Appetite is the desire to eat food, felt as hunger. Appetite exists in all higher life-forms, and serves to regulate adequate energy intake to maintain metabolic needs.
- And gazed around them to the left and right
With the prophetic eye of appetite.
- Govern well thy appetite, lest Sin
Surprise thee, and her black attendant Death.
- Epicurean cooks
Sharpen with cloyless sauce his appetite.
- Read o'er this;
And after, this; and then to breakfast, with
What appetite you have.
- Now good digestion wait on appetite,
And health on both!
- Who riseth from a feast
With that keen appetite that he sits down?
- Doth not the appetite alter? A man loves the meat in his youth, that he cannot endure in his age.
- Or cloy the hungry edge of appetite?
- The sweetest honey
Is loathsome in his own deliciousness,
And in the taste confounds the appetite.
- And through the hall there walked to and fro
A jolly yeoman, marshall of the same,
Whose name was Appetite; he did bestow
Both guestes and meate, whenever in they came,
And knew them how to order without blame.
- Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene (1589-96), Book II, Canto IX, Stanza 28.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 36.
- His thirst he slakes at some pure neighboring brook,
Nor seeks for sauce where Appetite stands cook.
- Charles Churchill, Gotham III, line 133.
- I find no abhorring in my appetite.
- John Donne, Devotion.
- L'anima mia gustava di quel cibo,
Che saziando di sè, di sè s'asseta.
- My soul tasted that heavenly food, which gives new appetite while it satiates.
- Dante Alighieri, Purgatorio XXXI, 128.
- Keen appetite
And quick digestion wait on you and yours.
- John Dryden, Cleomenes, Act IV, scene 1.
- My appetite comes to me while eating.
- Michel de Montaigne, Essays, Of Vanity, Book III, Chapter IX. Same saying by Amyot and Jerome.
- Put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.
- Proverbs, XXIII. 2.
- "L'appétit vient en mangeant," disoit Angeston, "mais la soif s'en va en beuvant."
- "Appetite comes with eating," says Angeston, "but thirst departs with drinking."
- François Rabelais, Works, Book I, Chapter V. (Angeston was Jerome le Hangeste, doctor and scholar, who died 1538).
- Wisdom does not show itself so much in precept as in life—a firmness of mind and mastery of appetite.
- Seneca the Younger, Epistles, XX.
- Young children and chickens would ever be eating.
- Thomas Tusser, Points of Huswifery, Supper Matters, V.