Sometimes I find I get to thinking of the past, when we swore to each other that our love would last.
You kept right on loving. I went on a fast. Now I am too thin and your love is too vast.
- Leonard Cohen, "Tonight Will Be Fine"
He rose from the table; and advancing to the master, basin and spoon in hand, said: somewhat alarmed at his own temerity: "Please, Sir, I want some more."
- Charles Dickens, "Oliver Twist"
"I unhappy?" she said, coming closer to him, and looking at him with an ecstatic smile of love. "I am like a hungry man who has been given food. He may be cold, and dressed in rags and ashamed, but he is not unhappy."
- Leo Tolstoy, "Anna Karenina"
The trickster is given something valuable with a condition set on its use, time passes, and before long a trickster's hunger leads him to violate the condition. As a consequence the plenitude of things is inexorably diminished.
- Lewis Hyde, "Trickster Makes This World"
A monk asked Yün-men: "What is talk that goes beyond Buddhas and patriarchs?" Yün-men replied: "Cake!"
- Merv Fowler, "Zen Buddhism"