Hunger Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old hunger quotes, hunger sayings, and hunger proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Wanting something is not enough. You must hunger for it. Your motivation must be absolutely compelling in order to overcome the obstacles that will invariably come your way.     

Les Brown

Hunger is sharper than the sword.     

Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher

Hunger is the handmaid of genius.     

Hunger is the handmaid of genius

Hunger is the best sauce in the world.     

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Hunger knows no friend but its feeder.     


The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.     

Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Hunger is the best seasoning for meat.     


Hunger steals the memory.     

Louise Erdrich

To hunger for use and to go unused is the worst hunger of all.     

Lyndon Baines Johnson

Hunger is the teacher of the arts, and the bestower of invention.     

Aulus Persius Flaccus

Hunger does not breed reform; it breeds madness, and all the ugly distempers that make an ordered life impossible.     

Thomas Woodrow Wilson

Hunger is the mother of impatience and anger.     

Johann Georg von Zimmermann

If you want to eliminate hunger, everybody has to be involved.     


When we work to end childhood hunger, we are giving our love to kids who need it so much they will never ask for it.     

Beau Bridges

Hunger makes a thief of any man.     

Pearl S. Buck

The war against hunger is truly mankind's war of liberation.     

John F. Kennedy

Where there is hunger there is no hope. There is only desolation and pain. Hunger nurtures violence and fanaticism. A world where people starve will never be safe     

Luiz Lula da Silva

When a poor person dies of hunger, it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her. It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needed.     

Mother Teresa

If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams.     

Les Brown

Hunger of choice is a painful luxury; hunger of necessity is terrifying torture.     

Mike Mullin

We have a hunger of the mind which asks for knowledge of all around us, and the more we gain, the more is our desire; the more we see, the more we are capable of seeing.     

Maria Mitchell

Hunger is the best pickle.     

Benjamin Franklin

Hunger is insolent, and will be fed.     


A healthful hunger for a great idea is the beauty and blessedness of life.     

Jean Ingelow

Can people who hunger so desperately for what other people have ever have enough?     

Alice Walker

The only remedy against hunger is reasonable birth control.     

Friedrich Durrenmatt

Take the feeling of hunger out of your gut, and you're no longer a champion.     

Burt Lancaster

Make hunger thy sauce, as a medicine for health.     

Thomas Tusser

The hunger to win must not die... The appetite has to remain big.     

Kapil Dev

The hunger for facile wisdom is the root of all false philosophy.     

George Santayana

There is a spiritual hunger in the world today - and it cannot be satisfied by better cars on longer credit terms.     

Adlai E. Stevenson

Hunger eats through stone walls.     

Dutch Proverb

This hunger for profits causes great misery for the people.     

Walter Ulbricht

Hunger also changes the world - when eating can't be a habit, then neither can seeing.     

Maxine Hong Kingston

Hunger for gold is made greater as more gold is acquired.     


Hunger's a great spur.     

Robert Carlyle

I find hunger more interesting than accomplishment.     

Simon Van Booy

I've always had a hunger for realizing myself through my career.     

Holland Taylor

To hunger is to be alive and to hope.     

Crescent Dragonwagon

Undoubtedly the desire for food has been, and still is, one of the main causes of great political events.     

Bertrand Russell

Where there is Hunger, Law is not regarded; and where Law is not regarded, there will be Hunger.     

Benjamin Franklin

The real cause of hunger is the powerlessness of the poor to gain access to the resources they need to feed themselves     

Frances Moore Lappe

Can you still want something you already have? Absolutely. Everyday.     

Crystal Woods

There's something to be said for hunger: at least it lets you know you're still alive.     

Margaret Atwood

Hunger quashes man's will to help his fellow man.     

Kang Chol Hwan

Bean could see the hunger in their eyes. Not the regular hunger, for food, but the real hunger, the deep hunger, for family, for love, for belonging.     

Orson Scott Card

Real hunger is when one man regards another man as something to eat.     

Tadeusz Borowski

Hunger: One of the few cravings that cannot be appeased with another solution.     

Irwin Van Grove

Hunger is not only the best cook, but also the best physician.     


There is hunger for ordinary bread, and there is hunger for love, for kindness, for thoughtfulness; and this is the great poverty that makes people suffer so much.     

Mother Teresa