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9 Quotes for Those Who Don’t Eat to Live, but Live to Eat

A few basic things we, as mammals, need to continue living: air, water, and foodHumans love food, and we’ve learned to garnish and bedazzle our meals way beyond the means our early ancestors knew how to do so. Writers are humans too, and by that logic one can deduce that they ate food as well as you and I do. Here are some tasty literary quotes to get your stomach moaning and groaning for grub!


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

-Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own


2. “After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.” 

-Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance


3. “What I say is that, if a man really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow.” 

-A.A. Milne, Not That It Matters




4. “As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.”

-Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast 


5. “Mr Leopold Bloom ate with relish the inner organs of beasts and fowls. He liked thick giblet soup, nutty gizzards, a stuffed roast heart, liverslices fried with crustcrumbs, fried hencods’ roes. Most of all he liked grilled mutton kidneys which gave to his palate a fine tang of faintly scented urine.” 

-James Joyce, Ulysses (this one might do the opposite of making one hungry though)


6. “I am at the moment writing a lengthy indictment against our century. When my brain begins to reel from my literary labors, I make an occasional cheese dip.”

-John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces




7. “You can’t just eat good food. You’ve got to talk about it too. And you’ve got to talk about it to somebody who understands that kind of food.” 

-Kurt Vonnegut, Jailbird 


8. “The beet is the most intense of vegetables. The radish, admittedly, is more feverish, but the fire of the radish is a cold fire, the fire of discontent not of passion. Tomatoes are lusty enough, yet there runs through tomatoes an undercurrent of frivolity. Beets are deadly serious.”

-Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume


9. “The cucumber and the tomato are both fruit; the avocado is a nut. To assist with the dietary requirements of vegetarians, on the first Tuesday of the month a chicken is officially a vegetable.”

-Jasper Fforde, Shades of Grey


So there you have it. Nine quotes to get you in the mood for some breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, or snacks in between. Go on, treat yourself!




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