Food Sayings and Quotes

Nothing brings people together like a generous spread of delicious food. It’s the universal unifier. Food serves as a cultural marker, attends every milestone and celebration, and can be dressed up or down. Food is where the heart is. Below you’ll find a collection of wise, inspirational and humorous food quotes, sayings and proverbs.

Everything you see I owe to spaghetti.      

Sophia Loren

Food is like sex: When you abstain, even the worst stuff begins to look good.

Beth McCollister

First we eat, then we do everything else.     

M.F.K. Fisher

Food is our common ground, a universal experience.     

James Beard

People want honest, flavourful food, not some show-off meal that takes days to prepare.

Ted Allen

The way you make an omelet reveals your character.     

Anthony Bourdain

You don't need a silver fork to eat good food.

Paul Prudhomme

There is no sincerer love than the love of food.

George Bernard Shaw

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.

J.R.R. Tolkien

There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.

Mahatma Gandhi

Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.     

Ruth Reichl

Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.

Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Don't dig your grave with your own knife and fork.     

English Proverb

In 'The Republic' he [Plato] states that the enjoyment of food is not a true pleasure because the purpose of eating is to relieve pain -- hunger.

Mark Kurlansky

A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart who looks at her watch.

James Beard

Animals feed; man eats; only a man of wit knows how to eat.

Jean Anthelme

Stop being a vegan and start enjoying what you eat.

Jamie Oliver

Never eat more than you can lift.     

Miss Piggy

He who eats alone chokes alone.

Arabian Proverb

Cheese is milk's leap toward immortality.     

Clifton Fadiman

An onion can make people cry, but there has never been a vegetable invented to make them laugh.

Will Rogers

Good food ends with good talk.     

Geoffrey Neighor

Eating is always a decision, nobody forces your hand to pick up food and put it into your mouth.

Albert Ellis, Michael Abrams, Lidia Dengelegi

I just inhaled kimchi ramen. Nose on fire. Next chapter may be obscured by tears.


A little chocolate a day keeps the doctor at bay     

Marcia Carrington

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

Christopher Morley

Condensed milk is wonderful. I don't see how they can get a cow to sit down on those little cans.     

Fred Allen

It's difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.

Lewis Grizzard

When baking, follow directions. When cooking, go by your own taste.     

Laiko Bahrs

If there were only turnips and potatoes in the world, someone would complain that plants grow the wrong way.

Georg C. Lichtenberg