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All the following quotations have a reference to tea and are found in literature all over the world.

"Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea."
Henry Fielding

"Tea is drunk to forget the din of the world."
T'ien Yiheng

"Strange how a teapot can represent at the same time the comforts of solitude and the pleasures of company."

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

"I always fear that creation will expire before teatime."
Sydney Smith

 "Drinking a daily cup of tea will surely starve the apothecary."
Chinese Proverb

"There is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Tea is a cup of life."

"I am glad I was not born before tea."
Rev. Sydney Smith

"The perfect temperature for tea is two degrees hotter than just right."
Terri Guillemets

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

"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."

"As long as it is hot, wet and goes down the right way, it's fine with me."
Sarah Fergerson

"Bread and water can so easily be toast and tea."

"The mere chink of cups and saucers tunes the mind to happy repose."
George Gissing

 "Wouldn’t it be dreadful to live in a country where they didn’t drink tea?"
Noel Coward

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

"If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty."
Japanese Proverb

 " Tea is liquid wisdom. "

 "While there's tea there's hope."
Sir Arthur Pinero

"Find yourself a cup of tea; the teapot is behind you. Now tell me about hundreds of things. Saki Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors."
Alice Walker

"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

 "Tea...is a religion of the art of life."

"All true tea lovers not only like their tea strong, but like it a little stronger with each year that passes."
George Orwell

"A 'proper tea' is much nicer than a 'very nearly tea', which is one you forget about afterwards."
A.A. Milne

"The first cup moistens my lips and throat. The second cup breaks my loneliness. The third cup searches my barren entrails only 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

"Stands the church clock at ten to three?
And is there honey still for tea?"
Rupert Brooke

"As the centerpiece of a cherished ritual, it's a talisman against the chill of winter, a respite from the ho-hum routine of the day."
Sarah Engler

 "Remember the tea kettle - it is always up to its neck in hot water, yet it still sings!

 "Tea is instant wisdom - just add water!"
Astrid Alauda

"Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on."
Billy Connolly

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

"Tea-ism 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."
Okakura Kakuzo

"Come, oh come, ye tea-thirsty restless ones, the kettle boils, bubbles and sings musically."
Rabindranath Tagore

 "My dear, if you could give me a cup of tea to clear my muddle of a head I should better understand your affairs."
Charles Dickens

 "The spirit of the tea beverage is one of peace, comfort and refinement."
Arthur Gray

"Tea! thou soft, thou sober sage and venerable liquid... thou female tongue-running, smile-smoothing, heart-opening, wind-tippling cordial, to whose glorious insipidity I owe the happiest moment of my life. – Let me fall prostrate."
Colley Cibber

"Enjoy life sip by sip, not gulp by gulp."
The Minister of Leaves

"Tea – the cups that cheer but not inebriate."
William Cowper

"I am in no way interested in immortality,
but only in the taste of tea."
Lu tung

"One sip of this will bathe the drooping spirits in delight beyond the bliss of dreams.

...for tea, though ridiculed by those who are naturally coarse in their nervous sensibilities, or are become so from wine-drinking, and are not susceptible of influence from so refined a stimulant, will always be the favored beverage of the intellectual...
Thomas De Quincy

"Surely every one is aware of the divine pleasures which attend a wintry fireside; candles at four o'clock, warm hearthrugs, tea, a fair tea-maker, shutters closed, curtains flowing in ample draperies to the floor, whist the wind and rain are raging audibly without."
Thomas De Quincey


Tea and Poetry

At last the secret is out,
as it always must come in the end,
The delicious story is ripe to tell an intimate friend;
Over tea-cups and in the square the tongue has its desire;
Still waters run deep, my dear,
there's never smoke without fire.

W.H Auden

Now stir the fire, and close the shutters fast,
Let fall the curtains, wheel the sofa around,
And while the bubbling and loud-hissing urn
Throws up a steamy column, and the cups
That cheer but not inebriate, wait on each,
So let us welcome peaceful evening in.

William Cowper

We had a kettle, we let it leak;
Our not replacing it made it worse,
We haven't had any tea for a week...
The bottom is out of the Universe!

Rudyard Kipling

Steam rises from a cup of tea
and we are wrapped in history,
inhaling ancient times and lands,
comfort of ages in our hands.

Faith Greenbowl

I invite you magnanimously
to please be my guest for tea
at a room with high standards of taste
where the hostess remembers my face
and greets me by name at the door
and recalls what I've ordered before
and inquires kindly after my day,
and appreciates all that I say.

She'll have orange pekoe for the pot
and darjeeling, as likely as not,
or if you are not in the pink
our hostess knows which herbs to drink,
like ginger to help with the grippe
mixed with cinnamon and the rose hip;
or fresh lemon balm if you wish,
perhaps blended with sweet licorice.

So whether you feel well or ill,
this refreshment will quite fit the bill
and, of course, you will quite enjoy me.
Yours truly. RSVP

Aubrey Henslow



(for our little onesLaughing)  

I'm a little teapot, short and stout.
Here is my handle,
(one hand on hip)
here is my spout
(other arm out straight)

When I get all steamed up, hear me shout
Just tip me over and pour me out!
(lean over and tip arm out like a spout)

I'm a clever teapot, yes it's true
Here's an example of what I can do
I can change my handle to my spout

(switch arm positions and repeat tipping motion)
Just tip me over and pour me out