However great the dish that holds the turbot, the turbot is still greater than the dish.

Marcus Valerius Martial Quotes , Source: Epigrams (bk. XIII, ep. 81)

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If my opinion is of any worth, the fieldfare is the greatest delicacy among birds, the hare among quadrupeds.

Marcus Valerius Martial Quotes , Source: Epigrams (bk. XIII, ep. 92)

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They eat, they drink, and in communion sweet Quaff immortality and joy.

John Milton Quotes , Source: Paradise Lost (bk. V, l. 637)

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The genuine Amphitryon is the Amphitryon with whom we dine. [Fr., Le veritable Amphitryon Est l'Amphitryon ou l'on dine.]

Jean Baptiste Poquelin Moliere Quotes , Source: Amphitryon (III, 5)

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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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What baron or squire Or knight of the shire Lives half so well as a holy friar.

John O'Keefe Quotes , Source: I am a Friar of Orders Gray

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The poor man will praise it so hath he good cause, That all the year eats neither partridge not quail, But sets up his rest and makes up his feast, With a crust of brown bread and a pot of good ale.

Old Song Quotes , Source: Old English Song, from "An Antidote Against Melancholy"

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Gluttony kills more than the sword, and is the kindler of all evils. [Lat., Gula plures occidit quam gladius, estque fomes omnium malorum.]

Old Song Quotes , Source: Old English Song, from "An Antidote Against Melancholy"

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The way to a man's heart is through his stomach.

Sara Payson (Sara Payson Willis Parton) (used pseudonym Fanny Fern) Quotes , Source: Willis Parton

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The belly (i.e. necessity) is the teacher of art and the liberal bestower of wit. [Lat., Magister artis ingenique largitor Venter.]

Persius (Aulus Persius Flaccus) Quotes , Source: Prologue to Satires (10)

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Feast to-day makes fast to-morrow. [Lat., Festo die si quid prodegeris, Profesto egere liceat nisi peperceris.]

Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus) Quotes , Source: Aulularia

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Their best and most wholesome feeding is upon one dish and no more and the same plaine and simple: for surely this hudling of many meats one upon another of divers tastes is pestiferous. But sundrie sauces are more dangerous than that.

Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus) Quotes , Source: Natural History (bk. XI, ch. LIII), (Holland's translation)

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What, did you not know, then, that to-day Lucullus dines with Lucullus?

Plutarch Quotes , Source: Lives--Life of Lucullus (vol. III, p. 280)

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And solid pudding against empty praise.

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

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"Pray take them, Sir,--Enough's a Feast; Eat some, and pocket up the rest."

Alexander Pope Quotes , Source: First Book of Horace (ep. VII, l. 24)

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