Wednesday, July 10, 2013


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

Tea with lemon and cinnamon isolated on white background

I say let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea.  - Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground

Spicy winter hot drink

My hour for tea is half-past five, and my buttered toast waits for nobody. - Wilkie Collins , The Woman in White

Winter drink with oranges and cloves

Writing is a job, a talent, but it's also the place to go in your head. It is the imaginary friend you drink your tea with in the afternoon.- Ann Patchett, Truth and Beauty

cup of hot wine and spicery on the cane tray

Honestly, if you're given the choice between Armageddon or tea, you don't say 'what kind of tea ? - Neil Gaiman

Winter hot drink with spices isolated on white background

When tea becomes ritual, it takes its place at the heart of our ability to see greatness in small things. Where is beauty to be found? In great things that, like everything else, are doomed to die, or in small things that aspire to nothing, yet know how to set a jewel of infinity in a single moment ? - Muriel Barbery, The Elegance of the Hedgehog

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

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

Surely a pretty woman never looks prettier than when making tea. - Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Lady Audley's Secret

Some people will tell you there is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea. - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Letters and Social Aims

“Tea should be as bitter as wormwod and as sharp as a two eged sword
Kit Snicket (a series of unfortunate events) - Lemony Snicket

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.

William Ewart Gladstone

Who would then deny that when I am sipping tea in my tearoom I am swallowing the whole universe with it and that this very moment of my lifting the bowl to my lips is eternity itself transcending time and space ? - D.T. Suzuki, Zen and Japanese Culture

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

Teaism is a cult founded on the adoration of the beautiful among the sordid facts of everyday existence. It inculcates purity and harmony, the mystery of mutual charity, the romanticism of the social order. It is essentially a worship of the Imperfect, as it is a tender attempt to accomplish something possible in this impossible thing we know as life.- Kakuzo Okakura, The Book of Tea

The Tea Party

I had a little tea party
This afternoon at three.
'Twas very small-
Three guest 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

- Jessica Nelson North

While her lips talked culture, her heart was planning to invite him to tea - E.M. Forster, Howards End

I am so fond of tea that I could write a whole dissertation on its virtues. It comforts and enlivens without the risks attendant on spirituous liquors. Gentle herb! Let the florid grape yield to thee. Thy soft influence is a more safe inspirer of social joy. - James Boswell

After a cup of tea (two spoonsful for each cup, and don't let it stand 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

When the girl returned, some hours later, she carried a tray, with a cup of fragrant tea steaming on it; and a plate piled up with very hot buttered toast, cut thick, very brown on both sides, with the butter running through the holes in great golden drops, like honey from the honeycomb. The smell of that buttered toast simply talked to Toad, and with no uncertain voice; talked of warm kitchens, of breakfasts on bright frosty mornings, of cosy parlour firesides on winter evenings, when one's ramble was over and slippered feet were propped on the fender, of the purring of contented cats, and the twitter of sleepy canaries.- Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

A simple cup of tea is far from a simple matter. - Mary Lou Heiss, The Story of Tea: A Cultural History and Drinking Guide

The scattered tea goes with the leaves and every day a sunset dies.- William Faulkner

...and even a tea party means apprehension, breakage - Virginia Woolf, The Diary of Virginia Woolf

A commission of haberdashers could alone have reported what the rest of her poor dress was made of, but it had a strong general resemblance to seaweed, with here and there a gigantic tea-leaf.Her shawl looked particularly like a tea-leaf after long infusion.- Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit

Tea tempers the spirits and harmonizes the mind, dispels lassitude and relieves fatigue, awakens thought and prevents drowsiness, lightens or refreshes the body, and clears the perceptive faculties.- Confucius

Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors. - Alice Walker, The Color Purple

With melted snow I boil fragrant tea. - Mencius

I am in no way interested in immortality, but only in the taste of tea. - Lu T'ung

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