eat to live, not live to eat

Attributed to SOCRATES (See Diogenes Laertius Socrates II. xxxiv.) ἔλεγέ τε τοὺς μὲν ἄλλους ἀνθρώπους ζῆν ἵν ̓ἐσθίοιεν· αὐτὸς δὲ ἐσθίειν ἵνα ζῴη, and he said that other men live to eat, but he eats to live. Cf. CICERO Rhetoricorum IV. vii. edere oportet ut vivas, non vivas ut edas, one must eat to live, not live to eat.

1387 J. TREVISA tr. Higden’s Polychronicon (1871) III. 281 Socrates seide that meny men wil leve forto ete and drynke, and that they wolde ete and drynke..forto lyve.

c 1410 in Secreta Secretorum (1898) 67 I will ete so that y leue, and noght lyf that y ete.

1672 T. SHADWELL Miser 46 Eat to live, not live to eat; as the Proverb says.

1912 A. W. PINERO Preserving Mr. Panmure II. 85 I shall eat sufficient... But I eat to live; I don’t live to eat.

2001 Country Life 20/27 Dec. 80 If I had to give a yes or a no to the old question ‘Do you live to eat or eat to live?’ I should say yes to the first part.


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