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


The tocsin of the soul—the dinner bell!


  • He fell upon whatever was offer’d, like
  • A priest, a shark, an alderman, or pike.
  • Byron.

  • When dinner has oppress’d one,
  • I think it is perhaps the gloomiest hour
  • Which turns up out of the sad twenty-four.
  • Byron.

  • Their various cares in one great point combine
  • The business of their lives, that is—to dine.
  • Young.

  • All human history attests
  • That happiness for man—the hungry sinner—
  • Since Eve ate apples, much depends on dinner!
  • Byron.

  • ’Twas a public feast and public day—
  • Quite full, right dull, guests hot, and dishes cold,
  • Great plenty, much formality, small cheer,
  • And everybody out of their own sphere.
  • Byron.

    A good dinner sharpens wit, while it softens the heart.


    Before dinner men meet with great inequality of understanding; and those who are conscious of their inferiority have the modesty not to talk; when they have drunk wine, every man feels himself happy, and loses that modesty, and grows impudent and vociferous; but he is not improved; he is only not sensible of his defects.