Quotes about food

A collection of quotes on the topic of cooking, hunger, tea, coffee.

Best quotes about food

George Eliot photo

„It is never too late to be what you might have been.“

—  George Eliot English novelist, journalist and translator 1819 - 1880

Kurt Cobain photo

„If you're really a mean person you're going to come back as a fly and eat poop.“

—  Kurt Cobain American musician and artist 1967 - 1994

As quoted in Monk Magazine (1992-10).
Interviews (1989-1994), Print

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„Man is nothing else but what he makes of himself.“

—  Jean Paul Sartre French existentialist philosopher, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, political activist, biographer, and literary cri… 1905 - 1980

No Exit (1944)
Variant: A man is what he wills himself to be.
Source: Existentialism and Human Emotions

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Aristotle photo

„Whosoever is delighted in solitude, is either a wild beast or a god.“

—  Aristotle Classical Greek philosopher, student of Plato and founder of Western philosophy -384 - -321 BC

Sören Kierkegaard photo

„Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.“

—  Sören Kierkegaard Danish philosopher and theologian, founder of Existentialism 1813 - 1855

Source: The Concept of Anxiety: A Simple Psychologically Orienting Deliberation on the Dogmatic Issue of Hereditary Sin

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„Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.“

—  John Lennon English singer and songwriter 1940 - 1980

"Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)"; similar expressions were used by others prior to Lennon's use of this line, and have been attributed to Betty Talmadge, Thomas La Mance, Margaret Millar, William Gaddis, and Lily Tomlin, but the earliest known published occurrence was the 1957 attribution of "Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans." to Allen Saunders in Reader's Digest, according to The Quote Verifier : Who Said What, Where, and When (2006) by Ralph Keyes
Lyrics, Double Fantasy (1980)
Variant: Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.
Variant: Life is what happens while you are making other plans.

William Shakespeare photo

„The course of true love never did run smooth.“

—  William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream

Lysander, Act I, scene i.
Source: A Midsummer Night's Dream (1595)

Orson Welles photo

„Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch.“

—  Orson Welles American actor, director, writer and producer 1915 - 1985

Pablo Picasso photo

„Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.“

—  Pablo Picasso Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer 1881 - 1973

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Antoine de Saint-Exupéry photo

„Here is my secret. It is very simple. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; What is essential is invisible to the eye.“

—  Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, book The Little Prince

Voici mon secret. Il est très simple: on ne voit bien qu'avec le cœur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.
Variant translations: Here is my secret. It is very simple: one sees well only with the heart. The essential is invisible to the eyes.
The essential things in life are seen not with the eyes, but with the heart.
Le Petit Prince (1943)

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Jane Goodall photo

„Someday we shall look back on this dark era of agriculture and shake our heads. How could we have ever believed that it was a good idea to grow our food with poisons?“

—  Jane Goodall British primatologist, ethologist, and anthropologist 1934

Source: Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating

Albert Einstein photo

„There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is.“

—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955

As quoted in Journal of France and Germany (1942–1944) by Gilbert Fowler White, in excerpt published in Living with Nature's Extremes: The Life of Gilbert Fowler White (2006) by Robert E. Hinshaw, p. 62. From the context http://books.google.com/books?id=_2qfZRp9SeEC&lpg=PP1&pg=PA62#v=onepage&q&f=false it seems that White did not specify whether he had heard Einstein himself say this or whether he was repeating a quote that had been passed along by someone else, so without a primary source the validity of this quote should be considered questionable.
Some have argued that elsewhere Einstein defined a "miracle" as a type of event he did not believe was possible—Einstein on Religion by Max Jammer (1999) quotes on p. 89 from a 1931 conversation Einstein had with David Reichinstein, where Reichinstein brought up philosopher Arthur Liebert's argument that the indeterminism of quantum mechanics might allow for the possibility of miracles, and Einstein replied that Liebert's argument dealt "with a domain in which lawful rationality [determinism] does not exist. A 'miracle,' however, is an exception from lawfulness; hence, there where lawfulness does not exist, also its exception, i.e., a miracle, cannot exist." ("Dort, wo eine Gesetzmässigkeit nicht vorhanden ist, kann auch ihre Ausnahme, d.h. ein Wunder, nicht existieren." D. Reichenstein, Die Religion der Gebildeten (1941), p. 21). However, it is clear from the context that Einstein was stating only that miracles cannot exist in a domain (quantum mechanics) where lawful rationality does not exist. He did not claim that miracles could never exist in any domain. Indeed, Einstein clearly believed, as seen in many quotations above, that the universe was comprehensible and rational, but he also described this characteristic of the universe as a "miracle". In another example, he is quoted as claiming belief in a God, "Who reveals Himself in the lawful harmony of the world."
As quoted in From Yale to Jail: The Life Story of a Moral Dissenter (1993) by David T. Dellinger, p. 418
Disputed
Variant: There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
Variant: There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.

Kurt Cobain photo

„It's OK to eat fish
'Cos they don't have any feelings“

—  Kurt Cobain American musician and artist 1967 - 1994

Something In The Way
Song lyrics, Nevermind (1991)
Variant: It's OK eat fish 'cause they don't have any feelings.

Nikola Tesla photo

„I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success … Such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything.“

—  Nikola Tesla Serbian American inventor 1856 - 1943

Quoted in Marconi and Tesla: Pioneers of Radio Communication (2008) by Tim O'Shei, ISBN 159845076X , p. 5

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Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva photo

„Look, my friend. I don't speak the language here, I've got no money, the food stinks, there's no rice, no beans. I'd rather be arrested in Brazil than stay in this dump of a country.“

—  Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva Brazilian politician, 35th president of Brazil 1945

Lula da Silva (1975), Cited in: Emir Sader, ‎Ken Silverstein (1991) Without Fear of Being Happy. p. 41
After being advised to stay in the United States when his brother was arrested in Brazil as a communist subversive.

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„The people are starving. They need food; they need medicine; they need education. They do not need a skyscraper to house the ruling party and a 24-hour TV station.“

—  Wangari Maathai Kenyan environmental and political activist 1940 - 2011

On her opposition to the construction of a skyscraper in Nairobi, Kenya, as quoted in the article Wangari Maathai:"You Strike The Woman ..." by Priscilla Sears in the quarterly In Context #28 (Spring 1991)

Xenophon photo
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Kurt Cobain photo

„I won't eat anything green.“

—  Kurt Cobain American musician and artist 1967 - 1994

Robert Frost photo

„Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.“

—  Robert Frost American poet 1874 - 1963

Variant: You are educated when you have the ability to hear almost anything without losing your temper, or your self-confidence.

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George Orwell photo

„If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.“

—  George Orwell, book Animal Farm

Sometimes paraphrased as "Liberty is telling people what they do not want to hear."
Variant: Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
Source: Original preface to Animal Farm; as published in George Orwell: Some Materials for a Bibliography (1953) by Ian R. Willison

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„In my world, everyone's a pony and they all eat rainbows and poop butterflies!“

—  Dr. Seuss American children's writer and illustrator, co-founder of Beginner Books 1904 - 1991

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Nathuram Godse photo

„I was moving around the refugee camps and helping the destitute with food and clothes. But I did not wander half-naked because the refugees were naked.“

—  Nathuram Godse Assassin of Mahatma Gandhi 1910 - 1949

Godse referring to Gandhi's way of empathising with destitutes not by helping them but by imitating their unfortunate circumstances
Excerpts from the play Mee Nathuram Godse boltoy

Peter Singer photo

„I am not a glutton - I am an explorer of food“

—  Erma Bombeck When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and coul… 1927 - 1996

Pablo Picasso photo

„Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.“

—  Pablo Picasso Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer 1881 - 1973

Quote attributed to Picasso in TIME, October 4, 1976, Modern Living: Ozmosis in Central Park http://quoteinvestigator.com/2015/03/07/child-art/ http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,918412,00.html
Disputed

Winston S. Churchill photo

„Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.“

—  Winston S. Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1874 - 1965

Attributed to Winston Churchill in The Prodigal Project : Book I : Genesis (2003) by Ken Abraham and Daniel Hart, p. 224 and other places, though no source attribution is given. It actually derives from an advertising campaign for Budweiser beer in the late 1930s.
Misattributed
Variant: Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
Source: http://quoteinvestigator.com/2013/09/03/success-final/

Vladimir Lenin photo

„Every society is three meals away from chaos“

—  Vladimir Lenin Russian politician, led the October Revolution 1870 - 1924

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Auguste Escoffier photo

„Good food is the foundation of genuine happiness.“

—  Auguste Escoffier French chef, restaurateur, and culinary writer 1846 - 1935

Dorothy Canfield Fisher photo
Jane Austen photo
Citát „A rich man is nothing but a poor man with money“
W.C. Fields photo
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The Mother photo
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Kurt Cobain photo

„Sell the kids for food
weather changes moods
spring is here again
reproductive glands“

—  Kurt Cobain American musician and artist 1967 - 1994

Song lyrics, Nevermind (1991)

U.G. Krishnamurti photo

„Food, clothing and shelter — these are the basic needs. Beyond that, if you want anything, it is the beginning of self-deception.“

—  U.G. Krishnamurti Indian philosopher 1918 - 2007

Stopped in Our Tracks, Book Two: Excerpts from U.G.'s Dialogues http://www.well.com/user/jct/chandra.htm (2005) by K. Chandrasekhar

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Herman Melville photo

„It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.“

—  Herman Melville American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet 1818 - 1891

Hawthorne and His Mosses (1850)
Context: It is better to fail in originality, than to succeed in imitation. He who has never failed somewhere, that man can not be great. Failure is the true test of greatness.
Context: It is better to fail in originality, than to succeed in imitation. He who has never failed somewhere, that man can not be great. Failure is the true test of greatness. And if it be said, that continual success is a proof that a man wisely knows his powers, — it is only to be added, that, in that case, he knows them to be small. Let us believe it, then, once for all, that there is no hope for us in these smooth pleasing writers that know their powers.

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William Blake photo

„The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind.“

—  William Blake, book The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

A Memorable Fancy
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (1790–1793)

Mark Twain photo

„It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.“

—  Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910

Cited as an example of "What Mark Twain Didn't Say" in Mark Twain by Geoffrey C. Ward, et al.
Misattributed
Variant: It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.

Henry Ford photo

„Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.“

—  Henry Ford American industrialist 1863 - 1947

Source: As quoted in "My Philosophy of Industry" an interview of Ford by Fay Leone Faurote, The Forum, Vol. 79, No. 4 (April 1928), p. 481;

also in "Thinking Is Hardest Work, Therefore Few Engage in It", San Francisco Chronicle (13 April 1928), p. 25;

both articles are cited as the primary sources of other variants which later arose, in https://quoteinvestigator.com/2016/04/05/so-few "Thinking Is the Hardest Work There Is, which Is the Probable Reason Why So Few Engage In It" in Quote Investigator (5 April 2016)

Tamora Pierce photo
Anthony Burgess photo

„Every grain of experience is food for the greedy growing soul of the artist.“

—  Anthony Burgess English writer 1917 - 1993

Non-Fiction, Here Comes Everybody: An Introduction to James Joyce for the Ordinary Reader (1965)
Variant: Every grain of experience is food for the greedy growing soul of the artist.

Ivo Andrič photo
Aristotle photo

„Happiness is a state of activity.“

—  Aristotle Classical Greek philosopher, student of Plato and founder of Western philosophy -384 - -321 BC

Muhammad Ali photo

„Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are.“

—  Muhammad Ali African American boxer, philanthropist and activist 1942 - 2016

As quoted in Jet magazine Vol. 58, No. 1 (August 1992)

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Elbert Hubbard photo

„Art is not a thing; it is a way.“

—  Elbert Hubbard American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher fue el escritor del jarron azul 1856 - 1915

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John Muir photo

„When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.“

—  John Muir Scottish-born American naturalist and author 1838 - 1914

These are paraphrases of Muir's quote from My First Summer in the Sierra (1911) - the actual quote is listed above: "When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe." See Sierra Club explanation http://www.sierraclub.org/john_muir_exhibit/writings/misquotes.aspx.
Misattributed
Variant: Tug on anything at all and you'll find it connected to everything else in the universe.
Variant: When we tug at a single thing in nature, we find it attached to the rest of the world.

William Faulkner photo

„The past is never dead. It's not even past.“

—  William Faulkner, book Requiem for a Nun

Act 1, sc. 3; this has sometimes been paraphrased or misquoted as "The past isn't over. It isn't even past."
Source: Requiem for a Nun (1951)

Oscar Wilde photo

„Women have a wonderful instinct about things. They can discover everything except the obvious.“

—  Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband

Lord Goring, Act II
Source: An Ideal Husband (1895)

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André Gide photo

„It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.“

—  André Gide French novelist and essayist 1869 - 1951

Frequently misattributed to Marilyn Monroe or Kurt Cobain.
Source: https://books.google.com/books?id=xUtdDnEhkMMC&pg=PT12&lpg=PT12#v=onepage&q&f=false
Source: Autumn Leaves, Philosophical eLibrary, 2012, (Feuillets d'automne, 1941, trans. Jeanine Parisier Plottel)

Auguste Escoffier photo
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Robert Frost photo

„Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.“

—  Robert Frost American poet 1874 - 1963

As quoted in a review of A Swinger of Birches (1957) by Sydney Cox in Vermont History, Vol. 25 (1957), p. 355
1950s

Helder Camara photo

„When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.“

—  Helder Camara Brazilian Catholic priest, archbishop of Olinda and Recife 1909 - 1999

Source: Dom Helder Camara: Essential Writings

W.C. Fields photo
Virginia Woolf photo

„One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.“

—  Virginia Woolf, book A Room of One's Own

Source: A Room of One's Own (1929), Ch. 1, p. 18
Context: The human frame being what it is, heart, body and brain all mixed together, and not contained in separate compartments as they will be no doubt in another million years, a good dinner is of great importance to good talk. One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.

Stephen Fry photo

„There are four basic human needs: food, sleep, sex and revenge.“

—  Banksy pseudonymous England-based graffiti artist, political activist, and painter

Existencilism (2002)

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James A. Michener photo

„If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home.“

—  James A. Michener American author 1907 - 1997

As quoted in Good Advice (1982) by William Safire and Leonard Safir. Original appearance in Holiday magazine, March 1956, pp. 40-51.

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„I cannot remember the books I've read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.“

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882

Variant: I cannot remember the books I've read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.

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Rani Mukerji photo

„I love daal chawal. I am not a restaurant person. I enjoy home food a lot.“

—  Rani Mukerji Indian film actress 1978

[mid-day.com, Rani's Food Choice, http://www.mid-day.com/smd/eat/2003/january/42725.htm, 4 November, 2006]
Famous Quotes

Shreya Ghoshal photo

„I love to travel and read books but it's cooking that has a healing effect on me. Whenever I am not well I cook something nice and the aroma of the food works wonders for me.“

—  Shreya Ghoshal Indian playback singer 1984

Cooking that helps to de-stress me http://www.timesofindia.com/entertainment/hindi/music/news/Balance-music-and-education-Shreya/articleshow/5291639.cms

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Woody Allen photo

„I think crime pays. The hours are good, you meet a lot of interesting people, you travel a lot.“

—  Woody Allen American screenwriter, director, actor, comedian, author, playwright, and musician 1935

Take the Money and Run (1969).

„We have taller buildings but shorter tempers; wider freeways but narrower viewpoints; we spend more but have less; we buy more but enjoy it less; we have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, yet less time; we have more degrees but less sense; more knowledge but less judgment; more experts, yet more problems; we have more gadgets but less satisfaction; more medicine, yet less wellness; we take more vitamins but see fewer results. We drink too much; smoke too much; spend too recklessly; laugh too little; drive too fast; get too angry; stay up too late; get up too tired; read too seldom; watch TV too much and pray too seldom.
We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values; we fly in faster planes to arrive there quicker, to do less and return sooner; we sign more contracts only to realize fewer profits; we talk too much; love too seldom and lie too often. We've learned how to make a living, but not a life; we've added years to life, not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor. We've conquered outer space, but not inner space; we've done larger things, but not better things; we've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul; we've split the atom, but not our prejudice; we write more, but learn less; plan more, but accomplish less; we make faster planes, but longer lines; we learned to rush, but not to wait; we have more weapons, but less peace; higher incomes, but lower morals; more parties, but less fun; more food, but less appeasement; more acquaintances, but fewer friends; more effort, but less success. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but have less communication; drive smaller cars that have bigger problems; build larger factories that produce less. We've become long on quantity, but short on quality.
These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion; tall men, but short character; steep in profits, but shallow relationships. These are the times of world peace, but domestic warfare; more leisure and less fun; higher postage, but slower mail; more kinds of food, but less nutrition. These are the days of two incomes, but more divorces; these quick trips, disposable diapers, cartridge living, throw-away morality, one-night stands, overweight bodies and pills that do everything from cheer, to prevent, quiet or kill. It is a time when there is much in the show window and nothing in the stock room.“

—  Bob Moorehead

"The Paradox of Our Age"; these statements were used in World Wide Web hoaxes which attributed them to various authors including George Carlin, a teen who had witnessed the Columbine High School massacre, the Dalai Lama and Anonymous; they are quoted in "The Paradox of Our Time" at Snopes.com http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/paradox.asp
Words Aptly Spoken (1995)

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Kurt Cobain photo

„Yes I eat cow I am not proud.“

—  Kurt Cobain American musician and artist 1967 - 1994

Mr Moustache.
Song lyrics, Bleach (1989)

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„I eat only white foods: eggs, sugar, grated bones, the fat of dead animals; veal, salt, coconut, chicken cooked in white water; fruit mold, rice, turnips; camphorated sausage, dough, cheese (white), cotton salad, and certain fish (skinless).“

—  Erik Satie French composer and pianist 1866 - 1925

Quoted by Rollo H. Myers (1968). Erik Satie, p.135. New York: Dover.
See also Socrate for the context of this quote.
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