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  1. Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.
    Anthelme Brillat-Savarin 1755–1826 French jurist and gourmet: Physiologie du Goût (1825) aphorism no. 4; see Feuerbach
  2. Some hae meat and canna eat,
    And some wad eat that want it,
    But we hae meat and we can eat,
    Sae let the Lord be thankit.
    Robert Burns 1759–96 Scottish poet: ‘The Kirkcudbright Grace’ (1790), also known as ‘The Selkirk Grace’
  3. The healthy stomach is nothing if not conservative. Few radicals have good digestions.
    Samuel Butler 1835–1902 English novelist: Notebooks (1912) ch. 6
  4. It's a very odd thing—
    As odd as can be—
    That whatever Miss T eats
    Turns into Miss T.
    Walter de la Mare 1873–1956 English poet and novelist: ‘Miss T’ (1913)
  5. Gluttony is an emotional escape, a sign something is eating us.
    Peter De Vries 1910–93 American novelist and humorist: Comfort Me With Apples (1956)
  6. A hungry stomach has no ears.
    Jean de la Fontaine 1621–95 French poet: Fables bk. 9 (1678–9) ‘The Kite and the Nightingale’
  7. I don't eat anything with a face.
    Linda McCartney 1941–98 American photographer: quoted in BBC News (online edition) 19 April 1998; obituary
  8. Time for a little something.
    A. A. Milne 1882–1956 English writer for children: Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) ch. 6
  9. Strange to see how a good dinner and feasting reconciles everybody.
    Samuel Pepys 1633–1703 English diarist: Diary 9 November 1665
  10. Hunger is insolent, and will be fed.
    Alexander Pope 1688–1744 English poet: translation of The Odyssey (1725) bk. 7, l. 300
  11. Now good digestion wait on appetite,
    And health on both!
    William Shakespeare 1564–1616 English dramatist: Macbeth (1606) act 3, sc. 4, l. 38 (Oxford Standard Authors ed.)
  12. I do wish we could chat longer, but I'm having an old friend for dinner.
    The Silence of the Lambs 1991 film: spoken by Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter; written by Thomas Harris (1940–)  and Ted Tally (1952–)
  13. We each day dig our graves with our teeth.
    Samuel Smiles 1812–1904 English writer: Duty (1880)
  14. He sows hurry and reaps indigestion.
    Robert Louis Stevenson 1850–94 Scottish novelist: Virginibus Puerisque (1881) ‘An Apology for Idlers’
  15. I'll fill hup the chinks wi' cheese.
    R. S. Surtees 1805–64 English sporting journalist and novelist: Handley Cross (1843) ch. 15
  16. Lunch? You gotta be kidding. Lunch is for wimps.
    Wall Street 1987 film: written by Stanley Weiser and Oliver Stone (1946–)
  17. One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.
    Virginia Woolf 1882–1941 English novelist: A Room of One's Own (1929)