Food for Thought

Published by Beverly Damore on

The full stomach says,

“The ripe guava has worms.”
The empty stomach says,
“Let me see!”
—Haitian proverb


Three Rolls and One Doughnut

A rich man walked a long way from his village to the city.  By the time he got there, he was very hungry.  He bought a roll and ate it, but he was still hungry.  He bought another roll and ate it, but he was still hungry.  He bought a third roll and ate it.  He was still hungry.  Then he bought a doughnut.  He ate it—and what do you think?—he was not hungry any more.

“Ah!”  He clapped himself on the forehead, “What a fool I was to have wasted all that good money on rolls!  I should have bought a doughnut to begin with!”


Fables from Russia

Retold by Mirra Ginsburg

The Dial Press, N.Y., 1970

Commentary by William Shakespeare:  “You would be sweet…. if your miseries were in the same abundance as your good fortunes are. And yet for aught I see, they are as sick that surfeit with too much as they that starve with nothing.

The Merchant of Venice

Act 1, Scene 2

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