Café Quotes

Tea Quotes

“If a man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty.” ~Japanese Proverb

From Yellow Submarine (the submarine is being swallowed by the vacuum monster):
George: We’re being swallowed!
Paul: What should we do?
John: Serve tea?
Paul: Lovely.

“Harry found the [tea] … seemed to burn away a little of the fear fluttering in his chest.” ~J.K. Rowling

“Elsewhere the world may be blustering or sleeping, wars are fought, people live and die, some nations disintegrate while others are born, soon to be swallowed up in turn — and in all this sound and fury, amidst eruptions and undertows, while the world goes its merry way, bursts into flames, tears itself apart and is reborn: human life continues to throb.

“So, let us drink a cup of tea.”                                                                                         ~from The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery.

Mad Hatter: Why is a raven like a writing desk?
Alice: Riddles? Now let me see… why is a raven like a writing desk?
Mad Hatter: I beg your pardon? 
Alice: Why is a raven like a writing desk?
Mad Hatter: [alarmed] Why is a what?
March Hare: Careful, she’s stark ravin’ mad!
Alice: But it’s your silly riddle. You just said…
Mad Hatter: Easy, don’t get excited!
March Hare: How about a nice cup of tea?                                                                  ~From Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

“Iced tea is too pure and natural a creation not to have been invented as soon as tea, ice, and hot weather crossed paths.”  ~John Egerton

“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

“Remember the tea kettle – it is always up to its neck in hot water, yet it still sings!” ~Author Unknown

“The cozy fire is bright and gay, // The merry kettle boils away // And hums a cheerful song. // I sing the saucer and the cup; // Pray, Mary, fill the teapot up, // And do not make it strong. ~from “The Poets at Tea, Cowper” by Barry Pain

“Come, let us have some tea and continue to talk about happy things.” ~Chaim Potok

“Bread and water can so easily be toast and tea.” ~Author Unknown

“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

“Leonard, social protocol states that when a friend is upset you offer them a hot beverage, such as tea.” ~Sheldon (from The Big Bang Theory)

“I’m a little teapot, short and stout. Here is my handle. Here is my spout. When I get all steamed up, hear me shout. Tip me over and pour me out!” ~from “The Teapot Song” by George Harold Sanders and Clarence Z. Kelley

“We had a kettle; we let it leak:
Our not repairing it made it worse.
We haven’t had any tea for a week…
The bottom is out of the Universe.”
~Rudyard Kipling

“Enjoy life sip by sip, not gulp by gulp.” ~The Minister of Leaves 

“Imagine a delicious glass of summer iced tea.
Take a long cool sip. Listen to the ice crackle and clink.
Is the glass part full or part empty?
Take another sip.
And now?”                                                                                                                              ~Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

“When I grow up I will sit and drink tea in my tea-drinking tree.” ~from art print by Joanna Bradshaw

“GRAMMAR TEA: They’re there for their afternoon tea. I’m figuratively dying for a cuppa. Don’t lose the loose-leaf tea. Lessmilk and fewer sugar lumps. I’m going to add two sugars too. The caffeine effect affects us all.”                           ~from

“Would you like an adventure now, or shall we have our tea first?” ~from Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

“Daughter of Eve from the far land of Spare Oom where eternal summer reigns around the bright city of War Drobe, how would it be if you came and had tea with me?”~from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

“Arthur blinked at the screens and felt he was missing something important. Suddenly he realized what it was.

“Is there any tea on this spaceship?” he asked.”                                                       ~from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

As he drank, I remembered that there’s a reason we English are ruled more by tea than by Buckingham Palace or His Majesty’s Government: Apart from the soul, the brewing of tea is the only thing that sets us apart from the great apes–or so the Vicar had remarked to Father…” ~from The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

“Some people will tell you there is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“There was a teapot, in which Mma Ramotswe — the only lady private detective in Botswana — brewed tea. And three mugs — one for herself, one for her secretary, and one for the client. What else does a detective agency really need?” ~Alexander McCall Smith, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

“Tea and honey is a Very Grand Thing.” ~from Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne

“Honestly, if you’re given the choice between Armageddon or tea, you don’t say ‘what kind of tea?” ~Neil Gaiman

“Teapot is on, the cups are waiting, favorite chairs anticipating. No matter what I have to do, my friends, there’s always time for you.” ~Author Unknown

“Put on the kettle and make some tea,
It’s all a part of feeling groovy.” ~mod band The Jam

“A cup of tea is a cup of peace.” ~Soshitsu Sen XV

“Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.”
Add a bag of British tea;
Brew it strong for you and me. ~Shakespeare and me

“The Tea Party

I had a little tea party
This afternoon at three.
‘Twas very small-
Three guests in all-
Just I, myself, and me.

Myself ate all the sandwiches,
While I drank up the tea;
‘Twas also I who ate the pie
And passed the cake to me.”

~Jessica Nelson North

“Tea and books: Mmmmm, two of life’s exquisite pleasures that together bring near-bliss.” ~Christine Hanrahan

“As the message drained away Vimes stared at the opposite wall, in which the door now opened, after a cursory knock, to reveal the steward bearing that which is guaranteed to frighten away all nightmares, to wit, a cup of hot tea.” ~Terry Pratchett, Snuff

“Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage.” ~Catherine Douzel

“Time for you and time for me,
And time yet for a hundred indecisions,
And for a hundred visions and revisions,
Before the taking of toast and tea.”
~T.S. Eliot

“Take some more tea,” the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly.
“I’ve had nothing yet,” Alice replied in an offended tone, “so I can’t take more.”
“You mean you can’t take less,” said the Hatter: “it’s very easy to take more than nothing.”
“Nobody asked your opinion,” said Alice.
~ from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

“For if I could please myself I would always live as I lived there. I would choose always to breakfast at exactly eight and to be at my desk by nine, there to read or write till one. If a cup of good tea or coffee could be brought to me about eleven, so much better. Tea should be taken in solitude.” ~C.S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy

“What’s this?” I said.
“Tea with milk and sugar,” said the Butler.
“I don’t drink tea,” I said.
“All civilized people drink tea, young Master Jones.”
“Then I guess I’m not civilized.”
“A claim you share with Vikings, Huns, assorted barbarian hordes, and marauders of all stripes. I have taken the liberty of adding more sugar than one might normally expect.”
I sipped at it. I sipped again. It was pretty good.
“It stinks,” I said.
~from Pay Attention, Carter Jones by Gary D. Schmidt

“It snowed last year too: I made a snowman and my brother knocked it down and I knocked my brother down and then we had tea.”
~Dylan Thomas (from A Child’s Christmas in Wales)

“Mercy on us, how they did talk! first one, then the other, then all burst out together–trying to tell the history of three years in half an hour. It was fortunate that tea was at hand, to produce a lull and provide refreshment–for they would have been hoarse and faint if they had gone on much longer.” ~Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

“Autumn stars shine through gaps in the wall. We brew midnight tea by the stove’s ruddy light.” ~From a traditional Taoist song

“Where there’s tea there’s hope.” ~Arthur Wing Pinero

“A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

“Home is where the tea is.” ~Js Devivre

“There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life.” ~Lin Yutang

“Every clever bunny knows that tea refreshes – top to toes. So put the kettle on and brew, a lovely cup for me and you.” ~Found on Pinterest

Coffee Quotes

“Give me a good cup of coffee and a book I love, and I’ll be happy.” source:

“Given enough coffee, I could rule the world.” ~Author Unknown

“Coffee, tea, or bestseller? All of the above!” ~Author Unknown

“In Seattle you haven’t had enough coffee until you can thread a sewing machine while it’s running.” ~Jeff Bezos

“Decaffeinated Coffee. It’s useless warm brown water. ” ~heard on David Letterman

A morning without coffee is like sleep.”  ~Author Unknown

“Mothers are those wonderful people who can get up in the morning before the smell of coffee.”  ~Author Unknown

“Coffee is a beverage that puts one to sleep when not drank.” ~Alphonse Allais

“No coffee can be good in the mouth that does not first send a sweet offering of odor to the nostrils.” ~Henry Ward Beecher

“I believe humans get a lot done, not because we’re smart, but because we have thumbs so we can make coffee.” ~Flash Rosenberg

“Coffee shared with a friend is happiness tasted and time well spent.” ~from

“I’m just waiting to see if my coffee chooses to use its powers for good or evil today.”

“Why hasn’t someone invented an alarm clock that just hands you a cup of coffee?”~Author Unknown

“If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.” ~Abraham Lincoln

“If I were a wizard, I’m pretty sure my Patronus would be a steaming cup of coffee.” ~Author Unknown

“It’s coffee time! Coffee! Coffee, coffee, coffee, coffee, coffee!” ~from the movie Dante’s Peak

“As long as there was coffee in the world, how bad could things be?” ~Cassandra Clare, City of Ashes

“I don’t drink coffee to wake up; I wake up to drink coffee.” ~mug sentiment

“Words cannot espresso how much you bean to me!” ~Author Unknown

“I always get up and make a cup of coffee while it is still dark — it must be dark — and then I drink the coffee and watch the light come.” ~Toni Morrison

“There’s a happy feeling nothing in the world can buy
When they pass around the coffee and the pumpkin pie” ~from “Sleigh Ride” by Billy Gilman

“Coffee, coffee! It’s our drink! If we don’t get it, we can’t think!” ~Author Unknown

“Coffee is a hug in a mug.” ~Author Unknown

EM and Grace


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