Some tea quotes

31 01 2009

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

Tea is instant wisdom – just add water!
– Astrid Alauda

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

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

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”

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

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

– Edmund Waller, “Of Tea”

All true tea lovers not only like their tea strong, but like it a little stronger with each year that passes.
– George Orwell, “A Nice Cup of Tea”

Tea…is a religion of the art of life.
– Okakura

Our trouble is that we drink too much tea.  I see in this the slow revenge of the Orient, which has diverted the Yellow River down our throats.
– J.B. Priestley

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

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

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

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

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

There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.
– Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady

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

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

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

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