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EATING
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[ Also see Appetite Breakfast Butchering Cookery Cooking Diet Dining Dinner Fasting Festivities Food Gluttony Guests Hospitality Hunger Indulgence Inns Luxury Satiety Stomach Taverns Temperance ]

A woman asked a coachman, "Are you full inside?" Upon which Lamb put his head through the window and said, "I am quite full inside; that last piece of pudding at Mr. Gillman's did the business for me."
      - Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia),
        Autobiographical Recollections,
        by Charles R. Leslie

He hath a fair sepulchre in the grateful stomach of the judicious epicure--and for such a tomb might be content to die.
      - Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia),
        Dissertation upon Roast Pig

If you wish to grow thinner, diminish your dinner,
  And take to light claret instead of pale ale;
    Look down with an utter contempt upon butter,
      And never touch bread till its toasted--or stale.
      - Henry Sambooke Leigh, A Day for Wishing

Your supper is like the Hidalgo's dinner; very little meat, and a great deal of tablecloth.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Spanish Student (act I, sc. 4)

I am glad that my Adonis hath a sweete tooth in his head.
      - John Lyly (Lylie or Lyllie),
        Euphues and his England (p. 308)

O hour, of all hours, the most blesse'd upon earth,
  The bless'd hour of our dinners!
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith"),
        Lucile (pt. I, canto II, st. 23)

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 Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith"),
        Lucile (pt. I, canto II, st. 24)

Ye diners out from whom we guard our spoons.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay,
        Political Georgics

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.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (bk. 13, ep. 82)

You praise, in three hundred verses, Sabellus, the baths of Ponticus, who gives such excellent dinners. You wish to dine, Sabellus, not to bathe.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (bk. IX, ep. 19)

Philo swears that he has never dined at home, and it is so; he does not dine at all, except when invited out.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (bk. V, ep. 47)

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.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (bk. V, ep. 76)

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.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (bk. VII, ep. 48)

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.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (bk. XIII, ep. 53)

See, how the liver is swollen larger than a fat goose! In amazement you will exclaim: Where could this possibly grow?
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (bk. XIII, ep. 58)

Whether woodcock or partridge, what does it signify, if the taste is the same? But the partridge is dearer, and therefore thought preferable.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (bk. XIII, ep. 76)

However great the dish that holds the turbot, the turbot is still greater than the dish.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (bk. XIII, ep. 81)

If my opinion is of any worth, the fieldfare is the greatest delicacy among birds, the hare among quadrupeds.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (bk. XIII, ep. 92)

The only way to eat well in England is to have breakfast three times a day.
      - William Somerset Maugham

They eat, they drink, and in communion sweet
  Quaff immortality and joy.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. V, l. 637)

One must eat to live, not live to eat.
      - Moliere (pseudonym of Jean Baptiste Poquelin)

The genuine Amphitryon is the Amphitryon with whom we dine.
  [Fr., Le veritable Amphitryon
    Est l'Amphitryon ou l'on dine.]
      - Moliere (pseudonym of Jean Baptiste Poquelin),
        Amphitryon (III, 5)

Keep a good table and attend to the ladies.
  [Fr., Tenez bonne table et soignez les femmes.]
      - Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I),
        Instructions to Abbe de Pradt

What baron or squire
  Or knight of the shire
    Lives half so well as a holy friar.
      - John O'Keeffe, I am a Friar of Orders Gray

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, Old English Song,
        from "An Antidote Against Melancholy"


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