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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 ]

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

The way to a man's heart is through his stomach.
      - Sara Payson (Sara Payson Willis Parton) (used pseudonym Fanny Fern),
        Willis Parton

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),
        Prologue to Satires (10)

Feast to-day makes fast to-morrow.
  [Lat., Festo die si quid prodegeris,
    Profesto egere liceat nisi peperceris.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Aulularia

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),
        Natural History (bk. XI, ch. LIII),
        (Holland's translation)

What, did you not know, then, that to-day Lucullus dines with Lucullus?
      - Plutarch, Lives--Life of Lucullus
         (vol. III, p. 280)

"Pray take them, Sir,--Enough's a Feast;
  Eat some, and pocket up the rest."
      - Alexander Pope, First Book of Horace
         (ep. VII, l. 24)

One solid dish his week-day meal affords,
  An added pudding solemniz'd the Lord's.
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
         (ep. III, l. 447)

"Live like yourself," was soon my lady's word,
  And lo! two puddings smok'd upon the board.
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
         (ep. III, l. 461)

"An't it please your Honour," quoth the Peasant,
  "This same Desset is not so pleasant:
    Give me again my hollow Tree,
      A Crust of Bread, and Liberty."
      - Alexander Pope, Second Book of Horace
         (last lines)

And solid pudding against empty praise.
      - Alexander Pope, The Dunciad (bk. I, l. 54)

The difference between a rich man and a poor man is this--the former eats when he pleases, and the latter when he can get it.
      - Sir Walter Raleigh (1)

To abstain that we may enjoy is the epicurianism of reason.
  [Fr., L'abstenir pur jouir, c'est l'epicurisme de la raison.]
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

A very man--not one of nature's clods--
  With human failings, whether saint or sinner:
    Endowed perhaps with genius from the gods
      But apt to take his temper from his dinner.
      - John Godfrey Saxe, About Husbands

A dinner lubricates business.
      - William Scott, Baron Stowell,
        quoted in "Boswell's Life of Johnson"

A surfeit of the sweetest things
  The deepest loathing to the stomach brings.
      - William Shakespeare

Strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends.
      - William Shakespeare

They are as sick that surfeit with too much, as they that starve with nothing.
      - William Shakespeare

With eager feeding food doth choke the feeder.
      - William Shakespeare

For, as a surfeit of the sweetest things
  The deepest loathing to the stomach brings,
    Or as the heresies that men do leave
      Are hated most of those they did deceive,
        So thou, my surfeit and my heresy,
          Of all be hated, but the most of me!
      - William Shakespeare,
        A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Lysander at II, ii)

No, Antony, take the lot:
  But, first or last, your fine Egyptian cookery
    Shall have the fame. I have heard that Julius Caesar
      Grew faw with feasting there.
      - William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra
         (Pompey at II, vi)

I almost die for food, and let me have it!
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Orlando at II, vii)

Sit down and feed, and welcome to our table.
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Duke Senior at II, vii)

He hath eaten me out of house and home; he hath put all of my substance into that fat belly of his.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part II
         (Hostess at II, i)

He that keeps not crust nor crum
  Weary of all, shall want some.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (Fool at I, iv)

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