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.
  • 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.
  • Man should possess an infinite appetite for life. It should be self-evident to him, all the time, that life is superb, glorious, endlessly rich, infinitely desirable. At present, because he is in a midway position between the brute and the truly human, he is always getting bored, depressed, weary of life. He has become so top-heavy with civilisation that he cannot contact the springs of pure vitality. Control of the prefrontal cortex will change all of this. He will cease to cast nostalgic glances towards the womb, for he will realise that death is no escape. Man is a creature of life and the daylight; his destiny lies in total objectivity.
    • Colin Wilson in The Philosopher's Stone, p. 317-318 (1969)

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical QuotationsEdit

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.
  • I find no abhorring in my appetite.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Young children and chickens would ever be eating.

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