Careful Words

meat (n.)

  After meat comes mustard; or, like money to a starving man at sea, when there are no victuals to be bought with it.

Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616): Don Quixote. Part i. Book iii. Chap. viii.

Some hae meat and canna eat,

And some would eat that want it;

But we hae meat, and we can eat,

Sae let the Lord be thankit.

Robert Burns (1759-1796): Grace before Meat.

It is meat and drink to me.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): As You Like It. Act v. Sc. 1.

  Thy head is as full of quarrels as an egg is full of meat.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): Romeo and Juliet. Act iii. Sc. 1.

P.  What riches give us let us then inquire:

Meat, fire, and clothes. B.  What more? P.  Meat, fine clothes, and fire.

Alexander Pope (1688-1744): Moral Essays. Epistle iii. Line 79.

God sendeth and giveth both mouth and the meat.

Thomas Tusser (Circa 1515-1580): Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry.

Are these the choice dishes the Doctor has sent us?

Is this the great poet whose works so content us?

This Goldsmith's fine feast, who has written fine books?

Heaven sends us good meat, but the Devil sends cooks?

David Garrick (1716-1779): Epigram on Goldsmith's Retaliation. Vol. ii. p. 157.

I cannot eat but little meat,

My stomach is not good;

But sure I think that I can drink

With him that wears a hood.

Bishop Still (John) (1543-1607): Gammer Gurton's Needle. Act ii.

  This dish of meat is too good for any but anglers, or very honest men.

Izaak Walton (1593-1683): The Complete Angler. Part i. Chap. 8.

O, beware, my lord, of jealousy!

It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock

The meat it feeds on.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): Othello. Act iii. Sc. 3.

  He made it a part of his religion never to say grace to his meat.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745): Tale of a Tub. Sect. xi.

What's one man's poison, signor,

Is another's meat or drink.

Beaumont And Fletcher: Love's Cure. Act iii. Sc. 2.

Out-did the meat, out-did the frolick wine.

Robert Herrick (1591-1674): Ode for Ben Jonson.

  Strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age.

New Testament: Hebrews v. 14.

Conjure with 'em,—

Brutus will start a spirit as soon as Caesar.

Now, in the names of all the gods at once,

Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed,

That he is grown so great? Age, thou art shamed!

Rome, thou hast lost the breed of noble bloods!

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): Julius Caesar. Act i. Sc. 2.