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“Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are god. Whereas owners of cats are .

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.

Quotes about Food

Food is not about impressing people. It’s about making them feel comfortable.
Ina Garten

There is no love sincerer than the love of food.
George Bernard Shaw

One should eat to live, not live to eat.
Benjamin Franklin

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.
Robert Frost

Laughter is brightest where food is best.
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Food and Friends Sayings

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.
Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

The gentle art of gastronomy is a friendly one. It hurdles the language barrier, makes friends among civilized people, and warms the heart.
Samuel Chamberlain

And do as adversaries do in law, strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends.
William Shakespeare

I grew up playing music and enjoying good food, friends and family in my own backyard.
Rodney Atkins

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.
Maya Angelou

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.
Suzanne Weyn

Funny Food Quotes

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.’
Yogi Berra

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.
Dave Barry

How do I like my eggs? In a cake.

I always cook with wine. Sometimes I even add it to the food.
W.C. Fields

I love you like a fat kid loves cake!
Scott Adams

The trouble with eating Italian food is that, five or six days later, you’re hungry again.
George Miller


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.
John Barrymore

Red meat is not bad for you. Now, blue-green meat—that’s bad for you!
Tom Smothers

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.
Erma Bombeck

Snack time heals all wounds.
Bridger Winegar

My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people.
Orson Welles

Mayonnaise. One of the sauces that serve the French in place of a state religion.
Ambrose Bierce

Without ice cream, there would be darkness and chaos.
Don Kardong

Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.
Mark Twain

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Healthy Food

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.
Julia Child

The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.
Thomas Edison

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.
Ivan Illich

Those who think they have no time for healthy eating, will sooner or later have to find time for illness.
Edward Stanley

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.
Sahara Sanders

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Good Food Quotes and Sayings

Nothing is better than going home to family and eating good food and relaxing.
Irina Shayk

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.
Virginia Woolf

After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.
Oscar Wilde

You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food.
Paul Prudhomme

My best hostess tip is to have good food and really good music!
Jennifer Aniston

This evidence is overwhelming at this point. You eat more plants, you eat less other stuff, you live longer.
Mark Bittman

Sex is good, but not as good as fresh, sweet corn.
Garrison Keillor

I am a better person when I have less on my plate.
Elizabeth Gilbert

Your diet is a bank account. Good food choices are good investments.
Bethenny Frankel

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.
Alice Waters

I get way too much happiness from good food.
Elizabeth Olsen

Patience is the secret to good food.
Gail Simmons


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Welcome to my page of quotations about eating, hunger, appetite, meals, nutrition, drinking, gluttony, &c. For quotes about specific foods, see the Food and Desserts pages. See also: Dieting, Health, Body, and Fasting. Bon mot appétit! —tεᖇᖇ¡·g

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,

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

They are sick that surfeit with too much, as they that starve with nothing. ~William Shakespeare

      When you are in a melancholy fit, first suspect the body... a little bit of gristle sticking in the wrong place, an untimely consumption of custard, excessive gooseberries, often cover the mind with clouds and bring on the most distressing views of human life.
      I start up at two o'clock in the morning, after my first sleep, in an agony of terror, and feel all the weight of life upon my soul.... But stop, thou child of sorrow... and tell me on what you dined. Was not there soup and salmon, and then a plate of beef, and then duck, blanc-mange, cream cheese, diluted with beer, claret, champagne, hock, tea, coffee, and noyeau? And after all this, you talk of the mind and the evils of life! These kind of cases do not need meditation, but magnesia.
      ~Sydney Smith, "A Little Moral Advice: A Fragment on the Cultivation and Improvement of the Animal Spirits"

Against diseases here the strongest fence
Is the defensive vertue, abstinence.
~Robert Herrick, "Abstinence"

Humans live on one-quarter of what they eat; on the other three-quarters lives their doctor. ~Author Unknown

I tell you honestly what I think is the cause of the complicated maladies of the human race: it is their gormandizing and stuffing, and stimulating their digestive organs to an excess, thereby producing nervous disorders and irritation. ~John Abernethy (1764–1831)

Food-addiction, or food-drunkenness, is an old story in Hygienic literature. This is the first mention I have seen of it in "regular" medical literature. I fear to hope that its recognition spells progress. ~Herbert M. Shelton, Getting Well

The most of what a glutton eats goes to create a desire for more. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882

Although they can be very healthy I believe the current focus on gluten-free lifestyles is a little misplaced. I see an awful lot of people who would benefit much more from a glutton-free lifestyle. ~Wordplay genius and all-around great guy, Tim Irwin, 2012

The path to obesity is so tasty. ~John Hubbard

Clogged with yesterday's excess, the body drags the mind down with it. ~Horace

The belly rules the mind. ~Spanish proverb

We are all dietetic sinners; only a small percent of what we eat nourishes us; the balance goes to waste and loss of energy. ~William Osler

I tell you honestly what I think is the cause of the complicated maladies of the human race: it is their gormandizing and stuffing, and stimulating their digestive organs to an excess, thereby producing nervous disorders and irritation. ~John Abernethy (1764–1831)

Gluttony is the parent of disease. ~Proverbs by William Hardcastle Browne, 1900

Gluttony is an emotional escape, a sign something is eating us. ~Peter De Vries

Thou shouldst eat to live, not live to eat. ~Cicero, Rhetoricorum LV

We never repent of having eaten too little. ~Thomas Jefferson, 1825

If hunger is not the problem, then eating is not the solution. ~Author Unknown

Do vegetarians eat animal crackers? ~Author unknown

Great eaters and great sleepers are incapable of anything else that is great. ~Henry IV of France

People who love to eat are always the best people. ~Julia Child

An empty belly is the best cook. ~Estonian proverb

[D]iet — ...Here will generally be the hardest tug of all. Everybody loves good living; and the ingenuity of modern cookery has created so many dishes to satisfy that love, that few will, at first, be willing to apply that stern check on their appetites which is necessary. It needs to be stated, however, with entire candor, that whoso wants a fine physique, continued through middle age, and carried on to old age, must fulfil this part of the conditions, or the rest will be of no avail. ~Mose Velsor (Walt Whitman), "Manly Health and Training," New York Atlas, 1858 December 26th

So many of the pleasures of life are illusory, but a good dinner is a reality... ~Joseph Chamberlain (1836–1914)

But if eating was the primordial cause of our distress, it has also been the universal cure. From mother's breast to sacred rites our physical, emotional, and spiritual stress is answered with food. For as we have seen, it is through eating that we are reunited with nature. What we lost by eating we attempt to regain by eating.... Overweight people almost invariably are addicted to food as a cure for stress. Food is their magic elixir, their pacifier in a world where coping has become increasingly difficult. As one tragically obese girl told me, "Food is my best friend and my worst enemy..." ~Edward J. Dumke, The Serpent Beguiled Me And I Ate: A Heavenly Diet for Saints and Sinners, 1986

What is patriotism but the love of the food one ate as a child? ~Lin Yutang

We plan, we toil, we suffer — in the hope of what? A camel-load of idol's eyes? The title deeds of Radio City? The empire of Asia? A trip to the moon? No, no, no, no. Simply to wake just in time to smell coffee and bacon and eggs. ~J.B. Priestly

Hunger is the best sauce in the world. ~Cervantes

Oh, the tiger will love you. There is no love sincerer than the love of food. I think Ann loves you that way: she patted your cheek as if it were a nicely under-done chop. ~G. Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman: A Comedy and a Philosophy, 1903 (Tanner)

He who distinguishes the true savor of his food can never be a glutton; he who does not cannot be otherwise. ~Henry David Thoreau

We load up on oat bran in the morning so we'll live forever. Then we spend the rest of the day living like there's no tomorrow. ~Lee Iacocca

The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison. ~Ann Wigmore

Among those subjects which immediately relate to health, there is no one more important, or less regarded by individuals, than their aliment.... Nature intended that man should subsist upon the variety of bounties with which she has so liberally replenished the earth, and constituted his system in a manner suitable to partake, almost indiscriminately, of whatever is agreeable to his palate; and the injurious effects of many articles of diet are to be attributed, not so much to their peculiar nature, as to the refinements of cookery.... The gout was once a stranger in New England, but the luxury of modern days is preparing the way for a train of constitutional irregularities, which future generations can only regret, while they suffer its inflictions. To live long, live simply.... If plain animal food were taken but once a day, and men would substitute for the various ragouts, with which modern tables are so abundantly furnished, wholesome vegetables and pure water, or a weak fermented beverage... we should see health walking in the paths that are now crowded with the bloated victims of voluptuous appetite. ~"Food," The Medical Adviser, and Guide to Health and Long Life, edited by Alex. Burnett, M.D., 1824 July 24th

And I find chopsticks frankly distressing. Am I alone in thinking it odd that a people ingenious enough to invent paper, gunpowder, kites and any number of other useful objects, and who have a noble history extending back 3,000 years haven't yet worked out that a pair of knitting needles is no way to capture food? ~Bill Bryson

When I'm at a Chinese restaurant having a hard time with chopsticks, I always hope that there's a Chinese kid at an American restaurant somewhere who's struggling mightily with a fork. ~Rick Budinich

It is a hard matter, my fellow citizens, to argue with the belly, since it has no ears. ~Plutarch

Every time you eat or drink, you are either feeding disease or fighting it. ~Heather Morgan

Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside. ~Author unknown

Cutting stalks at noontime. Perspiration drips to the earth. Know you that your bowl of rice each grain from hardship comes? ~Chang Chan-Pao

Chronic disease is a foodborne illness. We ate our way into this mess, and we must eat our way out. ~Mark Hyman, M.D. (b.1959)

When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need. ~Ayurvedic proverb

Great food is like great sex. The more you have the more you want. ~Gael Greene

We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink... ~Epicurus

He who eats alone chokes alone. ~Proverb

After dinner sit a while, and after supper walk a mile. ~English saying

Good food is wise medicine. ~Alison Levitt M.D., Doctor in the Kitchen®,

When the belly is full, it says to the head, "Sing, fellow!" ~Arabian proverb

When the stomach is full the heart is glad. ~Dutch proverb

Tell me what you eat, I'll tell you who you are. ~Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

The more you eat, the less flavor; the less you eat, the more flavor. ~Chinese proverb

The whole of nature, as has been said, is a conjugation of the verb to eat, in the active and in the passive. ~William Ralph Inge

Govern well thy appetite, lest Sin
Surprise thee, and her black attendant, Death.
~John Milton

In general, mankind, since the improvement in cookery, eats twice as much as nature requires. ~Benjamin Franklin

Courage, cheerfulness, and a desire to work depends mostly on good nutrition. ~Jacob Moleschott

The body becomes what the foods are, as the spirit becomes what the thoughts are. ~Kemetic saying

15% gym, 85% diet. Abs are made in the kitchen, not the workout room. ~Author unknown

Everyone should be his own physician. We ought to assist and not force nature. Eat with moderation what agrees with your constitution. Nothing is good for the body but what we can digest. What medicine can produce digestion? Exercise. What will recruit strength? Sleep. What will alleviate incurable ills? Patience. ~Voltaire

Food for thought is no substitute for the real thing. ~Walt Kelly

To be always considering "what we should eat, and what we should drink, and wherewithal we should be clothed," in order to avoid the approach of disease, is the most likely means of provoking its attack. A man who is continually feeling his pulse, is never likely to have a good one. If he swallow his food from the same motive as he does his physic, it will neither be enjoyed nor digested so well as if he ate in obedience to the dictates of an uncalculating appetite. The hypochondriac who is in the habit of weighing his meals, will generally find that they lay heavy on his stomach. If he take a walk or ride, with no other view than to pick up health, he will seldom meet it on the road. ~John Reid, M.D., "Occupation," c.1818

I refuse to spend my life worrying about what I eat. There is no pleasure worth forgoing just for an extra three years in the geriatric ward. ~John Mortimer

He that eats till he is sick must fast till he is well. ~English proverb

Your body is a temple, not a drive-through. ~Author unknown

Unquiet meals make ill digestions. ~William Shakespeare

There is no woman's sides
Can bide the beating of so strong a passion
As love doth give my heart; no woman's heart
So big, to hold so much; they lack retention
Alas, their love may be call'd appetite,
No motion of the liver, but the palate,
That suffer surfeit, cloyment and revolt;
But mine is all as hungry as the sea,
And can digest as much: make no compare
Between that love a woman can bear me
And that I owe Olivia.
~William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night [II, 4, Orsino]

[T]he only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd druther not. ~Mark Twain

Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food. ~Hippocrates

Plain food is quite good enough for me. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Mindful eating is eating with intention while paying attention. ~Kati Konersman

The time indeed is at hand when systematic lectures on food will be part of medical education, when the value of feeding in disease is admitted to be as important as the administration of medicines. ~John Milner Fothergill

All people are made alike -
of bones and flesh and dinner -
Only the dinners are different.
~Gertrude Louise Cheney

Whatsoever was the father of a disease, an ill diet was the mother. ~George Herbert

Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what's for lunch. ~Orson Welles

Just listen to your body, eat in silence and see what feels good and you will spontaneously choose the foods that are beneficial to you. ~Deepak Chopra

I'll bet what motivated the British to colonize so much of the world is that they were just looking for a decent meal. ~Martha Harrison

As a rule, we go about with masks, we go about looking honest, and we are able to conceal ourselves all through the day. But when the time comes that man has had his dinner, then the true man comes to the surface. ~Mark Twain, 1902

A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in the will's freedom after it. ~Aldous Huxley

      How good one feels when one is full—how satisfied with ourselves and with the world! People who have tried it, tell me that a clear conscience makes you very happy and contended; but a full stomach does the business quite as well, and is cheaper, and more easily obtained. One feels so forgiving and generous after a substantial and well-digested meal—so noble-minded, so kindly-hearted.
      It is very strange, this domination of our intellect by our digestive organs. We cannot work, we cannot think, unless our stomach wills so. It dictates to us our emotions, our passions. After eggs and bacon, it says, "Work!" After beefsteak and porter, it says, "Sleep!"....
      After hot muffins, it says, "Be dull and soulless, like a beast of the field—a brainless animal, with listless eye, unlit by any ray of fancy, or of hope, or fear, or love, or life." And after brandy, taken in sufficient quantity, it says, "Now, come, fool, grin and tumble, that your fellow-men may laugh—drivel in folly, and splutter in senseless sounds, and show what a helpless ninny is poor man whose wit and will are drowned..."
      We are but the veriest, sorriest slaves of our stomach. ~Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog), 1889

Life goes faster on protein. ~Martin H. Fischer

      Modern taste and ingenuity have contrived... hundreds of solid and liquid stimulants, artificial tastes, condiments — and these, in some of their various forms are partaken by all. By him who is determined to place his vigor and health above par, from his mouth and stomach, these must be rigidly excluded. Simple and hearty food, and no condiments, must be his motto. This too is the continual lesson of nature....
      In America, a great deal of the indigestion that prevails, is the result (we cannot too often recur to this,) of a cause we have elsewhere alluded to, excessive mental action. Those who think much, or whose business cares return upon the mind, and are brooded over and over, are often, perhaps generally, the very men whose habit it is to eat copiously of rich viands, perhaps at the hotel table, and to deluge the stomach with liquids. How can any one bear up under such inflictions, when the same person is probably the one who, week and week, and year after year, takes no systematic exercise, and does not know even what the training for health means? ~Mose Velsor (Walt Whitman), "Manly Health and Training," New York Atlas, 1858 September 26th

Gluttony is not a secret vice. ~Orson Welles

It is so hard to resist any kind of food. My willpower is just gone, and the food wins. And then I feel guilty later. It is the same cycle, over and over. ~Angel, My 600-lb Life [Season 3, 2015]

I'm a sugarholic. Sugar is my drug of choice.... I feel like I have a hole in my soul, and I'm trying to fill it up with sugar. ~Zsalynn Whitworth, pre-weight-loss, at age 42, My 600-lb Life [Season 2, 2014], to Dr. Younan Nowzaradan

Sugar is sneaky, seductive, sentimental, and passionate. And sugar is everywhere. ~Kristina Turner, The Self-Healing Cookbook, 2002, originally published 1987

Great restaurants are, of course, nothing but mouth-brothels. There is no point in going to them if one intends to keep one's belt buckled. ~Frederic Raphael

My soul is dark with stormy riot,
Directly traceable to diet.
~Samuel Hoffenstein

If only it was as easy to banish hunger by rubbing the belly as it is to masturbate. ~Diogenes the Cynic

Hunger: One of the few cravings that cannot be appeased with another solution. ~Irwin Van Grove

The temperature of our food is an exceedingly important consideration. We are accustomed to take it too warm, forgetful of the fact, that artificial heat destroys the muscular tone of the stomach, vitiates its secretions and its physical powers, and induces painful and dangerous diseases of the liver. Let us take, then, another hint from the children of nature, who subsist on aliment of a temperature no higher than that of their own bodies, and who are generally hardy and long-lived... ~"Food," The Medical Adviser, and Guide to Health and Long Life, edited by Alex. Burnett, M.D., 1824 July 24th  #rawfood

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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!

Korean Proverbs

1. Korean Proverb: 제 눈에 안경이다 

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.

2. Korean Proverb: 꿩 먹고 알 먹는다 

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.


3. Korean Proverb: 로마는 하루아침에 이루어진 것이 아니다 

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.

4. Korean Proverb: 보기 좋은 떡이 먹기도 좋다 

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.


5. Korean Proverb: 과부 설움은 홀아비가 안다 

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!

6. Korean Proverb: 낮말은 새가 듣고 밤말은 쥐가 듣는다

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.


7. Korean Proverb: 눈에서 멀어지면, 마음에서도 멀어진다

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.

8. Korean Proverb: 말을 냇가에 끌고 갈 수는 있어도 억지로 물을 먹일 수는 없다

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. 

9. Korean Proverb: 백지장도 맞들면 낫다

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.


10. Korean Proverb: 궁하면 통한다

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.

11. Korean Proverb: 뜻이 있는 곳에 길이 있다

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.

12. Korean Proverb: 엎질러진 물이다

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.


13. Korean Proverb: 장님이 코끼리 만지는 격이다

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.


14. Korean Proverb: 다 된 밥에 재 뿌리지 마라

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.

15. Korean Proverb: 웃음은 최고의 명약이다

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.

16. Korean Proverb: 병 주고 약 준다

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.


17. Korean Proverb: 누워서 떡 먹기 

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’.


18. Korean Proverb: 될성부른 나무는 떡잎부터 알아본다

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.


19. Korean Proverb: 가재는 게 편이라

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.

20. Korean Proverb: 원숭이도 나무에서 떨어질 때가 있다

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.


21. Korean Proverb: 개구리 올챙이 적 생각도 못 한다

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.


22. Korean Proverb: 굴러온 돌이 박힌 돌 빼낸다

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.


23. Korean Proverb: 아는 길도 물어가라

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!

24. Korean Proverb: 옷이 날개다

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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25. Korean Proverb: 그림의 떡

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’.


26. Korean Proverb: 가는 말이 고와야오는 말이 곱다

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!


27. Korean Proverb: 가는 날이 장날

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’.


28. Korean Proverb: 등잔 밑이 어둡다

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.


29. Korean Proverb: 공자 앞에서 문자 쓴다

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!’


30. Korean Proverb: 서당 개 삼 년이면 풍월을 읊는다

Meaning: You automatically learn what you expose yourself to

Literal Translation: A school dog recites a poem after three years


31. Korean Proverb: 김치국부터 마시지 말라

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!


32. Korean Proverb: 개천에서 용 난다

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Sicilian Proverbs and Sayings

wise sayings about food

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."
-John Gunther

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