“The divine drink which builds up resistance and fights fatigue.  A cup of this precious drink permits man to walk for a whole day without food.”
 -Hernando Cortés, 1519


“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.)
 -Spanish proverb


’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)


“Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm… chocolate….”
 -Homer Simpson


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

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