Hunger

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Hunger is a sensation caused by insufficient food.

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  • The slippers of the mortal Earth, Now touched the chest of the Moon. Oh, It is shameful that the misery of hunger is still continuing as it was in the past.
  • What makes bitter things sweet? Hunger.
    • Alcuin in R Lacey and D Danziger, The Year 1000, Little, Brown and Co,GB, 1999, p. 57
  • You cannot create reforms with hungry people. Some 75% of the Iranian people's demands are economic... and only 5% cultural and political.
  • Do you wish to honor the Body of the Savior? Do not despise it when it is naked. Do not honor it in church with silk vestments while outside it is naked and numb with cold. He who said, “This is my body,” and made it so by his word, is the same that said, “You saw me hungry and you gave me no food. As you did it not to the least of these, you did it not to me.” Honor him then by sharing your property with the poor. For what God needs is not golden chalices but golden souls.
  • When scolded for masturbating in public, he said "I wish it were as easy to banish hunger by rubbing my belly."
    • Diogenes of Sinope quoted by Diogenes Laërtius, vi. 46, 69
    • Variant: If only it were as easy to banish hunger by rubbing the belly as it is to masturbate.
      • As quoted in Encarta Book of Quotations (2000) edited by Bill Swainson, p. 274
  • When He broke the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, “Come.” I looked, and behold, a black horse; and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard something like a voice in the center of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; but do not damage the oil and the wine.”
  • It was a warm day and he had a long way to go. He hadn't gone more than half-way when a sort of funny feeling began to creep all over him. It began at the tip of his nose and trickled all through him and out at the soles of his feet. It was just as if somebody inside him were saying "Now then, Pooh, time for a little something".
  • Their anger in darkness turning, unreleased, unspoken, it's mouth a red wound, its eyes hungry...hungry for the moon.
  • It's simply a national acknowledgement that in any kind of priority, the needs of human beings must come first. Poverty is here and now. Hunger is here and now. Racial tension is here and now. Pollution is here and now. These are the things that scream for a response. And if we don't listen to that scream - and if we don't respond to it - we may well wind up sitting amidst our own rubble, looking for the truck that hit us - or the bomb that pulverized us. Get the license number of whatever it was that destroyed the dream. And I think we will find that the vehicle was registered in our own name.
    • Rod Serling, Commencement Address at the University of Southern California; March 17, 1970

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 381-82.
  • Hunger is sharper than the sword.
  • Bone and Skin, two millers thin,
    Would starve us all, or near it;
    But be it known to Skin and Bone
    That Flesh and Blood can't bear it.
  • It is difficult to speak to the belly, because it has no ears.
    • Cato the Censor, when the Romans demanded corn. See Plutarch's Life of Cato the Censor.
  • La mejor salsa del mundo es la hambre.
  • Enough is as good as a feast.
    • George Chapman, Eastward Ho!, Act III, scene 2. Written by Chapman, Jonson, Marston.
  • Socratem audio dicentem, cibi condimentum esse famem, potionis sitim.
    • I hear Socrates saying that the best seasoning for food is hunger; for drink, thirst.
    • Cicero, De Finibus Bonorum et Malorum, II. 28.
  • Oliver Twist has asked for more.
  • A fishmonger's wife may feed of a conger; but a serving-man's wife may starve for hunger.
    • Health to the Gentlemanly Profession of Servingmen (1598).
  • They that die by famine die by inches.
  • Græculus esuriens in cœlum, jusseris, ibit.
    • Bid the hungry Greek go to heaven, he will go.
    • Juvenal, Satires, III. 78.
  • Magister artis ingeniique largitor venter.
    • The belly is the teacher of art and the bestower of genius.
    • Persius, Satires, Prologue. X.
  • Famem fuisse suspicor matrem mihi.
    • I suspect that hunger was my mother.
    • Plautus, Stichus, Act II. 1. 1.
  • Obliged by hunger and request of friends.
    • Alexander Pope, Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot, Prologue to the Satires, line 44.
  • La ventre affamé n'point d'oreilles.
    • Hungry bellies have no ears.
    • François Rabelais, Pantagruel (1532), Book III, Chapter XV.
  • Nec rationem patitur, nec æquitate mitigatur nec ulla prece flectitur, populus esuriens.
    • A hungry people listens not to reason, nor cares for justice, nor is bent by any prayers.
    • Seneca the Younger, De Brevitate Vitæ, XVIII.
  • They said they were an-hungry; sigh'd forth proverbs,
    That hunger broke stone walls, that dogs must eat,
    That meat was made for mouths, that the gods sent not
    Corn for the rich men only: with these shreds
    They vented their complainings.
  • Cruel as death, and hungry as the grave.
  • Malesuada fames.
    • Hunger that persuades to evil.
    • Virgil, Æneid (29-19 BC), VI. 276.

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