“It’s strengthening, restorative, and apt to repair decayed strength and make people strong.”
-Louis Lemery, 1702
Oh, divine chocolate!
They grind thee kneeling,
Beat thee with hands praying,
And drink thee with eyes to heaven.
-Marco Antonio Orellana, 18th century
“Chocolate is a divine, celestial drink, the sweat of the stars, the vital seed, divine nectar, the drink of the gods, panacea and universal medicine.”
-Geronimo Piperni, quoted by Antonio Lavedán, surgeon in the Spanish army, 1796
“What use are cartridges in battle? I always carry chocolate instead.”
- George Bernard Shaw, 1894
“Las cosas claras y el chocolate espeso.” (Ideas should be clear and chocolate thick.)
’Twill make old women young and fresh,
Create new motions of the flesh.
And cause them long for you know what,
If they but taste of chocolate.
-James Wadworth (1768-1844; A History of the Nature and Quality of Chocolate)
And one dissenting view:
“Among the many disorders which the intemperance of mankind has introduced to shorten their lives, one of the greatest, in my opinion, is the use of chocolate.”
-Giovanni Batista Felici, physician to the Tuscan court, 1728