Dinner Sayings and Quotes

Great food has a special way of breaking down boundaries and bringing people together. Whether celebrating a special occasion or just a simple meal with family, dinner is the opportunity to reconnect with the people you care about while stuffing your face. Check out the collection of wise and humorous dinner quotes below.

A successful dinner is one that lasts a while and one where everyone leaves happy. It's a meal where we didn't just wolf food down, rather something else happened at the table. That is the goal.     

Laurie David

Dinner is the principal act of the day that can only be carried out in a worthy manner by people of wit and humor; for it is not sufficient just to eat at dinner. One has to talk with a calm and discreet gaiety. The conversation must sparkle like the rubies in the entremets wines, it must be delightfully suave with the sweetmeats of the dessert, and become very profound with the coffee.     

Alexandre Dumas

After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.     

Oscar Wilde

At the dinner table, if you can't think of anything to say, sit quietly. Don't throw rolls, or chew on your napkin.     

Mason Cooley

This was a good dinner enough, to be sure, but it was not a dinner to ask a man to.     

Samuel Johnson

The dinner hour is a sacred, happy time when everyone should be together and relaxed.     

Julia Child

Dinner is a great first date. Don't believe that stuff about girls not wanting to eat on a first date sharing a romantic meal is so sexy.     

Carmen Electra

Strange to see how a good dinner and feasting reconciles everybody.     

Samuel Pepys

But dinner is dinner, a meal at which not so much to eat it becomes difficult to eat much at it as you grow older as to drink, to talk, to flirt, to discuss, to rejoice at the closing of the day. I do not think anything serious should be done after it, as nothing should before breakfast.     

George Saintsbury

Dinners are given mostly in the middle classes by way of revenge.     

William Makepeace Thackeray

Americans are just beginning to regard food the way the French always have. Dinner is not what you do in the evening before something else. Dinner is the evening.     

Art Buchwald

The dinner table is the center for the teaching and practicing not just of table manners but of conversation, consideration, tolerance, family feeling, and just about all the other accomplishments of polite society except the minuet.     

Judith Martin

A great dinner must include not only yummy food, but good conversation.     

Laurie David

Dinners are defined as the ultimate act of communion; men that can have communion in nothing else, can sympathetically eat together, can still rise into some glow of brotherhood over food and wine.     

Thomas Carlyle

At dinner time he would sit in a corner, concentrating; and suddenly they would say, time to feed the cat, as if it were their idea.     

Lilian Jackson Braun

Dinner is where the magic happens in the kitchen.     

Kris Carr

Dinner alone is one of life's pleasures.     

Laurie Colwin

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


Everything on our dinner table-the meat, cheese, salad, bread, and soft drink-requires carbon dioxide to be there. For those of you who believe that carbon dioxide is a pollutant, we have a special diet: water and salt!     

Joanne Nova

Dinner is often a stew of beans or legumes, which are awesome for dieting; they give you that meaty satisfaction and both are excellent with whole grain rice or bread.     

Nadia Giosia

Dinner is to a day what dessert is to dinner.     

Michael Dorris