Lewis Carroll (1865) Alice
in Wonderland, Chapter 6
"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."
Charles Dickens (1812-1870) Barnaby Rudge
"Polly put the kettle on, we'll all have tea."
Thomas DeQuincy (1875-1959) Confession of an English Opium Eater
Tea, though ridiculed by those who are naturally coarse in their nervouse sensibilities...will
always be the favored beverage of the intellectual.
Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927): Three Men in a Boat
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
Lu Yu,(8th Century Classic),"The Classic of Tea", trans. F.
"Its liquor is like the sweetest dew from Heaven"
Mick Jagger, "Live with
I got nasty habits; I take tea at three.
P.G. Wodehouse, The Amazing Hat Mystery
...what I feel we ought to do at this juncture is to dash off somewhere where
it's quiet and there aren't so many housesdancing the 'Blue Danube' and shove
some tea into ourselves. And over the pot and muffins I shall have something
veryimportant to say to you.
The Code of the Woosters
The cup of tea on arrival at a country house is a thing which, as a rule,
I particularly enjoy. I like the crackling logs, the shadedlights, the scent
of buttered toast, the general atmosphere of leisured cosiness.
Lu Tung (Chinese poet during T'ang Dynasty) "Tea-Drinking"
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.
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) Peter Bell the Third, Part III, Stanza
Teas, Where small talk dies in agonies.
Colley Cibber (1671-1757) The Lady's Last Stake, Act 1, Scene 1
Tea! thou soft, sober, sage and venerable liquid;- thou female tongue-running,
smile-smoothing, heart-opening, wink-tippling cordial, to whose glorious insipidity
I owe the happiest moment of my life, let me fall prostrate.
Gladstone (1865) Victorian British Prime Minister
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.
Tea! The panacea for everything from weariness to a cold to a murder Love and
scandal are the best sweeteners of tea.
Marcel Proust, Swann's Way
She poured out Swann's tea, inquired "Lemon or cream?" and, on his
answering "Cream, please," said to him with a laugh: "Acloud!"
And as he pronounced it excellent, "You see, I know just how you like it."
This tea had indeed seemed to Swann, justas it seemed to her, something precious,
and love has such a need to find some justification for itself, some guarantee
ofduration, in pleasures which without it would have no existence and must cease
with its passing...
Clive Barker, Weave-World
...She had that brand of pragmatism that would find her the first brewing tea
There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony
known as afternoon tea.
A. A. Milne (1882-1956) "Disobedience"
James James Morrison's Mother
Said to herself,
"I can get right down to the end of the town
and be back in time for tea."
Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)
My experience...convinced me that tea was better than brandy, and during the
last six months in Afica I took no brandy, even when sick taking tea instead.
Li Ri Hua, a Ming Dynasty scholar
One should clean out a room in one's home andplace only a tea table and a chair
in the room with some boiled water and fragrant tea. Afterwards,sit salutarily
and allow one's spirit to become ranquil, light, and natural.
C.C. Benison, Death at Sandringham House
"Poor Mrs. Benefer," Heather murmured. "Well, a nice cup of tea
and she'll be right as rain.""Oh, puh-leeze, Heather. A nice cup of
tea, indeed. A nice cup of tea, two Prozac, and sleep for a week, maybe..."
Find yourself a cup; the teapot is behind you. Now tell me about hundreds of