— Nina Simone American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist 1933 - 2003
— Manuel Fraga Iribarne Spanish politician 1922 - 2012
Reported in Hernández, María Jesús. El verbo de don Manuel http://www.elmundo.es/especiales/espana/manuel-fraga/perlas/02.html Elmundo.es.
Transition to democracy
„The "trickle-down" theory: the principle that the poor, who must subsist on table scraps dropped by the rich, can best be served by giving the rich bigger meals.“
— William Blum American author and historian 1933 - 2018
„In true education, anything that comes to our hand is as good as a book: the prank of a page-boy, the blunder of a servant, a bit of table talk— they are all part of the curriculum.“
— Michel De Montaigne (1533-1592) French-Occitan author, humanistic philosopher, statesman 1533 - 1592
The Autobiography of Michel de Montaigne, Chapter III, pg. 24 (Translated by Marvin Lowenthal
„A man is in general better pleased when he has a good dinner upon his table, than when his wife talks Greek.“
— Samuel Johnson English writer 1709 - 1784
Quoted in the "Apophthegms, Sentiments, Opinions and Occasional Reflections" of Sir John Hawkins (1787-1789) in Johnsonian Miscellanies (1897), vol. II, p. 11, edited by George Birkbeck Hill
„Drinking’s funny. When I look back on it, all of our important decisions have been figured out when we were drinking. Even when we talked about having to cut back on drinking, we’d be sitting at the kitchen table or out at the picnic table with a six-pack or whiskey.“
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (1981)
„If you are to judge a man, you must know his secret thoughts, sorrows, and feelings; to know merely the outward events of a man’s life would only serve to make a chronological table — a fool’s notion of history.“
— Honoré de Balzac French writer 1799 - 1850
Pour juger un homme, au moins faut-il être dans le secret de sa pensée, de ses malheurs, de ses émotions; ne vouloir connaître de sa vie que les événements matériels, c'est faire de la chronologie, l'histoire des sots!
The Wild Ass’s Skin (1831), Part II: A Woman Without a Heart
„When he was in great prosperity, and courted by many, seeing himself splendidly served at his table, he turned to his children and said: "Children, we had been undone, if we had not been undone."“
— Plutarch ancient Greek historian and philosopher 46 - 127
Life of Themistocles
„Larry poured himself a coffee. "I hate when they come in here with computers. They sit forever at their tables, and they don't talk to nobody, it's like having a place full of statues or zombies."“
Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town (2005)
„Another stupid party last night; perhaps if larger they might be less intolerable, but here there were only just enough to make one card-table, with six people to look on and talk nonsense to each other.“
— Jane Austen English novelist 1775 - 1817
Letter to Cassandra (1801-05-12) [Letters of Jane Austen -- Brabourne Edition]
„The girls always think we're going to throw them over a table or toss them in the air. Their muscles tense up right away. So Fred and I go and sit in a corner and pretend we're talking business.“
— Fred Astaire American dancer, singer, actor, choreographer and television presenter 1899 - 1987
Gene Kelly on the subject of social dancing, in Lawrenson, Helen. "It's Better to Remember Fred." Esquire, August 1976, pp92-96, 106, 109-110. (M).
„Her talking about the Obama Administration has done a great job and deserves an A on the economy. I mean, please, let's talk to American families and sit around the dinner table at night figuring how to pay their bills. The American economy is not in good shape; productivity is failing.“
— Paul Manafort American political consultant 1949
Interview on NBC News' Meet The Press (July 31, 2016)
— John Scotus Eriugena Irish theologian 810 - 877
Original: (la) Tabula tantum.
William of Malmesbury Gesta Pontificum, Bk. 5; translation from Helen Waddell The Wandering Scholars (Harmondsworth: Penguin,  1954) p. 78.
His reply to Charles the Bald's taunt, as they sat at the same table, "Quid distat inter sottum et Scottum?", (How far is an Irishman from a drunkard?).
„We might as well have a cup of tea,’ he said, and we noisily marched over the hollow boards of the glass-covered bridge, down the stairs to Platform Four. We entered the filthy Gothic tea-room and Everett ordered. The serving-woman served us with tired distain; she treated her customers like a dull and endless film that could only, with order and money, make a very rare stereoscopic contact with her real though duller world. Everett took me to a table and began to talk sadly but eagerly.“
— Anthony Burgess English writer 1917 - 1993
Fiction, The Right to an Answer (1960)
„Before I get started, if anybody needs anything else at their tables, just speak slowly and clearly into your table numbers.“
— Stephen Colbert American political satirist, writer, comedian, television host, and actor 1964
White House Correspondents' Association Dinner (2006)
Context: Before I get started, if anybody needs anything else at their tables, just speak slowly and clearly into your table numbers. Someone from the NSA will be right over with a cocktail.
„I have said publicly no option should be off the table, but I would certainly take nuclear weapons off the table.“
— Hillary Clinton American politician, senator, Secretary of State, First Lady 1947
Bloomberg Television (regarding Iran), April 2006 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/09/AR2007080900855_pf.html
Senate years (2001 – January 19, 2007)
„There is nothing that's off the table. I have my positions and I'll articulate them. But nothing's off the table.“
— John McCain politician from the United States 1936 - 2018
In response to a question regarding the possibility of payroll tax increases under a McCain presidency, 27 July 2008 http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25932581/
„The Lord's Supper! the marriage supper of the Lamb! There are vacant seats around the table here. Will there be dear ones missed at the table there?“
— Abbott Eliot Kittredge American minister 1834 - 1912
Source: Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 374.