The best quotes about food from U.S. leaders


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Fireworks! Patriotism! Food?

That’s right.

As millions of people throughout the United States prepare to celebrate Independence Day, we bring you some inspirational quotes from U.S. leaders in politics, human rights, culture, education and invention … about food. We bring you some delicious reminders that our founding fathers, nation’s leaders and others who shaped U.S. history also had a lot of awesome things to say about food. Let’s take a look:


Martin Luther King Jr.“I have the audacity to believe that people everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for the minds and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits.”
— Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights leader

“How can a nation be great if its bread tastes like Kleenex?”
— Julia Child, chef, author and television personality

Mark Twain“Home-grown wheat in this sense competes with wheat in commerce. The stimulation of commerce is a use of the regulatory function quite as definitely as prohibitions or restrictions thereon.”
— Justice Robert H. Jackson, Wickard v. Filburn, 1942

“It’s bizarre that the produce manager is more important to my children’s health than the pediatrician.”
— Meryl Streep, actress

“Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.”
— Mark Twain, writer

“This is the first generation in all of recorded history that can do something about the scourge of poverty. We have the means to do it. We can banish hunger from the face of the earth.”
— Hubert H. Humphrey, vice president to Lyndon B. Johnson

Michelle Obama
“When men reach their sixties and retire, they go to pieces. Women go right on cooking.”
— Gail Sheehy, writer and journalist

“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.”
— Thomas Edison, inventor

“Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch,”
— Orson Wells, writer

“We can make a commitment to promote vegetables and fruits and whole grains on every part of every menu. We can make portion sizes smaller and emphasize quality over quantity. Ben FranklinAnd we can help create a culture — imagine this — where our kids ask for healthy options instead of resisting them.”
— Michelle Obama, First Lady

“Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy,”
— Benjamin Franklin, founding father and a wise man who liked to party