We were the country that has more food to eat than any other country in the world, and with more diets to keep us from eating it.
A waist is a terrible thing to mind.
—Tom Wilson (1931–2011) American Cartoonist
Gluttony is not a secret vice.
—Orson Welles (1915–85) American Film Director, Actor
Another good reducing exercise consists in placing both hands against the table edge and pushing back.
—Robert Quillen (1887–1948) American Journalist, Humorist
She looked as if she had been poured into her clothes and had forgotten to say ‘when.’
—P. G. Wodehouse (1881–1975) British Novelist, Short-story Writer, Playwright
My wife is a light eater. As soon as it’s light, she starts to eat.
—Henny Youngman (1906–98) Anglo-American Comedian, Violinist
The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight, because by then your body and your fat are really good friends.
The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook
—Julia Child (1912–2004) American Cook, Author
I hate when I read “Try that Jennifer Aniston Diet.” There was no diet!
—Jennifer Aniston (b.1969) American Actress
To lengthen your life, shorten your meals.
One should strive to maintain good health by taking balanced diet and exercising regularly.
—The Vedas Sacred Books of Hinduism
Be plain in dress, and sober in your diet; In short, my dear, kiss me and be quiet.
—Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689–1762) English Aristocrat, Poet, Novelist, Writer
A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.
I am a nutritional overachiever.
Your stomach shouldn’t be a waist basket.
There is no need to worry about mere size. We do not necessarily respect a fat man more than a thin man. Sir Isaac Newton was very much smaller than a hippopotamus, but we do not on that account value him less.
—Bertrand A. Russell (1872–1970) British Philosopher, Mathematician, Social Critic
In general, mankind, since the improvement of cookery, eats twice as much as nature requires.
—Benjamin Franklin (1706–90) American Political Leader, Inventor, Diplomat
‘Tis a superstition to insist on a special diet. All is made at last of the same chemical atoms.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–82) American Philosopher
Who ever hears of fat men heading a riot, or herding together in turbulent mobs? No—no, your lean, hungry men who are continually worrying society, and setting the whole community by the ears.
—Washington Irving (1783–1859) American Essayist, Biographer, Historian
Regimen is better than physic. Every one should be his own physician.—We should assist, not force nature.—Eat with moderation what you know by experience agrees with your constitution.—Nothing is good for the body but what we can digest.—What can procure digestion?—Exercise.—What will recruit strength?—Sleep.—What will alleviate incurable evils?—Patience.
—Voltaire (1694–1778) French Philosopher, Author
History is apt to judge harshly those who sacrifice tomorrow for today.
—Harold Macmillan (1894–1986) British Head of State
The biggest seller is cookbooks and the second is diet books – how not to eat what you’ve just learned how to cook.
—Andy Rooney (b.1919) American Writer, Humorist, TV Personality
They whose sole bliss is eating can give but that one brutish reason why they live.
—Juvenal (c.60–c.136 CE) Roman Poet
Dieters live life in the fasting lane.
Inside some of us is a thin person struggling to get out, but they can usually be sedated with a few pieces of chocolate cake.
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
When the stomach is full, it is easy to talk of fasting.
—Jerome (347–420) Greek Priest, Apologist, Saint
Probably nothing in the world arouses more false hopes than the first four hours of a diet.
—Samuel Beckett (1906–1989) Irish Novelist, Playwright
Praise is the best diet for us, after all.
—Sydney Smith (1771–1845) English Clergyman, Essayist, Wit
The first thing you lose on a diet is your sense of humor.
Tell me what you like and I’ll tell you what you are.
—John Ruskin (1819–1900) English Writer, Art Critic
One should eat to live, not live to eat.
—Moliere (1622–73) French Playwright
We should keep strict vigil on the already controlled senses so that they do not get an opportunity to raise their ugly heads. Pure diet is of great help in this regard i.e. in controlling sensual desires and anger
—The Vedas Sacred Books of Hinduism
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst, for they are sticking to their diets.
A diet is the penalty we pay for exceeding the feed limit.
Bigger snacks mean bigger slacks.
I am on a seafood diet. I see food and I eat it.
The art of dining is no slight art, he pleasure not a slight pleasure.
—Michel de Montaigne (1533–92) French Essayist
At the end of every diet, he path curves back to the trough.
—Mason Cooley (1927–2002) American Aphorist
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
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
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
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
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
Forget about calories – everything makes thin people thinner, and fat people fatter.
—Mignon McLaughlin (1913–83) American Journalist, Author
Thou seest I have more flesh than another man, and therefore more frailty.
—William Shakespeare (1564–1616) British Playwright
Don’t go out of your weigh to please anyone but yourself.
Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels.
I find no sweeter fat than sticks to my own bones.
—Walt Whitman (1819–92) American Poet, Essayist, Journalist, American, Poet, Essayist, Journalist
If you have formed the habit of checking on every new diet that comes along, you will find that, mercifully, they all blur together, leaving you with only one definite piece of information: french-fried potatoes are out.
—Jean Kerr (1922–2003) Irish-American Author, Playwright