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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Dinner—Dining
 
  The tocsin of the soul—the dinner bell!
Byron.    
  1
        He fell upon whatever was offer’d, like
A priest, a shark, an alderman, or pike.
Byron.    
  2
            When dinner has oppress’d one,
I think it is perhaps the gloomiest hour
Which turns up out of the sad twenty-four.
Byron.    
  3
        Their various cares in one great point combine
The business of their lives, that is—to dine.
Young.    
  4
                        All human history attests
That happiness for man—the hungry sinner—
Since Eve ate apples, much depends on dinner!
Byron.    
  5
          ’Twas a public feast and public day—
Quite full, right dull, guests hot, and dishes cold,
Great plenty, much formality, small cheer,
And everybody out of their own sphere.
Byron.    
  6
  A good dinner sharpens wit, while it softens the heart.
Doran.    
  7
  Before dinner men meet with great inequality of understanding; and those who are conscious of their inferiority have the modesty not to talk; when they have drunk wine, every man feels himself happy, and loses that modesty, and grows impudent and vociferous; but he is not improved; he is only not sensible of his defects.
Johnson.    
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