Starvation Quotes

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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

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

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

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
“That bowl of soup—it was dearer than freedom, dearer than life itself, past, present, and future.”
Alexander Solzhenitsyn, One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich

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

Rory Power
“Some days it’s fine. Others it nearly breaks me. The emptiness of the horizon, and the hunger in my body, and how will we ever survive this if we can’t survive each other?”
Rory Power, Wilder Girls

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

“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

Steven Magee
“A scientist would state that a person is hallucinating due to oxygen starvation to the brain, whereas a spiritual person would say that the oxygen starved brain has connected into the spiritual universe.”
Steven Magee

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Every single day, our governments allow many of those who have never killed even a single plant or animal to starve to death, but feed—more than once—many of those who have each killed many people intentionally.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

William Shakespeare
“Anger's my meat; I sup upon myself,
And so shall starve with feeding.”
William Shakespeare, Coriolanus

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“The soul starves in the excesses of the body.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Vinod Varghese Antony
“Even the birds in the windless sky have dwindled in unacceptable number as starvation allegedly plays a major role in curbing their multitude.”
Vinod Varghese Antony, 30 Days of Introspection

Émile Zola
“It was the usual story of penniless young men, who think themselves obliged by their birth to choose a liberal profession and bury themselves in a sort of vain mediocrity, happy even when they escape starvation, notwithstanding their numerous degrees.”
Zola Emile, Au bonheur des dames

Thomm Quackenbush
“More so than any child I have met, Bear straddled the line of eating nothing and eating everything. He piled a plate with whatever was available, ate three tactical bites to discourage stealing, and ran off to do anything else. When questioned, he would swear he was coming back to finish off the warm macaroni salad and cold hamburger, but he never did. The world was too full of gleeful abandon to pay mind to calories. When his food, now spoiled, ended up in the garbage, he would growl at the rank unfairness of his starvation.”
Thomm Quackenbush, Holidays with Bigfoot

Nancy Rubin Stuart
“The soldiers became desperate. 'We were absolutely, literally starved,' noted Private Joseph Martin in his diary. After four days without food, he gnawed a piece of black birch bark off a stick. Then, 'I saw several of the men roast their old shoes and eat them.”
Nancy Rubin Stuart, Defiant Brides: The Untold Story of Two Revolutionary-Era Women and the Radical Men They Married

Nancy Rubin Stuart
“The soldiers became desperate. 'We were absolutely, literally starved,' noted Private Joseph Martin in his diary. After four days without food, he gnawed a piece of black birch bark off a stick. Then, 'I saw several of the men roast their old shoes and eat them.”
Nancy Rubin Stuart , Defiant Brides: The Untold Story of Two Revolutionary-Era Women and the Radical Men They Married

Steven Magee
“LASER spotters were employed to visually monitor air traffic in the vicinity of the high powered LASER beam. The were typically young students and aged people that would take these temporary very high altitude jobs for some extra money. Some would become irritable as the night progressed. As far as I know, there has never been any long term monitoring of these people for health issues stemming from nighttime industrial LASER exposure or oxygen starvation.”
Steven Magee

Émile Zola
“Nobody even spoke now, for they were all stupified by the accmulation of woes-- granpa coughing and spitting black, with his old rheumatic complaint returning to dropsy, father asthmatical, his knees swollen up with water, mother and the children scarred by scrofula and hereditary anaemia. Of course all that was part of the job, and you didn't complain except when the lack of food finished you off.”
Émile Zola, Germinal

Abhijit Naskar
“The upliftment of the ill-treated must come first, only then can we call ourselves human.”
Abhijit Naskar, Neden Türk: The Gospel of Secularism

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Money is so powerful, and poverty so painful, that there has never been, and there will never be, a sane prostitute that played or will play hard to get.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Abhijit Naskar
“It’s a strange world we live in, some people's trash contains more food than some people's stomach. Things won't change until we renounce all luxury.”
Abhijit Naskar, Girl Over God: The Novel

Michael Bassey Johnson
“You have two options in life: stay home, and stay hungry, or go out there, pluck some cashews, and convert them into cash.”
Michael Bassey Johnson, Song of a Nature Lover

John Vaillant
“A century ago, many Russians lived this way in the Far East, and most natives did, too. Then, there wasn't an alternative, but the expectations for what life can and should be have changed radically in the past twenty years. Under communism, there was room, albeit strictly controlled, for aspiration, and there was a State guarantee of basic security in terms of education, employment. housing, and food. But most of these assurances disintegrated after perestroika. Replacing them, along with crime, alcoholism, and despondency, were satellite dishes offering multiple channels that allowed you to see just how far behind you really were. Nowadays, in many parts of the world-not just Sobolonye-it is possible to starve while watching television.”
John Vaillant, The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival

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