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He pares his apple that will cleanly feed.
      - George Herbert, Church Porch (st. 2)

A cherefull looke makes a dish a feast.
  [A cheerful look makes a dish a feast.]
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

Gluttony kills more then the sword.
  [Gluttony kills more than the sword.]
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

Go to your banquet then, but use delight
  So as to rise still with an appetite.
      - Robert Herrick

'Tis not the food, but the content,
  That makes the table's merriment.
      - Robert Herrick, Content not Cates

Out did the meate, out did the frolick wine.
      - Robert Herrick, Ode for Ben Jonson

God never sendeth mouth but he sendeth meat.
      - John Heywood, Proverbs (pt. I, ch. IV)

Born but to banquet, and to drain the bowl.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
         (bk. X, l. 622), (Pope's translation)

"Good, well-dress'd turtle beats them hollow,--
  It almost makes me wish, I vow,
    To have two stomachs, like a cow!"
      And lo! as with the cud, an inward thrill
        Upheaved his waistcoat and disturb'd his frill,
          His mouth was oozing, and he work'd his jaw--
            "I almost that that I could eat one raw."
      - Thomas Hood, The Turtles

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), Satires
         (I, 1, 45)

The consummate pleasure (in eating) is not in the costly flavour, but in yourself. Do you seek for sauce for sweating?
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires
         (II, 2)

A stomach that is seldom empty despises common food.
  [Lat., Jejunus raro stomachus vulgaria temnit.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires
         (II, 2, 38)

The whole of nature, as has been said, is a conjugation of the verb to eat, in the active and passive.
      - William Ralph Inge

Free livers on a small scale; who are prodigal within the compass of a guinea.
      - Washington Irving, The Stout Gentleman

Statistics show that of those who contract the habit of eating, very few survive.
      - Wallace Irwin

We never repent of having eaten too little.
      - Thomas Jefferson

Think of the man who first tried German sausage.
      - Jerome Klapka Jerome, Three Men in a Boat
         (ch. XIV)

For I look upon it, that he who does not mind his belly will hardly mind anything else.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Boswell's Life of Johnson
         (vol. III, ch. 9)

For a man seldom thinks with more earnestness of anything than he does of his dinner.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Piozzi's Anecdotes of Johnson

Digestive cheese, and fruit there sure will be.
      - Ben Jonson, Epigram CI

Yet shall you have to rectify your palate,
  An olive, capers, or some better salad
    Ushering the mutton; with a short-legged hen,
      If we can get her, full of eggs, and then,
        Limons, and wine for sauce: to these a coney
          Is not to be despaired of for our money;
            And though fowl now be scarce, yet there are clerks,
              The sky not falling, think we may have larks.
      - Ben Jonson, Epigram CI

The master of art or giver of wit,
  Their belly.
      - Ben Jonson, Poetaster

In their palate alone is their reason of existence.
  [Lat., In solo vivendi causa palata est.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (II, 11)

To eat at another's table is your ambition's height.
  [Lat., Bona summa putes, aliena vivere quadra.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (V, 2)

And lucent syrops, tinct with cinnamon.
      - John Keats (1), The Eve of St. Agnes
         (st. 30)

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