There is such a thing as food and such a thing as poison. But the damage done by those who pass off poison as food is far less than that done by those who generation after generation convince people that food is poison.
(Paul Goodman (1911-1972), U.S. author, poet, critic. "Ireland, Spring 1958," sct. 2, Five Years (1966).)
Virtue, like wholesome food, is better than poisons, however corrected.
(David Hume (1711-1776), Scottish philosopher. "Of Refinement in the Arts," part II, essay II, p. 279, Essays Moral, Political, and Literary, ed. Eugene F. Miller, revised edition, Indianapolis, Liberty Fund, Inc. (1987).)
On the Continent people have good food; in England people have good table manners.
(George Mikes (1912-1987), Hungarian-born British humorist. How To Be An Alien, ch. 1, sct. 1 (1946).
Commenting in 1977 on his oft-quoted remark above; "Since then, food in England has improved, table manners have deteriorated. In those days food was hardly ever discussed, it was taboo, like sex." (How To Be Decadent).)