the company makes the feast
1653 I. WALTON Compleat Angler iii. Take this for a rule, you may pick out such times and such companies, that you may make yourselves merrier,..for ’tis the company and not the charge [expense] that makes the feast.
1911 F. W. HACK-WOOD Good Cheer xxxii. Epicurus maintained that you should rather have regard to the company with whom you eat..than to what you eat... This has been crystallised into the terse English proverb, ‘The company makes the feast.’
1981 ‘J. STURROCK’ Suicide most Foul vi. It is the company which makes the occasion, not the surroundings.
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