Eating Proverbs

Sayings about Eating

Eating and drinking holds body and soul together. ~ German Proverb

Look and keep silent, and if you are eating meat, tell the world it’s fish. ~ Arabian Proverb

The rich eat when they want, the poor when they can. ~ Georgian Proverb

He who wants to eat honey should endure the stings. ~ Lebanese Proverb

The art is to eat it with taste. ~ French Proverbeat

Eat with the devil but give him a long spoon. ~ Jamaican Proverb

Friendship is honey — but don’t eat it all. ~ Moroccan Proverb

When the father has eaten too much salt in his lifetime, then his son thereafter will have a great thirst. ~ Vietnamese Proverb

At a wedding a bride eats the least. ~ Catalonian Proverb

He who always eats the roots of a plant is capable of anything. ~ Chinese Proverb

The impotent man does not eat spicy foods. ~ Congolese Proverb

He that eats till he is sick must fast till he is well. ~ English Proverb

Even a dog will not eat a leg without flesh. ~ Croatian Proverb

Hunger is the best cook, but he has nothing to eat. ~ German Proverb

Eat little, sleep sound. ~ Iranian Proverb

The man who has eaten enough will never believe a hungry one. ~ Albanian Proverb

He who eats alone chokes alone. ~ Arabian Proverb

The children eat the fruit and the father sleeps on the peel. ~ Cypriot Proverb

Not everything that is good to eat is good to talk about. ~ Jamaican Proverb

Nature gave us two cheeks instead of one to make it easier to eat hot food. ~ Ghanaian Proverb

He who wants to be a dragon must eat many little snakes. ~ Chinese Proverb

Eat in Poland, drink in Hungary, sleep in Germany, and make love in Italy. ~ Polish Proverb

Water in the mouth before eating; water in the eyes when the bill comes. ~ Tibetan Proverb

The way one eats is the way one works. ~ Czech Proverb

He who eats and drinks with the rich leaves the table hungry. ~ Greek Proverb

Look not at thieves eating meat, but look at them suffering punishment. ~ Chinese Proverb

We all see the same sun, but we don’t eat the same meal. ~ Russian Proverb

Eat less, live longer. ~ German Proverb

Men eat fish — thanks to the sauce. ~ French Proverb

Turn yourself into a sheep and the wolves will eat you. ~ German Proverb

Eat the wind and swallow bitterness. ~ Traditional Proverb

One eats, another watches; that’s how revolutions are born. ~ Turkish Proverb

I sing the song of the person whose bread I eat. ~ French Proverb

Food you will not eat you do not boil. ~ African Proverb

Eat to live and not live to eat. ~ Traditional Proverb

Do not lean on a worm-eaten staff. ~ Greek Proverb

Fear less, hope more, eat less, chew more, whine less, breathe more, talk less, say more, hate less, love more, and all good things will be yours. ~ Swedish Proverb

He who eats alone is Satan’s brother. ~ Iranian Proverb

To lie and eat fish demand a lot of skill. ~ Spanish Proverb

Sweet rice is eaten quickly. ~ Sierra Leonean Proverb

The right time to dine is: for the rich man, when he is hungry; and for the poor, when he has something to eat. ~ Mexican Proverb

Eat when the meal is ready; speak when the time is ripe. ~ Ethiopian Proverb

When a woman is hungry, she says, “Roast something for the children that they may eat.” ~ Ghanaian Proverb

Whatever you eat will rot, whatever you give will blossom into a rose. ~ Iranian Proverb

It is hard to pay for bread that has already been eaten. ~ Danish Proverb

A bad man talks about what he has eaten and drunk — a good man about what he has seen and heard. ~ Chinese Proverb

Don’t be too sweet lest you be eaten up; don’t be too bitter lest you be spewed out. ~ Hebrew Proverb

If you don’t crack the shell, you can’t eat the nut. ~ Russian Proverb

When a poor man eats a chicken, one or the other is sick. ~ Yiddish Proverb

Whoever feeds the wolf in the winter will be eaten by him in the spring. ~ Greek Proverb

Don’t dig your grave with your knife and fork. ~ English Proverb

When a cat wants to eat her kittens, she says they look like mice. ~ Iranian Proverb

Until your fortieth it is better to eat than to drink; afterwards it is vice versa. ~ Hebrew Proverb

No matter if you eat a little or a lot of garlic, the smell is just as strong. ~ Tibetan Proverb

If a child washes his hands he could eat with kings. ~ African Proverb

It’s better that it should make you sick than that you don’t eat it at all. ~ Catalan Proverb

Eat with your mouth, pay with your back. ~ Creole Proverb (Southern U.S.)

You must crack the nuts before you can eat the kernel. ~ Irish Proverb

Manage with bread and salted butter until God brings something to eat with it. ~ Moroccan Proverb

Eat according to the limits of your provisions; walk according to the length of your step. ~ Tibetan Proverb

When going to an eating house, go to one that is filled with customers. ~ Chinese Proverb

Until you have smoked out the bees, you can’t eat the honey. ~ Russian Proverb

Rich people eat gold and shit lead. ~ French Proverb

Only when you have eaten a lemon do you appreciate what sugar is. ~ Ukrainian Proverb

The better the fruit, the more wasps to eat it. ~ German Proverb

He who eats a partridge in his youth will only be left with feathers in his old age. ~ Spanish Proverb

If you don’t eat you will die; overeating will shorten your life. ~ Maltese Proverb

Eat your fish while it is still fresh and marry the girl while she is still young. ~ German Proverb

When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them. ~ Chinese Proverb

At high tide fish eat ants; at low tide ants eat fish. ~ Thai Prover

Whenever I work hard for other people, I always sleep on an empty stomach. ~ Bantu Proverb

When the stomach is full the heart is glad. ~ Dutch Proverb

What is sweet in the mouth is not always good in the stomach. ~ Danish Proverb

There is no god like one’s stomach; we must sacrifice to it every day. ~ Beninese Proverb

The stomach never gets full with licking. ~ Estonian Proverb

Happiness rarely keeps company with an empty stomach. ~ Japanese Proverbs

Borrowed bread lies heavy on the stomach. ~ Ukrainian Proverb

An empty stomach will not listen to anything. ~ Spanish Proverb

A hungry stomach has no ears. ~ Author Unknown

Once the last tree is cut and the last river poisoned, you will find you cannot eat your money. ~ Canadian Proverb

He who has had enough to eat thinks of serving God; the hungry think of stealing. ~ Tibetan Proverb

He who has money can eat ice cream in hell. ~ Lebanese Proverb

Before you find God, you will be eaten by saints. ~ Romanian Proverbs

One should eat sand rather than fall to villainy. ~ Spanish Proverb

If you eat someone’s cake, you must also eat his lentils. ~ Dutch Proverb

He that wants to eat the kernel must crack the nut. ~ German Proverb

The most dangerous food to eat is a wedding cake. ~ Traditional Proverb

The rich eat kebab, the poor inhale smoke. ~ Tajikistani Proverb

He who works as a slave, eats as a king. ~ Indian Proverb

People should not talk while they are eating or pepper may go down the wrong way. ~ African Proverb

Eat what is cooked; listen to what is said. ~ Russian Proverb

You are only master of food that you haven’t yet eaten. ~ Tibetan Proverb

If you want to live long, be healthy and fat, drink like a dog and eat like a cat. ~ German Proverb

He who eats cherries with gentlemen risks getting the pips in his nose. ~ Danish Proverb

You eat an egg, but you don’t understand how painful it was for the chicken. ~ Netherlands Antillean Proverb

There is no such thing as a pretty good omelet. ~ French Proverb

Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. ~ Bible

The potter eats from broken plates. ~ African Proverb

More people die from overeating than from undernourishment. ~ Hebrew Proverb

If you had teeth of steel, you could eat iron coconuts. ~ Senegalese Proverb

Eaten bread is soon forgotten. ~ Swedish Proverb

Open your mouth before you eat. ~ Mauritanian Proverb

He who plants the lettuce doesn’t always eat the salad. ~ Spanish Proverb

Never eat in a restaurant where the chef is thin. ~ Chinese Proverb

Take all you want; eat all you take. ~ German Proverb

When eating the fruit, think of the person who planted the tree. ~ Vietnamese Proverb

Fear and love never eat from the same plate. ~ Spanish Proverb

Don’t dirty the place where you have eaten. ~ Malawian Proverb

When I eat your bread, I sing your song. ~ German Proverb

A cat likes to eat fresh fish but it will not go into the water. ~ Mongolian Proverb

Eating and scratching want but a beginning. ~ Romanian Proverb

The mouth which eats does not talk. ~ African Proverb

Eat until you are half full; drink until you are half drunk. ~ Russian Proverb

If a rich man eats a snake people say, “This is wisdom!” If a poor man eats a snake people say, “This is folly!” ~ Lebanese Proverb

He that would live for aye must eat sage in May. ~ Latin proverb

Eating while seated makes one of large size; eating while standing makes one strong. ~ Hindu Proverb

Eat and drink measurably, and defy the medicines. ~ Traditional Proverb

The belly rules the mind. ~ Spanish Proverb

What the farmer does not know he doesn’t eat. ~ German Proverb

When my child and I have eaten — then clear the table. ~ Moroccan Proverbs

Three things give us hardy strength: sleeping on hairy mattresses, breathing cold air, and eating dry food. ~ Welsh Proverbs

All food is fit to eat, but not all words are fit to speak. ~ Haitian Proverb

You can eat and drink with your family but not count and measure. ~ German Proverb

The poor eat meat when they bite their tongues. ~ Brazilian Proverb

Food tastes best when you eat it with your own spoon. ~ Danish Proverbs

The proof of the pudding is in the eating. ~ English Proverb

Eat before falling in love. ~ Japanese Proverb

One eats figs whilst the other pays. ~ Albanian Proverb

Revenge is a dish that should be eaten cold. ~ English Proverbs

Better to drink the milk than to eat the cow. ~ Icelandic Proverb

If all the bees made honey, there would be enough for even gypsies to eat. ~ Greek Proverbs

There is no honor when there is nothing to eat. ~ Russian Proverb

The first one to eat, the last one to work. ~ Spanish Proverb

Work like a slave and eat like a gentleman. ~ Albanian Proverb

The more you eat, the less flavor; the less you eat, the more flavor. ~ Chinese Proverb

The hand suffers at work, but the mouth still must eat. ~ Sudanese Proverb

Whoever eats a pancake never counts the holes in it. ~ Indian Proverb

Eat whatever you like, but dress as others do. ~ Arabian Proverb

Do not eat your chicken and throw its feathers in the front yard. ~ Liberian Proverb

When two are in love, only one needs to eat. ~ Spanish Proverbs

What a cow eats a calf drinks. ~ Senegalese Proverb

The eye is the one that eats. ~ Palestinian Proverbs

Urge people to work, not to eat. ~ Chinese Proverb

A chicken you eat only once — eggs a hundred times. ~ Tajikistani Proverb

If you find no fish, you have to eat bread. ~ Ghanaian Proverb

Eat coconuts while you have teeth. ~ Senegalese Proverb

Better to eat bread in peace, then cake amid turmoil. ~ Slovak Proverb

Eat with pleasure; drink with measure. ~ French Proverb

The rich would have to eat money, but luckily the poor provide food. ~ Russian Proverbs

Only what you have eaten is yours; other things may not be. ~ African Proverb

Do not eat before you have fed your animal. ~ Hebrew Proverb

If you see what the ducks eat then you eat no more duck. ~ Creole Proverb (Southern U.S.)

A good fox does not eat his neighbor’s chickens. ~ French Proverb

In times of emergency the devil eats flies. ~ German Proverbs

I eat what others have planted and I plant what others want to eat. ~ Iranian Proverb

Before you make a friend, eat a pack of salt with him. ~ Dutch Proverbs

He who eats alone chokes alone. ~ Traditional Proverb

Quotations about Eating

Rice is great if you’re really hungry and want to eat two thousand of something. ~ Mitch Hedberg

We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink… ~ Epicurus

I am proud to be an American. Because an American can eat anything on the face of this earth as long as he has two pieces of bread. ~ Bill Cosby

Animals are my friends… and I don’t eat my friends. ~ George Bernard Shaw

Trust no one unless you have eaten much salt with him. ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

Spaghetti… I can’t eat spaghetti, there’s too many of them. No matter how hungry I am, 1,000 of something is too many. I’ll have 1,000 pieces of noodles. ~ Mitch Hedberg

What’s the two things they tell you are healthiest to eat? Chicken and fish. You know what you should do? Combine them, eat a penguin. ~ Dave Attell

When a man’s stomach is full it makes no difference whether he is rich or poor. ~ Euripides

Anybody who believes that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach flunked geography. ~ Robert Byrne

A stomach accustomed to hunger is satisfied with very little. ~ Jose Saramago

Let the stoics say what they please, we do not eat for the good of living, but because the meat is savory and the appetite is keen. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I follow my own advice: eat less, move more, eat lots of fruits, vegetables, and grains, and don’t eat too much junk food. It leaves plenty of flexibility for eating an occasional junk food. ~ Marion Nestle

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

The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. ~ Sara Payson

I love to eat, and if I could, I’d eat every second of my life. ~ Maria Sharapova

You are going to let the fear of poverty govern you life and your reward will be that you will eat, but you will not live. ~ George Bernard Shaw

Man is what he eats. ~ Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach

Fools make feasts, and wise men eat them. ~ Benjamin Franklin

The most important things to do in the world are to get something to eat, something to drink and somebody to love you. ~ Brendan Behan

The best of us must sometimes eat our words. ~ J. K. Rowling

Bad men live that they may eat and drink, whereas good men eat and drink that they may live. ~ Socrates

Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.” ~ Michael Pollan

If people were forced to eat what they killed, there would be no more wars. ~ Abbie Hoffman

The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age. ~ Lucille Ball

Tell me what you eat, I’ll tell you who you are. ~ Jean Anthelme

At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely. ~ W. Somerset Maugham

Since Eve ate apples, much depends on dinner. ~ Lord Byron

He who lives by the crystal ball soon learns to eat ground glass. ~ Edgar R. Fiedler

To eat at another’s table is your ambition’s height. ~ Juvenal

Eating is touch carried to the bitter end. ~ Samuel Butler

One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating. ~ Luciano Pavarotti and William Wright

Dinner was made for eating, not for talking. ~ William Makepeace Thackeray

If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart. ~ Cesar Chavez

I wish you all manner of prosperity, with a little more taste.~ Alain-Rene Le Sage

Once you have to start counting calories, it takes away from the joy of eating. ~ Mireille Guiliano

No man in the world has more courage than the man who can stop after eating one peanut. ~ Channing Pollock

Great eaters and great sleepers are incapable of anything else that is great. ~ Henry IV of France

The difference between a rich man and a poor man is this–the former eats when he pleases, and the latter when he can get it. ~ Sir Walter Raleigh

Eating well is a lifelong priority. ~ Sara Ramirez

What is food to one man is bitter poison to others.~ Lucretius

Expect problems and eat them for breakfast. ~ Alfred A. Montapert

Not eating meat is a decision, eating meat is an instinct. ~ Denis Leary

When engaged in eating, the brain should be the servant of the stomach. ~ Agatha Christie

If you want to eat well in England, eat three breakfasts. ~ W. Somerset Maugham

There are only ten minutes in the life of a pear when it is perfect to eat. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sleep ’til you’re hungry, eat ’til you’re sleepy. ~ Author Unknown

The body is an amazing machine… If you eat the right things your body will perform incredibly well! ~ Shawn Johnson

We don’t live by just sleeping and eating. We need pride and dignity in our lives. Work gives you that. ~ Yoko Ono

When women are depressed, they eat or go shopping. Men invade another country. It’s a whole different way of thinking. ~ Elayne Boosler

Statistics show that of those who contract the habit of eating, very few survive. ~ George Bernard Shaw

Eat to please thyself, but dress to please others. ~ Benjamin Franklin

The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you’re hungry again. ~ George Miller

One must eat to live, not live to eat. ~ Moliere

Everything I eat has been proved by some doctor or other to be a deadly poison, and everything I don’t eat has been proved to be indispensable for life. But I go marching on. ~ George Bernard Shaw

The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook. ~ Julia Child

We eat, therefore we hunt. ~ Sarah Palin

Worthless people live only to eat and drink; people of worth eat and drink only to live. ~ Socrates

Want to learn to eat a lot? Here it is: Eat a little. That way, you will be around long enough to eat a lot. ~ Tony Robbins

When it comes to eating, you can sometimes help yourself more by helping yourself less. ~ Richard Armour

The more dishes a man has on his table beyond what is sufficient, the sooner satiety in eating comes upon him. ~ Xenophon

Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them. ~ Samuel Butler

I keep eating for fear I will be hungry. ~ Mason Cooley

It’s okay to eat fish because they don’t have any feelings. ~ Kurt Cobain

What you feel like eating at any given moment is what you should have. ~ Ferran Adria

Eating is so intimate. It’s very sensual. When you invite someone to sit at your table and you want to cook for them, you’re inviting a person into your life. ~ Maya Angelou

The most important things in life happen over conversations while eating. ~ Geoffrey Zakarian

We are indeed much more than what we eat, but what we eat can nevertheless help us to be much more than what we are. ~ Adelle Davis

Nothing like the act of eating for equalizing men. Dying is nothing to it. ~ Elizabeth Gaskell

Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night. ~ William Blake

We never repent of having eaten too little. ~ Thomas Jefferson

The best way to lose weight is to close your mouth – something very difficult for a politician. Or watch your food – just watch it, don’t eat it. ~ Edward Koch

Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside. ~ Mark Twain

To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art. ~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld

Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity. ~ Voltaire

Meat eaten without either mirth or music is ill of digestion. ~ Sir Walter Scott

Eating is one of the great beauties in life. One of my favorite recreations… eating with friends, the service, the ambience. ~ LeRoy Neiman

Strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends. ~ William Shakespeare

The whole of nature, as has been said, is a conjugation of the verb to eat, in the active and passive. ~ William Ralph Inge

No man is lonely eating spaghetti; it requires so much attention. ~ Christopher Morley

In the course of my life, I have often had to eat my words, and I must confess that I have always found it a wholesome diet. ~ Winston Churchill

Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands – and then eat just one of the pieces. ~ Judith Viorst

The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not. ~ Mark Twain

We are all dietetic sinners; only a small percent of what we eat nourishes us; the balance goes to waste and loss of energy. ~ William Osler

I eat merely to put food out of my mind. ~ N.F. Simpson

Eating on the Run. ~ Book Preview

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