"Fasting is a medicine" - St. John
"In eating a third of the stomach should be filled with food, a third with drink and the rest left empty" - Talmud
Quod me nutrit, me destruit.
"Self control is the quality that distinguishes the fittest to survive" - George Bernard Shaw
You will be tempted quite frequently. You will have to choose whether to enjoy yourself wholly for those 20 minutes or so that you will be consuming excess calories, or whether you will despise yourself cordially for the next three days. - Marya Hornbacher, Wasted
I want my collarbones and hips to be as sharp as my mind.
Don't give up what you want most for what you want at the moment.
Starvation is fulfilling. Colors become brighter, sounds sharper, odors so much more savory and penetrating that inhalation fills every fibre and pore of the body. The greatest enjoyment of food is actually found when never a morsel passes the lips. - Marya Hornbacher, Wasted
Nothing tastes as good as thin feels.
In the body, as in sculpture, perfection is not attained when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
I, the hunger artist, rarely disappoint my audience.
"In general, mankind, since the improvement of cookery, eat twice as much as nature requires" - Benjamin Franklin
When you coast without eating for a significant period of time, and you are still alive, you begin to scoff at those fools who believe they must eat to live. It is blatantly obvious to you that this is not true...Like a plant, surely the body can be trained to exist on nothing, to take it's nourishment from the air. - Marya Hornbacher, Wasted
"Three good meals a day is bad living" - Benjamin Franklin
The only freedom left is the freedom to starve.
Good habits result from resisting temptation.
Blessed are the starving, for they shall teach us not to want.
Craving is only a feeling.
One day I will be thin enough. Just the bones, no disfiguring flesh. Just the pure clear shape of me, bones. That is what we all are, what we're made up of and everything else is just storage, deposit, waste. Strip it away, use it up.
The difference between want and need is self control.
A moment on the lips, forever on the hips.
I do eat normally - only what is needed for survival. I can't help that we live in a piggish society where gluttony is the norm and everyone else is constantly stuffing themselves.
When I wake, I'm empty, light-headed. I like to stay this way, free and pure, light on my feet, traveling light. For me, food's only interest lies in how little I need, how strong I am, how well I can resist, each time achieving another small victory of the will.
Why can't the realize my strength? How much it's taken to make so little of myself.
What I wouldn't do to be Alice climbing through the looking glass, taking one of those pills that makes you small, so small. What I wouldn't do to be less - Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation
You can never be too rich or too thin.
Hunger hurts but starving works.
It's simple: You decide once and for all that you aren't going to eat, and there are no further decisions to make. - Marya Hornbacher, Wasted
You can learn to love anything I think, if you need to badly enough. I trained myself to enjoy feeling hungry. If my stomach contracts, or I wake up feeling nauseated, or I'm light-headed, or have a hunger headache or better yet, all of the above, it means I'm getting thinner, if feels good. I feel strong, on top of myself, in control.
Pain is temporary; Pride is forever.
You will be tempted quite frequently, and you will have to choose whether you shall enjoy the twenty minutes or so that you will be consuming excess calories, or whether you
will cordially despise yourself for two or three days, for your lack of willpower.