There is such a thing as food and such a thing as poison March 21, 2016 Some words to ponder (written in 1958) There is such a thing as food and such a thing as poison. But the damage done by those who pass off poison as food is far less than that done by those who generation after generation convince people that food is poison. -Paul Goodman, US author and poetCited on page 339 in Andrews, R. 1993. The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations. New York: Columbia University Press.