Coffee and Tea Quotes

Coffee and Tea Quotes


Coffee, the sober drink, the mighty nourishment of the brain, which unlike other spirits heightens purity and lucidity: coffee, which clears the clouds of the imagination and their gloomy weight; which illuminates the reality of things suddenly with the flash of truth.

- Jules Michelet, French historian (1798 – 1874)



You that delight in Wit and Mirth, and long to hear such news,

As comes from all parts of the Earth, Dutch, Danes, and Turks and Jews,

I’le send you a Rendezvous, where it is smoaking new: Go hear it at a Coffee-house – it cannot but be true…

There’s nothing done in all the World, From Monarch to the Mouse,

But every Day or Night ‘tis hutl’d into the Coffee-house.

- from “News from the Coffee-house”

   By Thomas Jordan (1667)



Better to be deprived of food for three days than of tea for one.

- Chinese proverb



Thank God for tea! What would the world do without Tea! How did it exist?

- Sydney Smith, British writer (1771 – 1845)



The best of Queens, and best of herbs, we owe

To that bold nation, which the way did show

To the fair region where the sun doth rise,

Whose rich productions we so justly prize.

The Muse’s friend, tea does our fancy aid,

Repress those vapors which the head invade,

And keep the palace of the soul serene,

Fit on the birthday to salute the Queen.

- Edmund Waller, Poet

  On Catherine of Braganza’s marriage to Charles



The progress of the famous plant has been something very like the progress of truth; suspected at first, though very palatable to those who had the courage to taste it; resisted as it encroached; abused as its popularity spread; and establishing its triumph at last, in cheering the whole land from the palace to the cottage, only by slow and resistless efforts of time and its own virtues.

- Isaac D’Israeli, English critic and historian (1766 – 1848)



If you are cold, tea will warm you. If you are heated, it will cool you. If you are depressed, it will cheer you. If you are excited, it will calm you.



Wouldn’t it be dreadful to live in a country where they didn’t have tea?

- Noel Coward



Hear thou, great Anna, whom three realms obey

Does Sometimes counsel take and sometimes tay.

- Alexander Pope of Queen Anne


Dr Johnson wrote in praise of tea....

An now I pray thee, Hetty dear

That thou wilt give to me,

With cream and sugar soften’d well

Another dish of tea.


But hear, alas! This mournful truth,

Nor hear it with a frown,

Thou canst not make the tea so fast

As I can gulp it down.



The most popular non-alcoholic beverage is tea, now considered almost a necessity of life

- Isabella Beeton