Starvation Quotes

Quotes tagged as "starvation" (showing 1-30 of 98)
Richard Dawkins
“The total amount of suffering per year in the natural world is beyond all decent contemplation. During the minute that it takes me to compose this sentence, thousands of animals are being eaten alive, many others are running for their lives, whimpering with fear, others are slowly being devoured from within by rasping parasites, thousands of all kinds are dying of starvation, thirst, and disease. It must be so. If there ever is a time of plenty, this very fact will automatically lead to an increase in the population until the natural state of starvation and misery is restored. In a universe of electrons and selfish genes, blind physical forces and genetic replication, some people are going to get hurt, other people are going to get lucky, and you won't find any rhyme or reason in it, nor any justice. The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but pitiless indifference.”
Richard Dawkins, River Out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life

“Desire is the kind of thing that
eats you
leaves you starving.”
Nayyirah Waheed

Criss Jami
“Feel what it's like to truly starve, and I guarantee that you'll forever think twice before wasting food.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

T.H. White
“It has to be admitted that starving nations never seem to be quite so starving that they cannot afford to have far more expensive armaments than anybody else.”
T.H. White, The Once and Future King

Ron Rash
“She realized that being starved for words was the same as being starved for food, because both left a hollow place inside you, a place you needed filled to make it through another day. Rachel remembered how growing up she’d thought living on a farm with just a father was as lonely as you could be. (130)”
Ron Rash, Serena

Criss Jami
“The challenge of abating one with a genuine ego problem is to not try to put him down. Any and all antagonization, in his mind, is merely compensated for by his own descriptions: his feelings of persecution by the envious and his ideals of worth. Arguably, the genuine ego is more of a circumstantial defense mechanism rather than a steady arrogance in need of starvation.”
Criss Jami, Diotima, Battery, Electric Personality

Marshall Sahlins
“One-third to one-half of humanity are said to go to bed hungry every night. In the Old Stone Age the fraction must have been much smaller. This is the era of hunger unprecedented. Now, in the time of the greatest technical power, is starvation an institution. Reverse another venerable formula: the amount of hunger increases relatively and absolutely with the evolution of culture.”
Marshall Sahlins, Stone Age Economics

Ramez Naam
“The world has a very serious problem, my friend' Shiva went on. 'Poor children still die by their millions. Westerners and the global rich -- like me -- live in post-scarcity society, while a billion people struggle to get enough to eat. And we're pushing the planet towards a tipping point, where the corals die and the forests burn and life becomes much, much harder. We have the resources to solve those problems, even now, but politics and economics and nationalism all get in the way. If we could access all those minds, though...”
Ramez Naam, Crux

Laura Miller
“Fire will burn any human body it touches, and starvation will waste it, but stories are not so predictable in their effects.”
Laura Miller, The Magician's Book: A Skeptic's Adventures in Narnia

Upton Sinclair
“In the evening I came home and read about the Messina earthquake, and how the relief ships arrived, and the wretched survivors crowded down to the water's edge and tore each other like wild beasts in their rage of hunger. The paper set forth, in horrified language, that some of them had been seventy-two hours without food. I, as I read, had also been seventy-two hours without food; and the difference was simply that they thought they were starving.”
Upton Sinclair, The Fasting Cure

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Most human beings strongly believe that money is way less important than the life of a human being, but in reality five hundred, fifty, or even five dollars are way more important to the lives of most human beings than the lives of most human beings.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“I died last night. Seventy years too young.”
Colin Thompson

Yevgeny Zamyatin
“Tipsy, they tumbled early into bed - to get as much sleep as they could. So they would feel less hunger. The summer catch had been poor; there wasn't much food. They ate with care and looked sideways at the old: the old were gluttons, everybody knew it, and what was the good of feeding them? It wouldn't harm them to starve a little.
The hungry dogs howled. The women rinsed the children's bellies with hot water three times a day, so they wouldn't cry so much for food. The old starved silently. ("The North")”
Yevgeny Zamyatin, The Dragon: Fifteen Stories

Christopher Hitchens
“North Korea is a famine state. In the fields, you can see people picking up loose grains of rice and kernels of corn, gleaning every scrap. They look pinched and exhausted. In the few, dingy restaurants in the city, and even in the few modern hotels, you can read the Pyongyang Times through the soup, or the tea, or the coffee. Morsels of inexplicable fat or gristle are served as 'duck.' One evening I gave in and tried a bowl of dog stew, which at least tasted hearty and spicy—they wouldn't tell me the breed—but then found my appetite crucially diminished by the realization that I hadn't seen a domestic animal, not even the merest cat, in the whole time I was there.”
Christopher Hitchens, Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“We, in the interest of the so-called progress, have been persuaded to leave the production and at times the cooking of our food to companies whose owners and employees make a living by exploiting our busyness or laziness and our innate hunger to continue living.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Use and Misuse of Children

“Some of the common occurrences of injustice are the presence of poverty, starvation, gender inequality, neglected widows and orphans and the injustice towards other vulnerable groups of people.”
Sunday Adelaja, The Mountain of Ignorance

“My father insisted I eat red meat. 'You'll lose your brain without food,' he said. A meal to him without beef was starvation.”
Hannah Lillith Assadi, Sonora

“Find YOUR Balance.”
Kayla Rose Kotecki, DAMN THE DIETS: How To Recover From Restrictive Diets, Neurotic Exercising, Eating Disorders and Body Degrading

“To avoid starvation is the only excuse for working.”
Marty Rubin

“People are dying of starvation and famine.
And you have a MASSERATTI!”
Anthony T. Hincks

Virginia Woolf
“First she starved herself of love, which meant also life; then of poetry in deference to what she thought her religion demanded.”
Virginia Woolf, A Writer's Diary: Being Extracts from the Diary of Virginia Woolf

Steven Magee
“It is a sad state of affairs in the USA that for the sick and the poor that jail offers better benefits than the freedom of no healthcare, bills that cannot be paid and starvation.”
Steven Magee

Steven Magee
“High altitude astronomy is a strange world of oxygen starvation, sleep deprivation and radiation sickness.”
Steven Magee

Jason Medina
“They knew if they remained in the city for much longer, they would be stuck and eventually run out of food. Their only hope of survival was to leave the city and meet up with the others.”
Jason Medina, The Manhattanville Incident: An Undead Novel

“We applaud world leaders...
as they let their people die of starvation.
We applaud world leaders...
as they let gangs of legalized killers dispense justice.
We applaud world leaders...
for letting the majority suffer for the benefit of the few.
We applaud world leaders... for belittling people & their ideas.
We applaud world leaders...
for opening up the environment for the rape & pillage of precious minerals and oils.
We applaud world leaders... so that they can do what ever they want.
We applaud world leaders...
for doing a wonderful job when we know that they haven't.
We applaud world leaders...”
Anthony T. Hincks

“World leaders wouldn't let their families starve, but they would be willing to let yours.”
Anthony T. Hincks

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Every tongue has low standards during starvation.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

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