(George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist. Middlemarch, ch. 13 (1871-1872).
Said by the character in the novel named Mr. Vincy to his brother-in-law Mr. Bulstrode, a cautious eater.)
(Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. Originally published as Der Zauberberg, Fischer (1924). The Magic Mountain, ch. 5, p. 274-275, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, The Modern Library, McGraw-Hill (1955).
Hans Castorp's repeated question in his search for the primal matter and meaning of life.)