C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


Things sweet to taste prove in digestion sour.


Simple diet is best.


Unquiet meals make ill digestion.


Many dishes bring many diseases.


One meal a day is enough for a lion, and it ought to suffice for a man.

Dr. George Fordyce.

  • Now, good digestion wait on appetite,
  • And health on both!
  • Shakespeare.

    A fig for your bill of fare; show me your bill of company.


    Free-livers on a small scale, who are prodigal within the compass of a guinea.

    Washington Irving.

    It was Dean Swift who ignored the bill of fare, and asked for a bill of the company.

    N. P. Willis.

    In general, mankind, since the improvement of cookery, eat about twice as much as nature requires.


    The chief pleasure (in eating) does not consist in costly seasoning or exquisite flavor, but in yourself. Do you seek for sauce by sweating.


    A chine of honest bacon would please my appetite more than all the marrow-puddings, for I like them better plain, having a very vulgar stomach.


    If thou wouldst preserve a sound body, use fasting and walking; if a healthful soul, fasting and praying; walking exercises the body, praying exercises the soul, fasting cleanses both.


    Food, improperly taken, not only produced original diseases, but affords those that are already engendered both matter and sustenance; so that, let the father of disease be what it may. Intemperance is certainly its mother.


    Your worm is your only emperor for diet; we fat all creatures else to fat us, and we fat ourselves for maggots.


    All courageous animals are carnivorous, and greater courage is to be expected in a people, such as the English, whose food is strong and hearty, than in the half starved commonalty of other countries.

    Sir W. Temple.