20 Food Proverbs to Bring New Meaning to Your Eating


Bringing meaning to the joy of eating.

When the “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” proverb is the only adage in your arsenal of food wisdom, it’s time to bulk up on new things to say. From Ireland to China and the likes of Helen Keller to Ronald Reagan, these 20 quotes will bring even more meaning and joy to the act of eating.

When I am eating I am deaf and dumb.Russia

To eat is human, to digest, divine.Mark Twain

Life is too short to drink bad wine. –France

Whose bread I eat, his song I sing.Germany

Too many cooks spoil the broth.Italy

At the table with good friends and family you do not become old.Italy

If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.Mother Theresa

Fine words do not produce food. –Nigeria

If you are looking for a fly in your food, it means that you are full. –South Africa

Avoid fruits and nuts. You are what you eat.Jim Davis (Garfield)

Who fasts but does no other good saves his bread but goes to hell.Italy

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

He who takes medicine and neglects to diet wastes the skill of his doctors.China

It is easier to halve the potato when there’s love.Ireland

A piece of bread in one’s pocket is better than a feather in one’s hat.Sweden

You can tell a lot about a fellow’s character by his way of eating jelly beans. –Ronald Reagan

Give a man a fish, you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish, and you have fed him for a lifetime.China

The good Lord has changed water into wine, so how can drinking beer be a sin?Belgium

Happiness rarely keeps company with an empty stomach.Helen Keller

Food tastes best when you eat it with your own spoon.Denmark

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Aylin Erman currently resides in Istanbul and is creator of plant-based recipe website GlowKitchen.

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