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Thank God for tea! What would the world do without tea? How did it exist? I am glad I was not born before tea.

—Sydney Smith, 1855

Why is not a rat as good as a rabbit? Why should men eat shrimps and neglect cockroaches?

—Henry Ward Beecher, 1862

We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink, for dining alone is leading the life of a lion or wolf. 

—Epicurus, c. 300 BC

Feasts must be solemn and rare, or else they cease to be feasts. 

—Aldous Huxley, 1929

A great step toward independence is a good-humored stomach, one that is willing to endure rough treatment.

—Seneca the Younger, c. 60

He makes his cook his merit, and the world visits his dinners and not him.

—Molière, 1666

One of the important requirements for learning how to cook is that you also learn how to eat.

—Julia Child, 2001

For, say they, when cruising in an empty ship, if you can get nothing better out of the world, get a good dinner out of it, at least.

—Herman Melville, 1851

When the stomach is full, it is easy to talk of fasting.

—St. Jerome, 395

’Tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers.

—William Shakespeare, c. 1595

The proof of the pudding is in the eating.

—Miguel de Cervantes, 1615

Is it only the mouth and belly which are injured by hunger and thirst? Men’s minds are also injured by them.

—Mengzi , 300 BC

Cooking is the most massive rush. It’s like having the most amazing hard-on, with Viagra sprinkled on top of it, and it’s still there twelve hours later.

—Gordon Ramsey, 2003