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Our collection of 51 Good Food Quotes will either have you heading to the refrigerator or laughing. Some might call this a win-win.
Someone once famously said that “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” Food can truly move hearts, win you friends and make amends in relationships where other things may not work. More things have been said about food in history than almost anything else – except maybe love. You don’t have to be an avid foodie to think of food. Delicious foods have to power to influence anyone and everyone.
Here are some good food quotes you can share with your friends and family or find interesting yourself.
Food is not about impressing people. It’s about making them feel comfortable.
There is no love sincerer than the love of food.
George Bernard Shaw
One should eat to live, not live to eat.
Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate.
Alan D. Wolfelt
There is one thing more exasperating than a wife who can cook and won’t, and that’s a wife who can’t cook and will.
Laughter is brightest where food is best.
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He who receives his friends and gives no personal attention to the meal which is being prepared for them, is not worthy of having friends.
The gentle art of gastronomy is a friendly one. It hurdles the language barrier, makes friends among civilized people, and warms the heart.
And do as adversaries do in law, strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends.
I grew up playing music and enjoying good food, friends and family in my own backyard.
It is a true saying that a man must eat a peck of salt with his friend before he knows him.
Miguel de Cervantes
I’m just someone who likes cooking and for whom sharing food is a form of expression.
Perfect happiness would be knowing that all my family and friends were happy and safe. Good food and dancing would be nice, too, and weekly visits from those safe and happy family and friends. Plus world peace.
When the waitress asked if I wanted my pizza cut into four or eight slices, I said, ‘Four. I don’t think I can eat eight.’
All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.
Charles M. Schulz
There is no “WE” in food.
My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished two bags of M&M’s and a chocolate cake. I feel better already.
How do I like my eggs? In a cake.
I always cook with wine. Sometimes I even add it to the food.
I love you like a fat kid loves cake!
The trouble with eating Italian food is that, five or six days later, you’re hungry again.
Never eat more than you can lift.
Miss Piggy (Jim Henson)
I would like to find a stew that will give me heartburn immediately, instead of at three o’clock in the morning.
Red meat is not bad for you. Now, blue-green meat—that’s bad for you!
Vegetarians are cowards. They just kill things that can’t move.
Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart.
Snack time heals all wounds.
My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people.
Mayonnaise. One of the sauces that serve the French in place of a state religion.
Without ice cream, there would be darkness and chaos.
Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.
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The wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings. Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.
You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.
The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.
Over weeks and months …you will get addicted to the awesome taste of healthy food…and start wondering why you never did it earlier!
The Fitness Doc
Healthy people are those who live in healthy homes on a healthy diet; in an environment equally fit for birth, growth work, healing, and dying.
Those who think they have no time for healthy eating, will sooner or later have to find time for illness.
The healthy man is the thin man. But you don’t need to go hungry for it: Remove the flours, starches and sugars; that’s all.
Samael Aun Weor
Proper nutrition is one of the most fundamental things on which anyone’s healthy and happy life can be based.
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Nothing is better than going home to family and eating good food and relaxing.
One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.
After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.
You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food.
My best hostess tip is to have good food and really good music!
This evidence is overwhelming at this point. You eat more plants, you eat less other stuff, you live longer.
Sex is good, but not as good as fresh, sweet corn.
I am a better person when I have less on my plate.
Your diet is a bank account. Good food choices are good investments.
I feel that good food should be a right and not a privilege, and it needs to be without pesticides and herbicides. And everybody deserves this food. And that’s not elitist.
I get way too much happiness from good food.
Patience is the secret to good food.
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Some people have a foolish way of not minding, or pretending not to mind, what they eat. For my part, I mind my belly very studiously, and very carefully; for I look upon it, that he who does not mind his belly will hardly mind anything else. ~Samuel Johnson
Real food is the stuff that fuels real life! ~Kristina Turner, SelfHealingCookbook.com
The best General Rule for Diet that I can write, is to Eat and Drink only of such Foods—at such times,—and in such quantities—as Experience has convinced you, agree with your Constitution—and absolutely to avoid all other. ~William Kitchiner (1775–1827), "Art of Invigorating Life," The Art of Invigorating and Prolonging Life, by Food, Clothes, Air, Exercise, Wine, Sleep, &c. and Peptic Precepts, Pointing Out Agreeable and Effectual Methods to Prevent and Relieve Indigestion, and to Regulate and Strengthen the Action of the Stomach and Bowels, c.1821
Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity. ~Voltaire
One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating. ~Luciano Pavarotti and William Wright, Pavarotti, My Own Story
Take time enough for your meals, and eat them in company whenever you can. There is no need for hurry in life—least of all when we are eating. ~Edward Everett Hale, "How to Get the Best of It," c.1892
The scientific truth may be put quite briefly; eat moderately, having an ordinary mixed diet, and don't worry. ~Robert Hutchison, 1932
To avoid sickness eat less; to prolong life worry less. ~Chu Hui Weng
Eat little, sleep sound. ~Iranian proverb
As a child my family's menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it. ~Buddy Hackett
Edible, adj.: Good to eat, and wholesome to digest, as a worm to a toad, a toad to a snake, a snake to a pig, a pig to a man, and a man to a worm. ~Ambrose Bierce
The spirit cannot endure the body when overfed, but, if underfed, the body cannot endure the spirit. ~St Frances de Sales
All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast. ~John Gunther
Never work before breakfast; if you have to work before breakfast, eat your breakfast first. ~Josh Billings
Come, come! Let us go to breakfast. The morning air has given me a rude appetite. I long to say grace over a fresh egg... ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Hyperion, A Romance, "The Evening and the Morning Star," 1839
No man in the world has more courage than the man who can stop after eating one peanut. ~Channing Pollock
Anybody who believes that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach flunked geography. ~Robert Byrne
Food is an important part of a balanced diet. ~Fran Lebowitz, Metropolitan Life, "Food for Thought and Vice Versa"
I eat merely to put food out of my mind. ~N.F. Simpson
Dyspepsia is the remorse of a guilty stomach. ~A. Kerr
Sleep 'til you're hungry, eat 'til you're sleepy. ~Author unknown
Preserve and treat food as you would your body, remembering that in time food will be your body. ~B.W. Richardson
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Looking for inspiration from some Korean proverbs? You’ve come to the right place!
Ancestors have passed down their wisdom in Korea for centuries through their traditional Korean proverbs and sayings. Not only do they contain wisdom, but it’s a fun way to get immersed in Korean culture as well.
We like to call these sayings and proverbs “Sagely Sayings,” and today we’ve rounded them all up into one place!
Here, you’ll find some useful Korean proverbs and sayings that you’ll be able to make use of in your everyday life. Below each, we’ve outlined examples of situations you could use them in – and as you’ll see, these explanations are more necessary for some than others!
We also put 20 famous proverbs from this list and their explanations in a downloadable PDF that you can take on the go:
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In cases where there is a similar expression in English, you’ll see that we’ve translated it into its Western equivalent. The literal translations are also included so you can also use them as a study tool.
We also give the proverbs in the 한글 (Hangeul), the Korean alphabet. It’s best to know how to read the Korean alphabet before diving into phrases like these. It’s super easy to learn, so give it a try!
Now sit back, take a deep breath, and get ready to be enlightened!
Meaning: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
Literal Translation: Glasses in my eyes
When to use it: Have a friend that sees someone they think is attractive, but you don’t agree? See beauty in something/someone that is not traditionally attractive and others can’t see it? Use this phrase to suggest that the glasses we see with are all different.
Meaning: Kill 2 birds with 1 stone
Literal Translation: If you eat a pheasant, you also eat the egg
When to use it: Use this to describe a situation where you do one action and receive two benefits at the same time. For example, let’s say you have to clean the outside of your house. While cleaning, you also find money on the ground. You got two benefits (clean house and money) from one action.
Meaning: Rome wasn’t built in a day
Literal Translation: Rome wasn’t made in one morning
When to use it: Like in English, this is used to remind someone that you cannot expect to do important tasks really quickly, and that quality work takes time.
Meaning: What looks good tastes good
Literal Translation: Good looking ddeok (rice cake) tastes good
When to use it: When you see something that looks good, it likely will be of good quality. That’s because someone put the effort into it to make it have a good appearance. For example, if a chef makes a dish looks delicious, it will be delicious.
Meaning: Misery loves company
Literal Translation: A widower knows a widow’s sorrow
When to use it: To express the idea that people who are unhappy like to express their emotions to others or are comforted by the unhappiness of others, like a student who gets detention who tries to get others in trouble so they don’t need to serve it alone!
Meaning: The walls have ears
Literal Translation: Birds hear the words spoken in the day, and mice hear the words spoken at night
When to use it: If you know someone who spreads rumors or talks poorly of others, you should step in and say this Korean proverb.
Meaning: Out of sight, out of mind
Literal Translation: If it becomes distant from your eyes, it also becomes distant from your mind (heart)
When to use it: To express the idea that when someone or something cannot be seen, it is easy to forget them or forget about that thing. It could be used to describe a couple who is having troubles in a long distance relationship.
Meaning: You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink
Literal Translation: You can lead a horse and go to a stream but you can’t make it drink water through its own will
When to use it: To express the idea that you can make it easy for someone to do something, but you can’t force them to do it. It may be used by two mothers who are talking about their sons and how they can’t get them to do homework.
Meaning: Two heads are better than one
Literal Translation: If you lift together, it’s better – even if it’s a sheet of paper
When to use it: To express the idea that it is always best to work together on a task, no matter how easy it may seem. For example, a Korean student could use this expression when they meet a study partner.
Meaning: There is always a way out
Literal Translation: If you are hard up for something, it will open up
When to use it: In Korean, it is often used to explain motivations for coming up with an innovative solution to a problem, like a man who starts selling his paintings on the street after he loses his job and replaces his income.
Meaning: Where there’s a will, there’s a way
Literal Translation: In the place there is a will, there is a way
When to use it: It is used to describe situations where one is determined and finds a way to achieve their aims, even if they are difficult. It could be used in a speech or to describe a situation where someone needs to be encouraged to take on a great feat.
Meaning: There is no use in crying over spilt milk
Literal Translation: It is spilt water
When to use it: The water is already spilt, so there is no use in making a big deal about it. There is nothing you can do about it.
Meaning: It is like a blind man describing an elephant
Literal Translation: It is like a blind man touching an elephant.
When to use it: If a blind man is touching an elephant, he likely can’t describe how large it is just by touching it. Use this if someone is acting like an expert, but that person only knows a small amount about the subject.
Meaning: Don’t rain on someone’s parade
Literal Translation: Don’t spread ashes on cooked rice
When to use it: Use it to command someone not to spoil another’s plans or ruin a moment, like delivering bad news at a wedding.
Meaning: Laughter is the best medicine
Literal Translation: Laughter is the best healer
When to use it: You can use it to suggest to someone that trying to be happy or thinking happy thoughts will help you overcome worry or depression. For example, you could suggest this Korean proverb to a friend after they break up with their boyfriend.
Meaning: To make trouble and then give help
Literal Translation: Give a disease then give medicine
When to use it: This Korean proverb is used someone helps after causing trouble. You could use this in the case where someone gives an insult, then kind words after. For example, ‘your style isn’t great, but I love your personality.’ Or, someone says insulting words to you, but then offers to buy you lunch.
Meaning: A piece of cake
Literal Translation: Eat ddeok while lying down
When to use it: This is a a great Korean proverb to use to express how easy something is. For example, imagine your best friend is a chef and he makes you dinner. You say it’s delicious, and he says ‘누워서 떡 먹기야’, meaning it was as easy to cool as ‘lying down and eating ddeok’.
Meaning: Genius shows itself from an early age
Literal Translation: You can know a promising tree from when it’s a baby tree
When to use it: Use this Korean proverb to describe a person with a bright future from an early age. It can be applied to a smart child who you think will grow up to be a brilliant adult. Or, say it about a child who is great at basketball, and you think will be a basketball star later in life.
Meaning: Birds of a feather flock together
Literal Translation: The crayfish sides with the crab
When to use it: Since a crayfish and a crab have many similar traits, this saying implies that they would side with each other. Use it in describe the how those who are similar in character, appearance or background tend to stick together.
Meaning: Even a monkey sometimes falls from the tree
Literal Translation: There is a time when even a monkey falls from a tree
When to use it: Use this expression to suggest thateven experts sometimes make mistakes. Monkeys are great climbers, but sometimes fall. If a friend is really beating themself up over a mistake, use this to suggest that mistakes happen.
Meaning: The parish priest forgets that he was once a parish clerk
Literal Translation: The frog can’t remember the times when he was a tadpole
When to use it: There may be times when a professional or experienced person thinks highly of him or herself. He or she can’t relate to beginners, even though that’s where he or she started.
Imagine that you’re a great dancer, and you keep bragging to your best friend who is a novice. Then your mom enters the room and says the Korean proverb ‘개구리 올챙이 적 생각도 못 한다’ about you.
Meaning: The new replaces the old
Literal Translation: A rolling stone extracts a stone that is embedded.
When to use it: Let’s say that you’re the manager for your team at work, but you’re doing mediocre work at your job. A newcomer joins your team, does a great job, and soon becomes the new manager. The president of the company then pops in and says this Korean proverb about the rolling stone.
Meaning: Better to ask the way than to go astray
Literal Translation: Ask first then go, even if it’s a road you know
When to use it: This is great for situations when someone should be careful and work hard on a task, regardless of the significance of the task. Let’s say your brother is taking the Japanese proficiency test, and knows Japanese really well. He is confident, so thinks he doesn’t have to study. Use ‘아는 길도 물어가라’ to motivate him to properly prepare and insure success!
Meaning: Clothes make the man
Literal Translation: Clothes are your wings
When to use it: Use this proverb to emphasize the importance of dressing well. If you find yourself in a situation where you need to say ‘dress well’, remember this Korean proverb!
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Meaning: A pie in the sky
Literal Translation: A picture of ddeok (rice cake)
When to use it: Imagine that you’re heading to the department store while you’re reading these Korean proverbs. Your friend spots an amazing bag, and she wants to buy it. It’s 8x her monthly salary, so she can’t afford to buy it. You chime in with ‘그림의 떡이야’.
Meaning: One good turn deserves another
Literal Translation: If going words are beautiful, coming words will be beautiful
When to use it: Use this this Korean proverb to encourage people to talk nicely about others. For example, if your friend is talking poorly about another friend, you can say ‘가는 말이 고와야오는 말이 곱다’. If your friend talks nicely about others, then good things will come back his or her way!
Meaning: Bad timing
Literal Translation: Going day is the fair day
When to use it: Imagine you go to your favorite brunch restaurant with your family. As you approach the door, there is a sign on the door that says ‘Closed for Children’s Day’. In that case, you can say this Korean proverb: ‘가는 날이 장날’.
Meaning: It’s often difficult to see what is right in front of you
Literal Translation: The bottom of the lamp is dark
When to use it: This is a great Korean proverb to talk about things that you overlook. An example would be if you are criticizing your neighbor for not shoveling the snow off of his doorstep, but your doorstep needs shoveling as well.
Meaning: Don’t try to teach a fish how to swim
Literal Translation: Write hanja in front of Confucius
When to use it: You can say this proverb to someone who is so arrogant that he or she is trying to teach an expert how to do something. For example, this would be good to say if someone was trying to teach 김연아 how to ice skate. ‘공자 앞에서 문자 쓴다!’
Meaning: You automatically learn what you expose yourself to
Literal Translation: A school dog recites a poem after three years
Meaning: Don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched
Literal Translation: Don’t drink the kimchi soup first
When to use it: Let’s say your friend is buying a new car, and she is deciding between a standard car and a more expensive car. If she is counting on a raise at work in order to pay for the more expensive car, you can use this Korean proverb.
The meaning is that you should wait until what you expect to happen, actually happens. Kimchi soup is eaten after food to improve digestion. Therefore, you should wait for your main meal to come before eating the soup!
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The next best thing to eating food, is talking about it. And we've all done our fair share of that -- us food editors especially. But there are some people who love food so much, who think about food in just the right way, that they articulate what we've always felt but haven't been able to eloquently put into words. Those people -- like M.F.K. Fisher and Julia Child -- are heroes, not only for the good work they've done, but for the great quotes they have left behind.
Check out our favorite food quotes and share yours in the comments below.
“If you're afraid of butter, use cream." -Julia Child
“First we eat, then we do everything else.” -M.F.K. Fisher
"Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first." -Ernestine Ulmer
"Age and glasses of wine should never be counted." -Unknown
"In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is strength, in water there is bacteria." -David Auerbach
"Wine and cheese are ageless companions, like aspirin and aches, or June and moon, or good people and noble ventures." -M.F.K. Fisher
"You don't need a silver fork to eat good food." -Paul Prudhomme
“I have made a lot of mistakes falling in love, and regretted most of them, but never the potatoes that went with them." -Nora Ephron
"The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook." -Julia Child
"I cook with wine. Sometimes I even add it to the food." -W.C. Fields
"We all eat, and it would be a sad waste of opportunity to eat badly." -Anna Thomas
"A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand." -Barbara Johnson
"People who love to eat are always the best people. - Julia Child"
"My doctor told me I had to stop throwing intimate dinners for four unless there are three other people." -Orson Welles
"The secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside." -Mark Twain
“It's difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato." -Lewis Grizzard
"There is no sincerer love than the love of food." -George Bernard Shaw
"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well." -Virginia Woolf
"If you really want to make a friend, go to someone's house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart." -Cesar Chavez
"My weaknesses have always been food and men -- in that order." - Dolly Parton
“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world." -J.R.R. Tolkien
"Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all." -Harriet van Horne
“He was a bold man that first ate an oyster." - Jonathan Swift
“Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate.” -Alan D. Wolfelt
"Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread and pumpkin pie." -Jim Davis
"All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast."
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