Obesity is a mental state, a disease brought on by boredom and disappointment.
—Cyril Connolly (1903–74) British Literary Critic, Writer
Appetite is essentially insatiable, and where it operates as a criterion of both action and enjoyment (that is, everywhere in the Western world since the sixteenth century) it will infallibly discover congenial agencies (mechanical and political) of expression.
—Marshall Mcluhan (1911–80) Canadian Writer, Thinker, Educator
Don’t go out of your weigh to please anyone but yourself.
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 (1874–1965) British Head of State, Political leader, Historian, Journalist, Author
Thou seest I have more flesh than another man, and therefore more frailty.
—William Shakespeare (1564–1616) British Playwright
What some call health, if purchased by perpetual anxiety about diet, isn’t much better than tedious disease.
—George D. Prentice (1802–70) American Journalist, Editor
Let your head be more than a funnel to your stomach
All courageous animals are carnivorous, and greater courage is to be expected in a people whose food is strong and hearty, than in the half-starved of other countries.
—William Temple (1881–1944) British Clergyman, Theologian
History is apt to judge harshly those who sacrifice tomorrow for today.
—Harold Macmillan (1894–1986) British Head of State
You can’t lose weight by talking about it. You have to keep your mouth shut.
A fig for your bill of fare; show me your bill of company.
—Jonathan Swift (1667–1745) Irish Satirist
Gluttony is not a secret vice.
—Orson Welles (1915–85) American Film Director, Actor
Simple diet is best—for many dishes bring many diseases; and rich sauces are worse than even heaping several meats upon each other.
—Pliny the Elder (23–79CE) Roman Statesman, Scholar
Rich, fatty foods are like destiny: they too, shape our ends.
Dieters—People that are thick and tired of it
In general, mankind, since the improvement of cookery, eats twice as much as nature requires.
—Benjamin Franklin (1706–90) American Political Leader, Inventor, Diplomat
When the stomach is full, it is easy to talk of fasting.
—Jerome (347–420) Greek Priest, Apologist, Saint
To safeguard one’s health at the cost of too strict a diet is a tiresome illness indeed.
—Francois de La Rochefoucauld (1613–80) French Writer
One should eat to live, not live to eat.
—Moliere (1622–73) French Playwright
One should strive to maintain good health by taking balanced diet and exercising regularly.
—The Vedas Sacred Books of Hinduism
The art of dining is no slight art, he pleasure not a slight pleasure.
—Michel de Montaigne (1533–92) French Essayist
If I had been around when Rubens was painting, I would have been revered as a fabulous model. Kate Moss? Well, she would have been the paintbrush.
—Dawn French (b.1957) Welsh Comedienne, Actress, Writer
People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas
The obese is in a total delirium. For he is not only large, of a size opposed to normal morphology: he is larger than large. He no longer makes sense in some distinctive opposition, but in his excess, his redundancy.
—Jean Baudrillard (1929–2007) French Sociologist, Philosopher
It is a hard matter, my fellow citizens, to argue with the belly, since it has no ears.
—Plutarch (c.46–c.120 CE) Greek Biographer, Philosopher
Forget about calories – everything makes thin people thinner, and fat people fatter.
—Mignon McLaughlin (1913–83) American Journalist, Author
Another good reducing exercise consists in placing both hands against the table edge and pushing back.
—Robert Quillen (1887–1948) American Journalist, Humorist
Food improperly taken, not only produces diseases, but affords those that are already engendered both matter and sustenance; so that, let the father of disease be what it may, intemperance is its mother.
—Richard Burton (1925–84) Welsh Actor
Clogged with yesterday’s excess, the body drags the mind down with it.
—Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) (65–8 BCE) Roman Poet
I have a great diet. You’re allowed to eat anything you want, but you must eat it with naked fat people.