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


Hunger is sharper than the sword.

Beaumont and Fletcher.

Cruel as death, and hungry as the grave.


Hunger was the best seasoning for meat.


They that die by famine die by inches.

Matthew Henry.

  • Famished people must be slowly nursed,
  • And fed by spoonfuls, else they always burst.
  • Byron.

    Hunger is the teacher of the arts, and the bestower of invention.


    Hunger is the mother of impatience and anger.


    A hungry people listens not to reason, nor cares for justice, nor is bent by any prayers.


  • Man is a carnivorous production,
  • And must have meals, at least one meal a day;
  • He cannot live, like woodcocks, upon suction,
  • But, like the shark and tiger, must have prey.
  • Although his anatomical construction
  • Bears vegetables, in a grumbling way,
  • Your laboring people think beyond all question,
  • Beef, veal, and mutton better for digestion.
  • Byron.