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Tea Quotes

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Tea Quotes

"Christopher Robin was home by this time, because it was the afternoon, and he was so glad to see them that they stayed there until very nearly tea-time, and then they had a Very Nearly tea, which is one you forget about afterwards, and hurried on to Pooh Corner, so as to see Eeyore before it was too late to have a Proper Tea with Owl." - A.A. Milne, The House at Pooh Corner

A Proper Tea is much nicer than a Very Nearly Tea, which is one you forget about afterwards. - A.A. Milne

"Talk and tea is his specialty," said Giles. "He has about five cups of tea a day. But he works splendidly when we are looking." - Agatha Christie, Sleeping Murder

Tea had come as a deliverer to a land that called for deliverance; a land of beef and ale, of heavy eating and abundant drunkenness; of gray skies and harsh winds; of strong nerved , stout-purposed, slow-thinking men an women. Above all, a land of sheltered homes and warm firesides - firesides that were waiting - waiting, for the bubbling kettle and the fragrant breath of tea. -Agnes Reppiler

Ecstasy is a glass full of tea and a piece of sugar in the mouth. - Alexander Puskin

"'The tea is coming!' ...she may want a martini, but make her drink tea." - Alice Taylor, To School Through the Fields

Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors. - Alice Walker

"...I have never tasted tea like this. It is smooth, pungent, and instantly addicting...This is from Grand Auntie, my mother explains... she told me if I buy the cheap tea, then I am saying that my whole life has not been worth something better...If I buy just a little, then I am saying that my lifetime is almost over, so she bought enough tea for another lifetime." - Amy Tan, The Kitchen God’s Wife

"Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one." - Ancient Chinese Proverb

Drinking a daily cup of tea will surely starve the apothecary. - Ancient Chinese Proverb

"A true warrior, like tea, shows his strength in hot water." - Ancient Chinese proverb

Bread and water can so easily be toast and tea. - Anonymous Author

Tea is liquid wisdom. - Anonymous Author

Tea is a cup of life. - Anonymous Author

Strange how a teapot can represent at the same time the comforts of solitude and the pleasures of company. - Anonymous Author

Remember the tea kettle - it is always up to its neck in hot water, yet it still sings! - Anonymous Author

The spirit of the tea beverage is one of peace, comfort, and refinement. - Arthur Gray

There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea. - Bernard-Paul Heroux

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on. - Billy Connolly

Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage. - Catherine Douzel

My dear, if you could give me a cup of tea to clear my muddle of a head I should better understand your affairs. - Charles Dickens

Tea should be taken in solitude. - C.S. Lewis

You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me. - C.S. Lewis

Tea does our fancy aid,
Repress those vapours which the head invade
And keeps that palace of the soul serene. - Edmund Waller, "Of Tea"

"The mug from the washstand was used as Becky's tea cup, and the tea was so delicious that it was not necessary to pretend that it was anything but tea." - Frances Hodgson Burnett

In nothing more is the English genius for domesticity more notably declared than in the institution of this festival - almost one may call it - of afternoon tea...The mere chink of cups and saucers tunes the mind to happy repose. - George Gissing

The mere chink of cups and saucers tunes the mind to happy repose. - George Gissing, The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft

"Tea is one of the main stays of civilization in this country." - George Orwell

If you are cold, tea will warm you; If you are too heated, it will cool you; If you are depressed, it will cheer you; If you are excited, it will calm you. - Gladstone (1865) Victorian British Prime Minister

"Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea." - Henry Fielding

Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea. - Henry Fielding “Love in Several Masques”

Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea. - Henry Fielding

There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea. - Henry James

Is there no Latin word for Tea? Upon my soul, if I had known that I would have let the vulgar stuff alone. - Hilaire Belloc

Great love affairs start with Champagne and end with tisane. - Honoré de Balzac

If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty. - Japanese Proverb

"I hope next time when we meet, we won't be fighting each other. Instead we will be drinking tea together." - Jackie Chan, Rumble in the Bronx

Another novelty is the tea-party, an extraordinary meal in that, being offered to persons that have already dined well, it supposes neither appetite nor thirst, and has no object but distraction, no basis but delicate enjoyment. - Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, The Physiology of Taste

"Tea. Earl Grey. Hot. And whoever this "Earl Grey" fellow is, I'd like to have a word with him... " - Jean-Luc Picard, Star Trek, The Next Generation

It is very strange, this domination of our intellect by our digestive organs. We cannot work, we cannot think, unless our stomach wills so. It dictates to us our emotions, our passions. After eggs and bacon it says, "Work!" After beefsteak and porter, it says, "Sleep!" After a cup of tea (two spoonfuls for each cup, and don't let it stand for more than three minutes), it says to the brain, "Now rise, and show your strength. Be eloquent, and deep, and tender; see, with a clear eye, into Nature, and into life: spread your white wings of quivering thought, and soar, a god-like spirit, over the whirling world beneath you, up through long lanes of flaming stars to the gates of eternity!" - Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men in a Boat

"Tea with lemon please" - Jerry Seinfeld, Seinfeld

Tea comes before You and after Ess - Kakuzo 2005

"Talk and tea is his specialty," said Giles. "He has Come along inside... We'll see if tea and buns can make the world a better place." - Kenneth Graeme, The Wind in the Willows

"So I must rise at early dawn, as busy as can be, to get my daily labor done, and pluck the leafy tea." - Le Yih, Ballad of the Tea Pickers, Early Ch’ing Dynasty, 1644

The effect of tea is cooling and as a beverage it is most suitable. It is especially fitting for persons of self-restraint and inner worth. - Lu Yu (715-803), Ch'a Ching

"The best quality tea must have creases like the leathern boot of Tartar horsemen, curl like the dewlap of a mighty bullock, unfold like a mist rising out of a ravine, gleam like a lake touched by a zephyr, and be wet and soft like a fine earth newly swept by rain." - Lu Yu (d. 804), Chinese sage, hermit

"I am in no way interested in immortality, but only in the taste of tea." - Lu t’ung

The first cup moistens my lips and throat. The second cup breaks my loneliness. The third cup searches my barren entrail but to find therein some thousand volumes of odd ideographs. The fourth cup raises a slight perspiration - all the wrongs of life pass out through my pores. At the fifth cup I am purified. The sixth cup calls me to the realms of the immortals. The seventh cup - ah, but I could take no more! I only feel the breath of the cool wind that raises in my sleeves. Where is Elysium? Let me ride on this sweet breeze and waft away thither. - Lu Tung, "Tea-Drinking"

Afternoon Tea should be provided, fresh supplies, with thin bread-and-butter, fancy pastries, cakes, etc., being brought in as other guests arrive. - Mrs. Beeton The Book of Household Management

Wouldn’t it be dreadful to live in a country where they didn’t drink tea? - Noel Coward

"The tea ceremony is more than an idealization of the form of drinking—it is a religion of the art of life." - Okakura Kakuzo

The art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our surroundings. - Okakura Kakuzo

"Meanwhile, let us have a sip of tea. The afternoon glow is brightening the bamboos, the fountains are bubbling with delight, the soughing of the pines is heard in our kettle. Let us dream of evanescence, and linger in the beautiful foolishness of things." - Okakura Kakuzo, Book of Tea (1906)

"A wave of rare incense is wafted from the tea-room; it is the summons which bids the guests to enter. One by one they advance and take their places. In the tokonoma hangs a kakemono—a wonderful writing by an ancient monk dealing with the evanescence of all earthly things. The singing kettle. . . sounds like some cicada pouring forth his woes to departing summer." - Okakura Kakuzo, Book of Tea (1906), Describing the last Cha-no-yu by Rikiu, a great tea master

Tea...is a religion of the art of life. - Okakura Kakuzo

"Kissing is like drinking tea through a tea-strainer; you’re always thirsty afterwards." - Old Chinese saying

"Bring me a cup of tea and the “Times.”" - Queen Victoria on her accession to the British throne

"There is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Thank God for tea! What would the world do without tea? How did it exist? I am glad I was not born before tea." - Rev. Sydney Smith

"Come, oh come, ye tea-thirsty restless ones—the kettle boils, bubbles and sings, musically." - Rabindranath Tagore

Stands the Church clock at ten to three?
And is there honey still for tea? - Rupert Brooke, "The Old Vicarage, Grantchester," 1912

Find yourself a cup of tea; the teapot is behind you. Now tell me about hundreds of things. - Saki

"Coffee isn't my cup of tea." - Samuel Goldwyn

[I am a] hardened and shameless tea drinker, who has for twenty years diluted his meals only with the infusion of this fascinating plant; whose kettle has scarcely time to cool; who with tea amuses the evening, with tea solaces the midnight, and with tea welcomes the evening. - Samuel Johnson

Tea's proper use is to amuse the idle, and relax the studious, and dilute the full meals of those who cannot use exercise, and will not use abstinence. - Samuel Johnson

As long as it is hot, wet and goes down the right way, its fine with me. - Sarah Fergerson, The Dutchess of York, On Tea

"Tea is nought but this:
First you heat the water,
Then you make the tea.
Then you drink it properly.
That is all you need to know." - Sen Rikyu, Zen Tea Master, 1522-1591

"While there's tea there's hope." - Sir Arthur Pinero

"What is the most wonderful thing for people like myself who follow the Way of Tea? My answer: the oneness of host and guest created through ‘meeting heart to heart’ and sharing a bowl of tea." - Soshitsu Sen, Grand Master XIV, Urasenke School of Tea

"In my own hands I hold a bowl of tea; I see all of nature represented in its green color. Closing my eyes I find green mountains and pure water within my own heart. Silently sitting alone and drinking tea, I feel these become a part of me." - Soshitsu Sen, Grand Master XIV, Urasenke School of Tea

"I don't drink coffee; I take tea, my dear." - Sting, An Englishman in New York

I always fear that creation will expire before teatime. - Sydney Smith

If two women should pour from the same pot, one of them will have a baby within a year. - Tea Proverb

The perfect temperature for tea is two degrees hotter than just right. - Terri Guillemets

Tea is wealth itself, because there is nothing that cannot be lost, no problem that will not disappear, no burden that will not float away, between the first sip and the last. - The Minister of Leaves

Enjoy life sip by sip not gulp by gulp. - The Minister of Leaves

Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. - Thich Nat Hahn

...for tea, though ridiculed by those who are naturally coarse in their nervous sensibilites, or are become so from wine-drinking, and are not susceptible of influence from so refined a stimulant, will always be the favored beverage of the intellectual... - Thomas De Quincy

Surely every one is aware of the divine pleasures which attend a wintry fireside; candles at four oclock, warm hearthrugs, tea, a fair tea-maker, shutters closed, curtains flowing in ample draperies to the floor, whist the wind and rain are raging audibly without. - Thomas De Quincey

Tea is drunk to forget the din of the world. - T’ien Yiheng

Tea - the cups that cheer but not inebriate. - William Cowper, Poet

What part of confidante has that poor teapot played ever since the kindly plant was introduced among us. Why myriads of women have cried over it, to be sure! What sickbeds it has smoked by! What fevered lips have received refreshment from it! Nature meant very kindly by women when she made the tea plant; and with a little thought, what a series of pictures and groups the fancy may conjure up and assemble round the the teapot and cup. - William Makepeace Thackery

Tea, a refreshing and enervating drink - Kakuzo.Com is the Home of The Book of Tea




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