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When the Sultan Shah-Zaman
  Goes to the city Ispahan,
    Even before he gets so far
      As the place where the clustered palm-trees are,
        At the last of the thirty palace-gates
          The pet of the harem, Rose-in-Bloom,
            Orders a feast in his favorite room--
              Glittering square of colored ice,
                Sweetened with syrup, tinctured with spice,
                  Creams, and cordials, and sugared dates,
                    Syrian apples, Othmanee quinces,
                      Limes and citrons and apricots,
                        And wines that are known to Eastern princes.
      - Thomas Bailey Aldrich,
        When the Sultan Goes to Ispahan

Acorns were good till bread was found.
      - Francis Bacon, Colours of Good and Evil
        quoted from Juvenal's "Satires" (XIV, 181)

Some men are born to feast, and not to fight;
  Whose sluggish minds, e'en in fair honor's field,
    Still on their dinner turn--
      Let such pot-boiling varlets stay at home,
        And wield a flesh-hook rather than a sword.
      - Joanna Baillie, Basil (act I, sc. 1)

'Tis not her coldness, father,
  That chills my labouring breast;
    It's that confounded cucumber
      I've ate and can't digest.
      - Richard Harris Barham, The Confession

I sing the sweets I know, the charms I feel,
  My morning incense. and my evening meal,
    The sweets of Hasty-Pudding.
      - Joel Barlow, The Hasty Pudding (canto I)

Ratons and myse and soche smale dere
  That was his mete that vii. yere.
      - Sir Bevis of Hamptoun,
        a manuscript in Caius College

And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness:
  And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.
      - Bible, Exodus (ch. XVI, v. 2-3)

For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God: and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
  For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
    But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
      - Bible, Hebrews (ch. V, v. 12-14)

And she said, As the Lord thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.
      - Bible, I Kings (ch. XVII, v. 12)

And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah.
      - Bible, I Kings (ch. XVII, v. 16)

For, behold, the Lord, the Lord of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water.
      - Bible, Isaiah (ch. III, v. 1)

And in that day did the Lord God of hosts call to weeping, and to mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth:
  And behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eating flesh, and drinking wine: let us eat and drink; for to morrow we shall die.
      - Bible, Isaiah (ch. XXII, v. 12-13)

And in this mountain shall the Lord of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined.
      - Bible, Isaiah (ch. XXV, v. 6)

When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.
      - Bible, John (ch. VI, v. 12)

He asked water, and she gave him milk; she brought forth butter in a lordly dish.
      - Bible, Judges (ch. V, v. 25)

But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
      - Bible, Matthew (ch. IV, v. 4)

Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body more than raiment?
      - Bible, Matthew (ch. VI, v. 25)

(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:
  Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
      - Bible, Philippians (ch. III, v. 18-19)

Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XV, v. 17)

A warmed-up dinner was never worth much.
  [Fr., Un diner rechauffe ne valut jamais rien.]
      - Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux, Lutrin (I, 104)

Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.
  [Fr., Dis moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es.]
      - Anthelme Brillat-Savarin,
        Physiologie du Gout

First come, first served.
      - Henry Brinklow, Complaint of Roderyck Mors

Famish'd people must be slowly nurst,
  And fed by spoonfuls, else they always burst.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

That famish'd people must be slowly nurst,
  And fed by spoonfuls, else they always burst.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto II, st. 158)

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.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto II, st. 67)

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