The toughest part of being on a diet is shutting up about it.

Gerland Nachman

If a fly gets into the throat of one who is fasting, it is not necessary to pull it out.

Ayatollah Khomeini

If one doesn’t have a character like Abraham Lincoln or Joan of Arc, a diet simply disintegrates into eating exactly what you want to eat, but with a bad conscience.

Maria Augusta Trapp

Eating is never so simple as hunger.

Erica Jong

Addiction, obesity, and starvation (anorexia nervosa) are political problems, not psychiatric: each condenses and expresses a contest between the individual and some other person or persons . . . over the control of the individual’s body.

Thomas Szasz

You can never get enough of what you don’t really want.

Eric Hoffer

Women should try to increase their size rather than decrease it, because I believe the bigger we are, the more space we’ll take up, and the more we’ll have to be reckoned with. I think every woman should be fat like me.

Roseanne Barr

Jack Sprat could eat no fat, / His wife could eat no lean. / A real sweet pair of neurotics.

Jack Sharkey

A monk asked Chao-chou, “I have just entered the monastery: please give me some guidance.” Chao-chou said, “Have you eaten your rice gruel?” The monk said, “Yes, I’ve eaten.” Chao-chou said, “Then go wash your bowl.”

Zen story

Man does not live by bread alone.


Man does not live by bread alone, but he also does not live long without it.

Frederick Buechner

No man was ever more than about nine meals away from crime or suicide.

Eric Sevareid

A man with money to pay for a meal can talk about hunger without demeaning himself. . . . But for a man with no money hunger is a disgrace.

Vicki Baum

In the last twenty-four hours about forty thousand children, most of them under five, have died in the world. More than 80 per cent of those deaths are from preventable diseases like tetanus, measles, whooping cough, acute respiratory infection, and diarrhea. Such deaths are often associated with malnutrition.

New Internationalist

In the Fiji islands, it appears, cannibalism is now familiar. They eat their own wives and children. We only devour widows’ houses, and great merchants outwit and absorb the substance of small ones, and every man feeds on his neighbor’s labor if he can. It is a milder form of cannibalism.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Greed is all right. . . . Greed is healthy. You can be greedy and still feel good about yourself.

Ivan Boesky

Crime is a logical extension of the sort of behavior that is often perfectly respectable in legitimate business.

Robert Rice

There is a crime here that goes beyond denunciation. There is a sorrow here that weeping cannot symbolize. There is a failure here that topples all our successes. The fertile earth, the straight tree rows, the sturdy trunks, and the ripe fruit. And children dying of pellagra must die because a profit cannot be taken from an orange. And coroners must fill in the certificate died of malnutrition because the food must rot, must be forced to rot. . . . In the eyes of the people there is the failure, and in the eyes of the hungry there is a growing wrath. In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy, growing heavy for the vintage.

John Steinbeck

The hunger of one is the shame of all.

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