Quotes and Sayings about Hunger



"The most violent appetites in all creatures are lust and hunger; the first is a perpetual call upon them to propagate their kind, the latter to preserve themselves."
- Joseph Addison
(Related: First, Hunger, Lust)

"Proletarian language is dictated by hunger. The poor chew words to fill their bellies."
- Theodor Adorno
(Related: Hunger, Language, Poor, Words)

"The rich swell up with pride, the poor from hunger."
- Sholom Aleichem
(Related: Hunger, Poor, Pride)

"Hunger knows no friend but its feeder."
- Aristophanes
(Related: Friend, Hunger)

"At the end of Requiem all I wanted to do was get a DV camera and just do a small film. But then the hunger comes back."
- Darren Aronofsky
(Related: End, Film, Hunger)

"I've always thought of the project as a sort of sexually driven digestive system, that it was a consumer and a producer of matter. And it is desire driven, rather than driven by hunger or anything like that."
- Matthew Barney
(Related: Thought, Desire, Hunger, Project)

"There's a hunger and a fervor that I have, but there's no person I'm going to push to the side to get where I'm going. I want to create my own road."
- Drew Barrymore
(Related: Hunger, Road, Want)

"Many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head, and knows not that it brings abundance to drive away the hunger."
- Saint Basil
(Related: Abundance, Hunger, Man, Rain)

"O, once in each man's life, at least, Good luck knocks at his door; And wit to seize the flitting guest Need never hunger more. But while the loitering idler waits Good luck beside his fire, The bold heart storms at fortune's gates, And conquers its desire."
- Lewis J. Bates
(Related: Life, Heart, Desire, Fire, Fortune, Guest, Hunger, Luck, Man, Storms, Wit)

"Viewed narrowly, all life is universal hunger and an expression of energy associated with it."
- Mary Ritter Beard
(Related: Life, Energy, Expression, Hunger)

"Hunger and sex still dominate the primitive mammalian side of human existence, but at the present time it looks as if humanity were within sight of their satisfaction. Permanent plenty, no longer a Utopian dream, awaits the arrival of permanent peace."
- John Desmond Bernal
(Related: Peace, Time, Sex, Dream, Existence, Humanity, Hunger, Present, Satisfaction, Sight)

"By showing hunger, deprivation, starvation and brutality, as well as endurance and nobility, documentaries inform, prod our memories, even stir us to action. Such films do battle for our very soul."
- Theodore Bikel
(Related: Soul, Action, Battle, Endurance, Hunger, Memories, Nobility, Starvation)

"The forgotten world is made up primarily of the developing nations, where most of the people, comprising more than fifty percent of the total world population, live in poverty, with hunger as a constant companion and fear of famine a continual menace."
- Norman Borlaug
(Related: People, Fear, Famine, Hunger, Nations, Population, Poverty, World)

"One of the things I want to do that's outside the realm of acting and the arts - although both have their place in this - is ending childhood hunger here in America."
- Jeff Bridges
(Related: Acting, America, Childhood, Ending, Hunger, Want)

"Wanting something is not enough. You must hunger for it. Your motivation must be absolutely compelling in order to overcome the obstacles that will invariably come your way."
- Les Brown
(Related: Motivation, Hunger, Obstacles, Order, Will)

"If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams."
- Les Brown
(Related: Dreams, Hunger, Responsibility, Will)

"The dual scourge of hunger and malnutrition will be truly vanquished not only when granaries are full, but also when people's basic health needs are met and women are given their rightful role in societies."
- Gro Harlem Brundtland
(Related: Health, Women, People, Hunger, Needs, Will)

"An important lever for sustained action in tackling poverty and reducing hunger is money."
- Gro Harlem Brundtland
(Related: Money, Action, Hunger, Poverty)

"Hunger makes a thief of any man."
- Pearl S. Buck
(Related: Hunger, Man)

"I like, though, that people have a hunger to connect with other people. They're desperate to know that you're not lying to them or misleading them."
- Augusten Burroughs
(Related: People, Hunger, Lying, Misleading)

"Compassion is a call, a demand of nature, to relieve the unhappy as hunger is a natural call for food."
- Joseph Butler
(Related: Food, Nature, Compassion, Hunger)

"More than 820 million people in the world suffer from hunger; and 790 million of them live in the Third World."
- Fidel Castro
(Related: People, Hunger, World)

"For a man to attain to an eminent degree in learning costs him time, watching, hunger, nakedness, dizziness in the head, weakness in the stomach, and other inconveniences."
- Miguel de Cervantes
(Related: Time, Hunger, Learning, Man, Weakness)

"I think I'd like to be able to heal people's pain, whether it is hunger, loneliness or whatever."
- Brandi Chastain
(Related: People, Hunger, Loneliness, Pain)

"Physical hunger and physical poverty is something I could only imagine. I've been poor when I was in China... As kids we never had to starve, but just didn't have enough meat, enough rice."
- Joan Chen
(Related: Hunger, Kids, Poor, Poverty)

"A fast is not a hunger strike. Fasting submits to God's commands. A hunger strike makes God submit to our demands."
- Edwin Louis Cole
(Related: God, Hunger)

"A boy's appetite grows very fast, and in a few moments the queer, empty feeling had become hunger, and the hunger grew bigger and bigger, until soon he was as ravenous as a bear."
- Carlo Collodi
(Related: Appetite, Feeling, Hunger, Moments)

"People who are incapable of having any kind of intimate relationship have to turn to feeling this incredible hunger and void, have to turn to some quantifiable external product to make them feel whole."
- Jennifer Connelly
(Related: People, Feeling, Hunger)

"I really connect with those moments of doing missionary work down there and just seeing the people that are dying from disease and hunger and malnutrition."
- Deborah Cox
(Related: Work, People, Disease, Dying, Hunger, Moments)

"My hunger and desperation, being an actor, an out of work actor - my memory of that is as fresh as an open wound."
- Griffin Dunne
(Related: Work, Actor, Being, Desperation, Hunger, Memory, Open)

"The only remedy against hunger is reasonable birth control."
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
(Related: Control, Birth control, Hunger)

"How can you defy fear? Fear is a human instinct, just like hunger. Whether you like it or not, you become hungry. Similarly with fear. But I have learned to train myself to live with this fear."
- Shirin Ebadi
(Related: Fear, Hunger, Instinct)

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed."
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
(Related: Hunger, Sense, Theft)

"It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them."
- George Eliot
(Related: Hunger, Longing, Wishing)

"'Hunger' definitely changed my life, in terms of being recognized by filmmakers, since that was very much a filmmakers' film."
- Michael Fassbender
(Related: Life, Being, Film)

"Hunger is the best pickle."
- Benjamin Franklin
(Related: Hunger)

"I saw few die of hunger; of eating, a hundred thousand."
- Benjamin Franklin
(Related: Eating, Hunger)

"I offer neither pay, nor quarters, nor food; I offer only hunger, thirst, forced marches, battles and death. Let him who loves his country with his heart, and not merely with his lips, follow me."
- Giuseppe Garibaldi
(Related: Death, Food, Heart, Country, Hunger)

"Truth isn't always beauty, but the hunger for it is."
- Nadine Gordimer
(Related: Beauty, Truth, Hunger)

"When you share your last crust of bread with a beggar, you mustn't behave as if you were throwing a bone to a dog. You must give humbly, and thank him for allowing you to have a part in his hunger."
- Giovanni Guareschi
(Related: Hunger)

"Yesterday in this country we had people die of hunger and malnutrition. In some parts of this country, the infant mortality rate rivals that of sub-Saharan Africa. We have a public education system that ranks below that of almost any other Western nation."
- Alcee Hastings
(Related: Education, People, Country, Hunger, Mortality, Nation, Public, Yesterday)

"Communism possesses a language which every people can understand - its elements are hunger, envy, and death."
- Heinrich Heine
(Related: Death, People, Communism, Envy, Hunger, Language)

"God is day and night, winter and summer, war and peace, surfeit and hunger."
- Heraclitus
(Related: War, Peace, God, Day, Hunger, Night, Summer, Winter)

"God is waiting eagerly to respond with new strength to each little act of self-control, small disciplines of prayer, feeble searching after him. And his children shall be filled if they will only hunger and thirst after what he offers."
- Richard Holloway
(Related: God, Strength, Act, Children, Hunger, Prayer, Self, Waiting, Will)

"Hunger is insolent, and will be fed."
- Homer
(Related: Hunger, Will)

"The three great problems of this century; the degradation of man in the proletariat, the subjection of women through hunger, the atrophy of the child by darkness."
- Victor Hugo
(Related: Women, Darkness, Hunger, Man, Problems)

"Our country also hungers for leadership to ensure the long-term survival of our Social Security system. With 70 million baby boomers in this country on the verge of retirement, we need to take action to shore up the system."
- Kay Bailey Hutchison
(Related: Leadership, Action, Survival, Baby, Country, Retirement, Security)

"Uncontrolled, the hunger and thirst after God may become an obstacle, cutting off the soul from what it desires. If a man would travel far along the mystic road, he must learn to desire God intensely but in stillness, passively and yet with all his heart and mind and strength."
- Aldous Huxley
(Related: Travel, God, Soul, Heart, Strength, Desire, Hunger, Man, May, Mind, Road)

"A healthful hunger for a great idea is the beauty and blessedness of life."
- Jean Ingelow
(Related: Beauty, Life, Idea, Hunger)

"During the day I force myself to at least eat some salads rather than rubbish, and a steak in the evening. In fact, I eat to basically satisfy my hunger. I hardly have the time to appreciate a meal, and I'm everything, but a gourmet."
- Milla Jovovich
(Related: Time, Day, Evening, Fact, Force, Hunger)

"There are 38,000 people dying of hunger each day and most are children. And, being a celebrity, I communicate about it as much as I can."
- Raul Julia
(Related: People, Being, Celebrity, Children, Day, Dying, Hunger)

"That hunger of the flesh, that longing for ease, that terror of incarceration, that insistence on tribal honour being obeyed: all of that exists, and it exists everywhere."
- Ben Kingsley
(Related: Being, Hunger, Longing, Terror)

"Hunger also changes the world - when eating can't be a habit, then neither can seeing."
- Maxine Hong Kingston
(Related: Habit, Eating, Hunger, World)

"I am dying of hunger."
- Klaus Kinski
(Related: Dying, Hunger)

"I am your fairy tale. Your dream. Your wishes and desires, and I am your thirst and your hunger and your food and your drink."
- Klaus Kinski
(Related: Food, Dream, Hunger, Wishes)

"Hundreds of millions of human beings on our planet increasingly suffer from unemployment, poverty, hunger, and the destruction of their families."
- Hans Kung
(Related: Destruction, Hunger, Poverty, Unemployment)

"Take the feeling of hunger out of your gut, and you're no longer a champion."
- Burt Lancaster
(Related: Feeling, Hunger)

"Faith is not a notion, but a real strong essential hunger, an attracting or magnetic desire of Christ, which as it proceeds from a seed of the divine nature in us, so it attracts and unites with its like."
- William Law
(Related: Faith, Nature, Christ, Desire, Hunger)

"I couldn't be happier about being a part of 'Hunger Games' and to play Katniss. I have a huge responsibility to the fans of this incredible book and I don't take it lightly. I will give everything I have to these movies and to this role to make it worthy of Suzanne Collins' masterpiece."
- Jennifer Lawrence
(Related: Movies, Being, Fans, Games, Play, Responsibility, Will)

"If people should ever start to do only what is necessary millions would die of hunger."
- Georg C. Lichtenberg
(Related: People, Hunger)

"I see the kids and I feel like taking them all away to a safe place to hide until the war stops and the hunger stops and El Cua becomes strong enough to give them the care they deserve."
- Ben Linder
(Related: War, Care, Hunger, Kids)

"I shall give you hunger, and pain, and sleepless nights. Also beauty, and satisfactions known to few, and glimpses of the heavenly life. None of these you shall have continually, and of their coming and going you shall not be foretold."
- Howard Lindsay
(Related: Beauty, Life, Hunger, Pain)

"If we expose the Chinese to our freedoms, it may create a greater hunger for democracy, reform and liberties in China."
- Gary Locke
(Related: Democracy, Hunger, May, Reform)

"Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. There is really nothing to be said about it. It is like the perfume of a rose: you can smell it and that is all."
- W. Somerset Maugham
(Related: Beauty, Ecstasy, Hunger, Nothing)

"Too much youth, hunger, mission, and talent."
- Larry Merchant
(Related: Talent, Hunger, Mission, Youth)

"We have a hunger of the mind which asks for knowledge of all around us, and the more we gain, the more is our desire; the more we see, the more we are capable of seeing."
- Maria Mitchell
(Related: Knowledge, Desire, Gain, Hunger, Mind)

"It is the lash of hunger which compels the poor man to submit. In order to live he must sell - 'voluntarily' sell - himself every day and hour to the 'beast of property.'"
- Johann Most
(Related: Day, Hunger, Man, Order, Poor, Property)

"When it comes to having a central nervous system, and the ability to feel pain, hunger, and thirst, a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy."
- Ingrid Newkirk
(Related: Ability, Hunger, Pain)

"Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception."
- George Orwell
(Related: Power, Hunger, Nationalism, Self)

"Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good."
- Joe Paterno
(Related: Success, Honor, Hunger, Taste, Will)

"I would like to end world hunger and create world peace, stop corruption, stop drugs getting to kids."
- Kelly Preston
(Related: Peace, Corruption, Drugs, End, Hunger, Kids, World)

"Hunger for gold is made greater as more gold is acquired."
- Aurelius Clemens Prudentius
(Related: Gold, Hunger)

"There is a lot of talk now about metal detectors and gun control. Both are good things. But they are no more a solution than forks and spoons are a solution to world hunger."
- Anna Quindlen
(Related: Control, Hunger, Now, Solution, Talk, World)

"From the gut comes the strut, and where hunger reigns, strength abstains."
- Francois Rabelais
(Related: Strength, Hunger)

"It is impossible for a lover of cats to banish these alert, gentle, and discriminating friends, who give us just enough of their regard and complaisance to make us hunger for more."
- Agnes Repplier
(Related: Cats, Friends, Hunger)

"Dick Gregory was a great comedian who went and got arrested, did hunger strikes, protests. It never hurt his career to be outspoken."
- Joe Rogan
(Related: Career, Hunger, Hurt)

"What made me fall in love with acting, which is my life, was watching other people perform. It made me hunger to do that."
- Elisabeth Rohm
(Related: Love, Life, People, Acting, Hunger)

"If there were no poetry on any day in the world, poetry would be invented that day. For there would be an intolerable hunger."
- Muriel Rukeyser
(Related: Poetry, Day, Hunger, World)

"Understandably, no peace can sustained when people continue to suffer from hunger, lack of jobs, lack of basic public services - and most of all - lack of opportunity or hope."
- Mikhail Saakashvili
(Related: Peace, People, Opportunity, Hope, Hunger, Jobs, Public)

"The hunger for facile wisdom is the root of all false philosophy."
- George Santayana
(Related: Wisdom, Hunger, Philosophy)

"Hunger and fear are the only realities in dog life: an empty stomach makes a fierce dog."
- Robert Falcon Scott
(Related: Fear, Hunger)

"Our nation's anti-hunger programs need to be strengthened."
- Jose Serrano
(Related: Nation)

"After months of want and hunger, we suddenly found ourselves able to have meals fit for the gods, and with appetites the gods might have envied."
- Ernest Shackleton
(Related: Gods, Hunger, Months, Want)

"Some cats, Iggy Pop, they're going to always have that hunger."
- Nikki Sixx
(Related: Cats, Hunger)

"Pain and fear and hunger are effects of causes which can be foreseen and known: but sorrow is a debt which someone else makes for us."
- Freya Stark
(Related: Fear, Causes, Debt, Hunger, Pain, Sorrow)

"Where does discontent start? You are warm enough, but you shiver. You are fed, yet hunger gnaws you. You have been loved, but your yearning wanders in new fields. And to prod all these there's time, the Bastard Time."
- John Steinbeck
(Related: Time, Discontent, Hunger, Yearning)

"Music is a lady that I still love because she gives me the air that I breathe. We need all sorts of nourishment. And music satisfies and nourishes the hunger within ourselves for connection and harmony."
- Cat Stevens
(Related: Love, Music, Connection, Lady, Harmony, Hunger)

"There is a spiritual hunger in the world today - and it cannot be satisfied by better cars on longer credit terms."
- Adlai E. Stevenson
(Related: Credit, Hunger, Spiritual, Today, World)

"Poor nations are hungry, and rich nations are proud; and pride and hunger will ever be at variance."
- Jonathan Swift
(Related: Hunger, Nations, Poor, Pride, Will)

"I don't think Fox News or Rush Limbaugh need Clinton it turns out. I think there's a hunger out there for - whether it's on the left or right - a more lively and provocative type of political journalism. I think Salon and Fox on the other side have both benefited from that."
- David Talbot
(Related: Hunger, Journalism, News, Provocative, Right)

"I hate losing and cricket being my first love, once I enter the ground it's a different zone altogether and that hunger for winning is always there."
- Sachin Tendulkar
(Related: Love, Winning, Being, Cricket, First, First love, Hate, Hunger, Losing, Zone)

"Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat."
- Mother Teresa
(Related: Being, Hunger, Nothing, Poverty)

"The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread."
- Mother Teresa
(Related: Love, Hunger)

"Yet there's a hunger in me still. I'm like only beginning. I feel like I still have so much to learn."
- Charlize Theron
(Related: Beginning, Hunger)

"The ever increasing spiritual damage caused by life within the big city will make this hunger practically uncontrollable when we build here on this the landscape of our homeland we must be clear that we will protect its beauty."
- Fritz Todt
(Related: Beauty, Life, Hunger, Spiritual, Will)

"I have known the fruits of strikes. The bitter and the sweet. Hunger and music."
- Merle Travis
(Related: Music, Hunger)

"Make hunger thy sauce, as a medicine for health."
- Thomas Tusser
(Related: Health, Hunger, Medicine)

"This hunger for profits causes great misery for the people."
- Walter Ulbricht
(Related: People, Causes, Hunger, Misery)

"O accursed hunger of gold, to what dost thou not compel human hearts!"
- Virgil
(Related: Gold, Hunger)

"It is an eternal obligation toward the human being not to let him suffer from hunger when one has a chance of coming to his assistance."
- Simone Weil
(Related: Being, Chance, Hunger, Obligation)

"The Church exists to connect people at the level of their hunger for a new world."
- Rowan D. Williams
(Related: People, Church, Hunger, World)

"The fact that logic cannot satisfy us awakens an almost insatiable hunger for the irrational."
- A. N. Wilson
(Related: Fact, Hunger, Logic)

"A few regular troops from old France, weakened by hunger and sickness, who, when fresh, were unable to withstand the British soldiers, are their general's chief dependence."
- James Wolfe
(Related: Dependence, France, Hunger, Old, Sickness, Soldiers, Troops)

"When we learn new behaviors and break through to higher levels of consciousness and love, we can fulfill the deeper spiritual hunger within."
- Judith Wright
(Related: Love, Consciousness, Hunger, Spiritual)

"The impulse to dream was slowly beaten out of me by experience. Now it surged up again and I hungered for books, new ways of looking and seeing."
- Richard Wright
(Related: Experience, Dream, Books, Now)

"I would hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo, and if an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight, to create a sense of hunger for life that gnaws in us all."
- Richard Wright
(Related: Life, Darkness, Echo, Fight, Hunger, March, Sense, Words)

"Hunger, revenge, to sleep are petty foes, But only death the jealous eyes can close."
- William Wycherley
(Related: Death, Eyes, Hunger, Revenge, Sleep)

"I was teaching in one of the universities while the country was suffering from a severe famine. People were dying of hunger, and I felt very helpless. As an economist, I had no tool in my tool box to fix that kind of situation."
- Muhammad Yunus
(Related: People, Country, Dying, Famine, Hunger, Suffering, Teaching)