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[ Also see Cookery Cooking Desire Diet Dinner Drinking Eating Festivities Hunger Indifference Lust Passion ]

Hunger makes everything sweet except itself, for want is the teacher of habits.
      - Antiphanes of Macedonia

Good cheer is no hindrance to a good life.
      - Aristippus

Like hunger, physical love is a necessity. But man's appetite for amour is never so regular or so sustained as his appetite for the delights of the table.
      - Honore de Balzac

There are men whose stomachs are the clamorous creditors that sooner or later throw them into bankruptcy.
      - James Lendall Basford

These appetites are very humiliating weaknesses. That our grace depends so largely upon animal condition is not quite flattering to those who are hyperspiritual.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee:
  And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXIII, v. 1-2)

Oh cookery, cookery! that kills more than weapons, guns, wars, or poisons, and would destroy all, but that physic helps to make away some.
      - Anthony Brewer

Animals feed, man eats; the man of intellect alone knows how to eat.
      - Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

The destiny of nations depends upon the manner in which they feed themselves.
      - Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

The table is the only place where we do not get weary during the first hour.
      - Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

And gazed around them to the left and right
  With the prophetic eye of appetite.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto V, st. 50)

A relish bestowed upon the poorer classes, that they may like what they may eat; while it is seldom enjoyed by the rich, because they may eat what they like.
      - Paul Chatfield (a/k/a Horace Smith)

His thirst he slakes at some pure neighboring brook,
  Nor seeks for sauce where Appetite stands cook.
      - Charles Churchill, Gotham III (l. 133)

Reason should direct and appetite obey.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

My soul tasted that heavenly food, which gives new appetite while it satiates.
  [It., L'anima mia gustava di quel cibo,
    Che saziando di se, di se s'asseta.]
      - Dante ("Dante Alighieri"), Purgatorio
         (XXXI, 128)

Subdue your appetites, my dears, and you've conquered human nature.
      - Charles Dickens

Turtle makes all men equal.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

My forces are not enfeebled, I find no decay in my strength; my provisions are not cut off, I find no abhorring in mine appetite; my counsels are not corrupted nor infatuated, I find no false apprehensions to work upon mine understanding; and yet they see that invisibly, and I feel that insensibly, the disease prevails.
      - Dr. John Donne, Devotions (X, Meditation)

Keen appetite
  And quick digestion wait on you and yours.
      - John Dryden, Cleomenes (act IV, sc. 1)

The stomach is the only part of man which can be fully satisfied. The yearning of man's brain for new knowledge and experience and for more pleasant and comfortable surroundings never can be completely met. It is an appetite which cannot be appeased.
      - Thomas Alva Edison

Health and appetite impart the sweetness to sugar, bread, and meat.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

All philosophy lies in two words, sustain and abstain.
      - Epictetus

The youth who follows his appetites too soon seizes the cup, before it has received its best ingredients, and by anticipating his pleasures, robs the remaining parts of life of their share, so that his eagerness only produces manhood of imbecility and an age of pain.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

The ancients had a significant and truthful saying, that hunger was the best sauce for supper.
      - Rowland Hill

Seest thou how pale the sated guest rises from supper, where the appetite is puzzled with varieties? The body, too, burdened with I yesterday's excess, weighs down the soul, and fixes to the earth this particle of the divine essence.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

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