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God sends meat, and the Devil sends cooks.

Meat is the flesh of an animal which is eaten. Often the use of the term is limited to the flesh of mammals.


Organized alphabetically by author.

  • At even ye shall eat flesh, and in the morning ye shall be filled with bread; and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God
  • Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh
  • Some hae meat and canna eat,
    And some would eat that want it;
    But we hae meat, and we can eat,
    And sae the Lord be thankit.
  • God sends meat, and the Devil sends cooks.
  • I have always eaten animal flesh with a somewhat guilty conscience.
  • Outdid the meat, outdid the frolic wine.
Where's the beef?
  • When mighty roast beef was the Englishman's food
    It ennobled our hearts and enriched our blood—
    Our soldiers were brave and our courtiers were good.
    Oh! the roast beef of England,
    And Old England's roast beef.
    • Henry Fielding, "The Roast Beef of Old England", in Grub Street Opera, Act III, scene 2. Claimed for R. Leveridge.
  • I didn't squawk about the steak, dear. I merely said I didn't see that old horse that used to be tethered outside here.
    • W. C. Fields, to a waitress, in Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941).
  • A tale without love is like beef without mustard: insipid.
    • Anatole France, La Révolte des Anges (The Revolt of the Angels), ch. 8 (1914).
  • Who lives longer? the man who takes heroin for two years and dies, or a man who lives on roast beef, water and potatoes 'till 95? One passes his 24 months in eternity. All the years of the beefeater are lived only in time.
    • Aldous Huxley in Kevin A. Fabiano, ed., The Shortcut: 20 Stories To Get You From Here To There (2006), p. 179.
  • Not eating meat is a decision, eating meat is an instinct.
  • I wouldn't touch a hot dog unless you put a condom on it! You realize that the job of a hot dog is to use parts of the animal that the Chinese can't figure out how to make into a belt?
    • Bill Maher, Bill Maher: I'm Swiss (2005), timecode 1:11:10.
  • Meat is murder.
    • Original author unknown; slogan used by certain animal rights groups, reported in Maureen Duffy, Men and Beasts: An Animal Rights Handbook‎ (1984), p. 142, as having been painted on the wall of a Surrey, England butcher shop by ALF activists on April 4, 1983.
If we're not supposed to eat animals, how come they're made out of meat?
  • We used to have a lot of fun. We never had any problems. We always ate. The fact that we didn't have steak? Who had steak?
    • Jesse Owens in Tony Gentry, Jesse Owens, Champion Athlete (1990).
  • If you don't eat your meat, you can't have any pudding! How can you have any pudding if you don't eat your meat!
  • No, I won't condemn anyone for putting ketchup on a hot dog. This is the land of the free. And if someone wants to put ketchup on a hot dog and actually eat the awful thing, that is their right.
    It is also their right to put mayo or chocolate syrup or toenail clippings or cat hair on a hot dog.
    Sure, it would be disgusting and perverted, and they would be shaming themselves and their loved ones. But under our system of government, it is their right to be barbarians.
  • A king is a thing men have made for their own sakes, for quietness' sake. Just as in a family one man is appointed to buy the meat.
  • O! beware, my lord, of jealousy;
    It is the green-ey'd monster which doth mock
    The meat it feeds on.
  • It may indeed be doubted, whether butcher's meat is any where a necessary of life. Grain and other vegetables, with the help of milk, cheese, and butter, or oil, where butter is not to be had, it is known from experience, can, without any butcher's meat, afford the most plentiful, the most wholesome, the most nourishing, and the most invigorating diet.
    • Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations (1776), book V, ch. II, part II, Appendix to Articles I and II.
  • A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral.
    • Leo Tolstoy, Writings on Civil Disobedience and Nonviolence (1886).
  • God sendeth and giveth both mouth and the meat.
  • This dish of meat is too good for any but anglers, or very honest men.
  • In all the round world of Utopia there is no meat. There used to be. But now we cannot stand the thought of slaughter-houses. And, in a population that is all educated, and at about the same level of physical refinement, it is practically impossible to find anyone who will hew a dead ox or pig. We never settled the hygienic question of meat-eating at all. This other aspect decided us. I can still remember, as a boy, the rejoicings over the closing of the last slaughter-house.

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