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[ Also see Abstinence Diet Eating Excess Feasting Intemperance ]

When I behold a fashionable table set out in all its magnificence, I fancy that I see gouts and dropsies, fevers and lethargies, with other innumerable distempers lying in ambuscade among the dishes. Nature delights in the most plain and simple diet. Every animal but man keeps to one dish. Herbs are the food of this species, fish of that, and flesh of a third. Man falls upon everything that comes in his way; not the smallest fruit or excrescence of the earth, scarce a berry or a mushroom can escape him.
      - Joseph Addison

The glutton is much more than an animal and much less than a man.
      - Honore de Balzac

Gluttony is the source of all our infirmities, and the fountain of all our diseases. As a lamp is choked by a superabundance of oil, a fire extinguished by excess of fuel, so is the natural health of the body destroyed by intemperate diet.
      - Robert Burton

Why, at this rate, a fellow that has but a groat in his pocket may have a stomach capable of a ten-shilling ordinary.
      - William Congreve

As houses well stored with provisions are likely to be full of mice, so the bodies of those that eat much are full of diseases.
      - Laertius Diogenes

In general, mankind, since the improvement of cookery, eats twice as much as nature requires.
      - Benjamin Franklin

He was a kind and thankful toad, whose heart dilated in proportion as his skin was filled with good cheer; and whose spirits rose with eating, as some men's do with drink.
      - Washington Irving

Such, whose sole bliss is eating, who can give but that one brutal reason why they live.
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)

Born merely for the purpose of digestion.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

Gluttony and drunkenness have two evils attendant on them; they make the carcass smart, as well as the pocket.
      - Marcus Aurelius (Marcus Aurelius Antoninus)

Swinish gluttony never looks to heaven amidst its gorgeous feast; but with besotted, base ingratitude, cravens and blasphemes his feeder.
      - John Milton

The belly has no ears.
      - Plutarch

But for the cravings of the belly not a bird would have fallen into the snare; nay, nay, the fowler would not have spread his net. The belly is chains to the hands and fetters to the feet. He who is a slave to his belly seldom worships God.
      - Moslih Eddin (Muslih-un-Din) Saadi (Sadi)

The pleasures of the palate deal with us like Egyptian thieves who strangle those whom they embrace.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

He is a very valiant trencher-man.
      - William Shakespeare

I am a great eater of beef, and I believe that does harm to my wit.
      - William Shakespeare

Let me have men about me that are fat; sleek-headed men, and such as sleep o' nights; yonder Cassius has a lean and hungry look; he thinks too much; such men are dangerous.
      - William Shakespeare

I have come to the conclusion that mankind consume twice too much food.
      - Sydney Smith

He that prolongs his meals, and sacrifices his time as well as his other conveniences, to his luxury, how quickly does he outset his pleasure!
      - Bishop Robert South

And by his side rode loathsome gluttony.
  Deform'd creature, on a filthy swine;
    His belly was up-blown with luxury,
      And eke with fatness swollen were his eyne.
      - Edmund Spenser

As for me, give me turtle or give me death. What is life without turtle? nothing. What is turtle without life? nothinger still.
      - Artemus Ward (pseudonym of Charles Farrar Browne)

Gluttony is not a secret vice.
      - Orson Welles

Some men find happiness in gluttony and in drunkenness, but no delicate viands can touch their taste with the thrill of pleasure, and what generosity there is in wine steadily refuses to impart its glow to their shriveled hearts.
      - Edwin Percy Whipple

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