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It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard for their own interest.

—Adam Smith, 1776

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

—Aldous Huxley, 1929

I cannot but bless the memory of Julius Caesar, for the great esteem he expressed for fat men and his aversion to lean ones.

—David Hume, 1751

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

Most vegetarians I ever saw looked enough like their food to be classed as cannibals.

—Finley Peter Dunne, 1900

The belly is the reason why man does not mistake himself for a god.

—Friedrich Nietzsche, 1886

Whatsoever was the father of a disease, an ill diet was the mother.

—George Herbert, 1651

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

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

—Henry Ward Beecher, 1862

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

No lyric poems live long or please many people which are written by drinkers of water.

—Horace, 20 BC

To eat is to appropriate by destruction.

—Jean-Paul Sartre, 1943

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

—Julia Child, 2001