Category: Global Philosophers

Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (Gastronome)


Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (Gastronome)


Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin



  • First Name: Jean Anthelme
  • Surname: Brillat-Savarin
  • DoB: 01 April 1755
  • PoB: Belley, Ain
  • DoD: 2 February 1826
  • Education: Law, Chemistry, Medicine in Dijon
  • Occupation: Elected mayor in Belley, Language teacher (French) Music Teacher (Violin), Magistrate, Judge, Writer



Brillat Savarin wrote what  arguably the most famous book on food, The Physiology of Taste. It was an intelligent book which has not been out of print to these days.  The book is a celebration of food, very descriptive, lots of opinions, anecdotal, historical, philosophical, factual, fanciful, poetical and some recipes included.

Honore Balzac was a fan of the book.

Poultry is for the cook what canvas is for the painter.
– Savarin

Tell me what you eat, I’ll tell you who you are.
– Savarin

Saul Bellow (Novel Prize Winner in Literature 1976)

Canadian American Writer

Saul Bellow (Novel Prize Winner in Literature 1976)




  • First Name: Solomon
  • Surname: Bellows
  • Aka: Saul Bellow
  • DoB: 10 June 1915
  • PoB: Lachine, Quebec, Canada
  • Death: 5 April 2005
  • Nationality: Canadian/American
  • Civil Status: Married 6 Times
  • Education: University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin, Northwestern University
  • Occupation: Writer
  • Legacy: Multi-awarded and Multi-honoured

Saul Bellow Quotes:


Everybody needs his memories.  They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door.
– S Bellow

The unexamined life can make you want to kill yourself.
– S Bellow

You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.
– S Bellow

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Publilius Syrus Quotes

Publilius_SyrusPublilius Syrus (46 BC – 29 BC), was a Latin writer of sententiae. He was a Syrian who was brought as a slave to Italy, but by his wit and talent he won the favour of his master, who freed and educated him. Publilius’ name, due to early medieval palatalization of ‘l’ between two ‘i’s, is often presented by manuscripts (and some printed editions) in corrupt form as ‘Publius’.

– Wikipedia

Pulilius Syrus Quotes


As men, we are all equal in the presence of death.
An agreeable companion on a journey is as good as a carriage.
A good reputation is more valuable than money.
An agreeable companion on a journey is as good as a carriage.
Every one excels in something in which another fails.
Fortune is like glass,—the brighter the glitter, the more easily broken.
He sleeps well who knows not that he sleeps ill.
It is well to moor your bark with two anchors.
It is sometimes expedient to forget who we are.
Learn to see in another’s calamity the ills which you should avoid.
Many receive advice, few profit by it.
No tears are shed when an enemy dies.
Patience is a remedy for every sorrow.
Powerful indeed is the empire of habit.
The anger of lovers renews the strength of love.

To do two things at once is to do neither.

The loss which is unknown is no loss at all
There are some remedies worse than the disease.
While we stop to think, we often miss our opportunity.
Whatever you can lose, you should reckon of no account.
What is left when honour is lost?
When Fortune is on our side, popular favour bears her company.
You should hammer your iron when it is glowing hot

Johann Kaspar (or Caspar) Lavater

Swiss Poet & Physiognomist

Johann Kaspar (or Caspar) Lavater

Lavater by - August Friedrich Oelenhainz (June 28, 1745 – November 5, 1804) was a German painter

Lavater by – August Friedrich Oelenhainz (June 28, 1745 – November 5, 1804) was a German painter


  • Full Name: Johann Kaspar Lavater
  • DoB: 15 November 1741
  • PoB: Zurich
  • Death: 2 January 1801 (59)
  • Nationality: Swiss
  • Education: Educated at Gymnasium
  • Occupation: poet and physiognomist, Protestant pastor,
  • Legacy:  Founder of physiognomics

Mr Lavater had a very interesting occupation.  He was apparently a physiognomist which means he had the ability to tell your character just by looking at your outward appearance, especially at your face.



As Quoted by Lavater:

All affectation is the vain and ridiculous attempt of poverty to appear rich.

He who comes from the kitchen smells of its smoke; he who adheres to a sect has something of its cant; the college air pursues the student, and dry inhumanity him who herds with literary pedants.
— Lavater

Where there is much pretension, much has been borrowed; nature never pretends.
— Lavater

Meng Zi aka Mencius


Meng Zi

Meng Zi

Mencius (aka Mengzi or Meng-Tze) was a 4th Century BCE Chinese philosopher, who is the most famous Confucian second only to Confucius himself.

The difference between Meng Zi and Confucius was their style of writing.

Confucius was a no nonsense guy, he believe in brevity.  He said things as short and succint.

Meng Zi on the otherhand has a free flowing thought that bled through his pen.  He liked to explain things in the minutest of details.

Let’s hear it from Mencius:

If you are listened to, be content. If you are not listened to, be more content.
– Meng Zi

Stephen Fry Untwined!


Stephen Fry

Once upon a time Stephen Fry seems to be a twin of the equally popular and erudite Hugh Laurie. I miss both of them doing comedy on television. To these days, I am still partial to Jeeves and Wooster and of course Blackadder.

Stephen Fry is now a very popular and reliable British Awards presenter for his keen intelligence and dry humour ready wit.

Stephen Fry as Quoted:

Architecture offers quite extraordinary opportunities to serve the community, to enhance the landscape, refresh the environment and to advance mankind – the successful architect needs training to overcome these pitfalls however, and start earning some serious money.

At my age travel broadens the behind.
– Stephen Fry


I don’t need you to remind me of my age. I have a bladder to do that for me.
– Stephen Fry


“Stop feeling sorry for yourself and you will be happy.”