Appetite: François Rabelais


L’appetit vient en mangeant

[The appetite grows by eating]

François Rabelais 1494-c1553

Gargantua et Pantagruel (1534) 1.v

In the context, ‘appetite’ means appetite for food. The truth of this is recognised by gastronomy – what else are appetisers, but food to make you hungry, give you an appetite where you had none before?

But in a metaphorical sense it applies to many things, like power…

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About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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