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All human history attests
  That happiness for man,--the hungry sinner!--
    Since Eve ate apples, much depends on dinner.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto XIII, st. 99)

Better halfe a loafe than no bread.
      - William Camden, Remaines--Proverbs
         (p. 293)

A loaf of bread, the Walrus said,
  Is what we chiefly need:
    Pepper and vinegar besides
      Are very good indeed--
        Now if you're ready, Oysters, dear,
          We can begin to feed!
      - Lewis Carroll (pseudonym of Charles L. Dodgson),
        Through the Looking Glass,
        The Walrus and the Carpenter

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),
        Don Quixote (ch. II, 13)

The stomach carries the heart, and not the heart the stomach.
  [Sp., Tripas llevan corazon, que no corazon tripas.]
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra),
        Don Quixote (ch. II, 47)

The proof of the pudding is in the eating.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra),
        Don Quixote (ch. XXIV)

The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook.
      - Julia Child

Trust no one unless you have eaten much salt with him.
  [Lat., Nemini fidas, nisi cum quo prius multos modios salis absumpseris.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Amicitia (19, 67)

Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat.
  [Lat., Esse oportet ut vivas, non vivere ut edas.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Rhetoricorum Ad C. Herennium (IV, 7)

For he on honey-dew hath fed,
  And drunk the milk of Paradise.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Kubla Khan

Oh, dainty and delicious!
  Food for the gods! Ambrosia for Apicius!
    Worthy to thrill the soul of sea-born Venus,
      Or titillate the palate of Silenus!
      - William Augustus Croffut, Clam Soup

We are indeed much more than what we eat, but what we eat can nevertheless help us to be much more than what we are.
      - Adelle Davis

A friendly swarry, consisting of a boiled leg of mutton with the usual trimmings.
      - Charles Dickens,
        The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club
         (ch. XXXVII)

The true Amphitryon.
      - John Dryden, Amphitryon (act IV, sc. 1)

Let the stoics say what they please, we do not eat for the good of living, but because the meat is savory and the appetite is keen.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

When I demanded of my friend what viands he preferred,
  He quoth, "A large cold bottle, and a small hot bird!"
      - Eugene Field, The Bottle and the Bird

We must eat to live and live to eat.
      - Henry Fielding

When mighty roast beef was the Englishman's food
  It ennobled our hearts and enriched our blood--
    Our soldiers were brave and our courtiers were good.
      Oh! the roast beef of England.
        And Old England's roast beef.
      - Henry Fielding, Grub Street Opera
         (act III, sc. 2),
        "The Roast Beef of Old England"

Fools make feasts, and wise men eat them.
      - Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard

What will not luxury taste? Earth, sea, and air,
  Are daily ransack'd for the bill of fare.
    Blood stuffed in skins is British Christians' food,
      And France robs marshes of the croaking brood.
      - John Gay, Trivia (bk. III, l. 199)

Blest be those feasts, with simple plenty crowned,
  Where all the ruddy family around
    Laugh at the jests or pranks that never fail
      Or sigh with pity at some mournful tale.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Traveller (l. 17)

"Here, dearest Eve," he exclaims, "here is food." "Well," answered she, with the germ of a housewife stirring within her, "we have been so busy to-day that a picked-up dinner must serve."
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne,
        Mosses from an Old Manse--The New Adam and Eve

Here is bread, which strengthens man's heart, and therefore is called the staff of Life.
      - Matthew (Mathew) Henry, Commentaries
         (Psalm CIV)

He rolls it under his tongue as a sweet morsel.
      - Matthew (Mathew) Henry, Commentaries
         (Psalm XXXI)

I want every peasant to have a chicken in his pot on Sundays.
  [Fr., Je veux que le dimanche chaque paysan ait sa poule au pot.]
      - Henry IV of Navarre ("LeGrand")

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