Ecclesiastes 8:15 So I commended pleasure, for there is nothing good for a man under the sun except to eat and to drink and to be merry, and this will stand by him in his toils throughout the days of his life which God has given him under the sun.
I am not a religious person but I do read a few passages from the Torah, the New Testament and the Qur'an every single day without fail and each for different purposes. The verse I quoted above is the most beautiful suggestion given to man in any Holy Book. While other religions may ask man to extinguish all desires and passions in this world (Buddhism) or to submit to misery and squalor in this world in order to attain joy and pleasure in the next (Islam), Judaism instructs us to enjoy the simple gifts that God gives in the present world. Eat, drink and be merry. Enjoy this life, on this Earth, in this time.
I have collected for your enjoyment the last words of some of our more famous fellow human beings involving food or drink before they died.
- "That was the best ice-cream soda I ever tasted."
Lou Costello, comedian, (1906-1959)
- "Ah, that tastes nice. Thank you."
Johannes Brahms, said after he had a small glass of wine.
- "Thank God I have done my duty…Drink drink, fan fan, rub rub."
British Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson; Mentioning how hot and thirsty he was when dying.
- "Más totopos." [Translation: More totopos (tortilla chips)]
Álvaro Obregón, President of Mexico, sitting in a restaurant a few seconds before being shot. (1880-1928)
Tallulah Bankhead, American actress, talk-show host. (1902-1968)
- "Dêem-me café, vou escrever! [Translation: Give me coffee, I'm going to write]
Olavo Bilac, Brazilian journalist and poet (1865-1918)
- "I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis."
Humphrey Bogart (1899-1957)
- "Doctor, do you think it could have been the sausage?"
Paul Claudel, great French poet, dramatist and diplomat (1868-1955)
- "I just wish I had time for one more bowl of chili."
Kit Carson, American frontiersman
- "I haven't had champagne for a long time."
Anton Chekhov, playwright, 1904. A sanitarium nurse gave him champagne to ease his death from tuberculosis.
- "But how the devil do you think this could harm me?"
Denis Diderot, French encyclopedist, upon being warned by his wife not to eat too much.
- "It tastes bad."
Margaret Mitchell, upon being given a drink of orange juice while convalescing in a hospital.
- "I should have drunk more Champagne."
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