Henry David Thoreau quote about food from Walden - He who distinguishes the true savor of his food can never be a glutton; he who does not cannot be otherwise.
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He who distinguishes the true savor of his food can never be a glutton; he who does not cannot be otherwise.
 Henry David Thoreau, Walden (1854). copy citation

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Author Henry David Thoreau
Source Walden
Topic food savor gluttony
Date 1854
Language English
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Weblink https://www.gutenberg.org/files/205/205-h/205-h.htm

Context

“I have been thrilled to think that I owed a mental perception to the commonly gross sense of taste, that I have been inspired through the palate, that some berries which I had eaten on a hill-side had fed my genius. «The soul not being mistress of herself,» says Thseng-tseu, «one looks, and one does not see; one listens, and one does not hear; one eats, and one does not know the savor of food.» He who distinguishes the true savor of his food can never be a glutton; he who does not cannot be otherwise. A puritan may go to his brown-bread crust with as gross an appetite as ever an alderman to his turtle. Not that food which entereth into the mouth defileth a man, but the appetite with which it is eaten.” source

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