Quotes about tea

A collection of quotes on the topic of cooking, coffee, food, tea.

Best quotes about tea

Theodore Roosevelt photo

„Believe you can and you're halfway there.“

—  Theodore Roosevelt American politician, 26th president of the United States 1858 - 1919

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Margaret Mead photo

„Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.“

—  Margaret Mead American anthropologist 1901 - 1978

Variant: Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.

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„Be thine own palace, or the world's thy jail.“

—  John Donne English poet 1572 - 1631

Source: The Poems of John Donne; Miscellaneous Poems (Songs and Sonnets) Elegies. Epithalamions, or Marriage Songs. Satires. Epigrams. the Progress of

„Either you run the day, or the day runs you.“

—  Jim Rohn American motivational speaker 1930 - 2009

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„The only Zen you find on tops of mountains is the Zen you bring there.“

—  Robert M. Pirsig, book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Source: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974), Ch. 20
Context: Zen is the "spirit of the valley." The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.

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William Shakespeare photo

„God hath given you one face, and you make yourself another.“

—  William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Source: Hamlet

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„You are the music while the music lasts.“

—  T.S. Eliot 20th century English author 1888 - 1965

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John Lennon photo

„You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us. And the world will live as one.“

—  John Lennon English singer and songwriter 1940 - 1980

Lyrics, Imagine (1971 album)

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„Who are you to judge the life I live?
I know I'm not perfect
-and I don't live to be-
but before you start pointing fingers…
make sure you hands are clean!“

—  Bob Marley Jamaican singer, songwriter, musician 1945 - 1981

Could you be loved
Uprising (1979)
Variant: I know that I'm not perfect and that I don't claim to be,
so before you point your fingers make sure your hands are clean.
Context: Who are you to judge the life I live?
I know that I'm not perfect and that I don't claim to be,
so before you point your fingers make sure your hands are clean.

Oprah Winfrey photo

„Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.“

—  Oprah Winfrey American businesswoman, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist 1954

Variant: Everyone wants to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.

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„I want to grow. I want to be better. You Grow. We all grow. We're made to grow. You either evolve or you disappear.“

—  Tupac Shakur rapper and actor 1971 - 1996

Posthumous attributions, Tupac: Resurrection (2003)
Variant: You grow, we all grow, we're made to grow. You either evolve or disappear.

Citát „Let the world change you and you can change the world“
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Timothy Leary photo

„If you want to change the way people respond to you, change the way you respond to people.“

—  Timothy Leary American psychologist 1920 - 1996

Changing My Mind, Among Others (1982)

Charlie Parker photo

„Any musician who says he is playing better either on tea, the needle, or when he is juiced, is a plain, straight liar. When I get too much to drink, I can't even finger well, let alone play decent ideas. … You can miss the most important years of your life, the years of possible creation.“

—  Charlie Parker American jazz saxophonist and composer 1920 - 1955

As quoted in Hear Me Talkin' to Ya: The Story of Jazz As Told by the Men Who Made It (1955) edited by by Nat Shapiro and Nat Hentoff, p. 379

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„You can't get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.“

—  Clive Staples Lewis Christian apologist, novelist, and Medievalist 1898 - 1963

As quoted in Of This and Other Worlds (1982) by Walter Hooper, Preface, p. 9

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„No one can construct for you the bridge upon which precisely you must cross the stream of life, no one but you yourself alone.“

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, Untimely Meditations

Niemand kann dir die Brücke bauen, auf der gerade du über den Fluß des Lebens schreiten mußt, niemand außer dir allein.
“Schopenhauer as educator,” § 3.1, R. Hollingdale, trans. (1983), p. 129
Untimely Meditations (1876)

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„If someone betrays you once, it’s their fault; if they betray you twice, it’s your fault.“

—  Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962

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„Women are like tea bags. You never know how strong they are until you put them in hot water.“

—  Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962

Another quote often attributed to her without an original source in her writings, as in The Wit and Wisdom of Eleanor Roosevelt (1996), p. 199. But once again archivists have not been able to find the quote in any of her writings, see the comment from Ralph Keyes in The Quote Verifier above.
A very similar remark was attributed to Nancy Reagan, in The Observer (29 March 1981): "A woman is like a teabag — only in hot water do you realize how strong she is."
A woman is like a teabag. You never know how strong she is until she gets into hot water.
A woman is like a tea bag, you can not tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.
A woman is like a tea bag; you can't tell how strong she is and how much to trust her until you put her in hot water.

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„I don't drink coffee I take tea my dear
I like my toast done on one side…"


—  Sting English musician 1951

Source: Nothing Like the Sun

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„When I was a child my mother said to me, 'If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.' Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.“

—  Pablo Picasso Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer 1881 - 1973

As quoted in Life with Picasso, by François Gilot, 1964, p. 60

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„You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be.“

—  Napoleon Hill American author 1883 - 1970

Source: Think and Grow Rich: The Landmark Bestseller - Now Revised and Updated for the 21st Century

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„My boss treated me like a slave and I felt completely degraded. Then, just once, I did a terrible thing - I peed in his tea! Watching him drink it, my grudges completely dissolved - I never minded making tea for him again.“

—  Uri Geller Israeli illusionist 1946

"Uri Geller recalls his pre-spoon-bending days; Interview by Rae Lewis," The Evening Standard (London), November 2, 1998

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„Unfortunately, we're all out of bitter revenge at the moment, so it's either tea or nothing.“

—  Cassandra Clare, book City of Bones

Hodge and Clary, pg. 75
Source: The Mortal Instruments, City of Bones (2007)
Context: "Is there anything I could get for you?" he asked. "Something to drink? Some tea?"
"I don't want tea," said Clary, with a muffled force. "I want to find my mother. And then I want to find out who took her in the first place, and I want to kill them."
"Unfortunately," said Hodge, "we're all out of bitter revenge at the moment, so it's either tea or nothing."

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„Tea! Bless ordinary everyday afternoon tea!“

—  Agatha Christie English mystery and detective writer 1890 - 1976

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„They’re a rotten crowd’, I shouted across the lawn. ‘You’re worth the whole damn bunch put together.“

—  F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Variant: They're a rotten lot," I shouted, across the lawn. "You're worth the whole damn bunch put together.
Source: The Great Gatsby

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„Some people will tell you there is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea.“

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882

Source: Letters and Social Aims

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„Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors.“

—  Alice Walker, book The Color Purple

Source: The Color Purple

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

—  Noel Coward English playwright, composer, director, actor and singer 1899 - 1973

„Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.“

—  Bill Watterson American comic artist 1958

Variant: Blustery cold days should be spend propped up in bed with a mug of hot chocolate and a pile of comic books.
Source: The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book

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„The way you wear your hat,
The way you sip your tea,
The mem'ry of all that –
No, no! They can't take that away from me!“

—  Ira Gershwin American lyricist 1896 - 1983

"They Can't Take That Away from Me", Shall We Dance.

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„Tea is one of the main stays of civilization in this country.“

—  George Orwell English author and journalist 1903 - 1950

Source: Smothered Under Journalism: 1946

„The good doctor put a spoon of tea into my honey." "You're drinking tea a honey badger made," Jim said. "What did you expect?“

—  Ilona Andrews American husband-and-wife novelist duo

Source: Magic Bleeds

Kakuzo Okakura photo

„Tea… is a religion of the art of life.“

—  Kakuzo Okakura, book The Book of Tea

Source: The Book of Tea

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„Why sip from a tea cup, when you can drink from the river.“

—  Steve Martin American actor, comedian, musician, author, playwright, and producer 1945

Source: L.A. Story and Roxanne: Screenplays

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George Harrison photo

„Show me that I m everywhere and get me home for tea.“

—  George Harrison British musician, former member of the Beatles 1943 - 2001

Arnold Bennett photo

„The proper, wise balancing
of one's whole life may depend upon the
feasibility of a cup of tea at an unusual hour.“

—  Arnold Bennett English novelist 1867 - 1931

Source: How to Live on 24 Hours a Day

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„Lady Nancy Astor: If I were your wife I'd put poison in your coffee.
Churchill: If I were your husband I'd drink it.“

—  Winston S. Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1874 - 1965

Dates to 1899, American humor origin, originally featuring a woman upset by a man's cigar smoking. Cigar often removed in later versions, coffee added in 1900. Incorrectly attributed in Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan, Glitter and Gold (1952).
See various early citations and references to refutations at “If you were my husband, I’d poison your coffee” (Nancy Astor to Churchill?) http://www.barrypopik.com/index.php/new_york_city/entry/if_you_were_my_husband_id_poison_your_coffee_nancy_astor_to_churchill, Barry Popik, The Big Apple,' February 09, 2009
Early examples include 19 November 1899, Gazette-Telegraph (CO), "Tales of the Town," p. 7, and early attributions are to American humorists Marshall P. Wilder and De Wolf Hopper.
Churchill by Himself: The Definitive Collection of Quotations, by Richard Langworth, PublicAffairs, 2008, p. 578.
The Yale Book of Quotations, edited by Fred R. Shapiro, New Haven, CT, Yale University Press, 2006, p. 155.
George Thayer, The Washington Post (April 27, 1971), p. B6.
Variant: Lady Nancy Astor: Winston, if you were my husband, I'd put arsenic in your morning coffee.

Winston Churchill: Madam, if you were my wife, I'd drink it.

Holly Black photo

„The row of dolls watched her impassively from the bookshelf, their tea party propriety almost certainly offended.“

—  Holly Black American children's fiction writer 1971

Source: Tithe

Lewis Carroll photo

„It's always tea-time.“

—  Lewis Carroll, book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Variant: Yes, that's it! Said the Hatter with a sigh, it's always tea time.
Source: Alice in Wonderland

Dr. Seuss photo

„You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go…“

—  Dr. Seuss American children's writer and illustrator, co-founder of Beginner Books 1904 - 1991

Variant: You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go.
Source: Oh, The Places You'll Go!

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„But indeed I would rather have nothing but tea.“

—  Jane Austen, book Mansfield Park

Source: Mansfield Park

Georges Perec photo

„Question your tea spoons.“

—  Georges Perec French writer 1936 - 1982

Species of Spaces and Other Pieces

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„Surely a pretty woman never looks prettier than when making tea.“

—  Mary Elizabeth Braddon, book Lady Audley's Secret

Source: Lady Audley's Secret

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„something almost, but not quite entirely unlike tea“

—  Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy pentalogy

Source: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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Matt Fraction photo

„Nay, father.
Some of us have been killing giants today and aren't in the mood to have a tea party.
- Thor, God of Thunder“

—  Matt Fraction American comic book writer 1975

Source: Thor: Ages of Thunder

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„Making tea is a ritual that stops the world from falling in on you.“

—  Jonathan Stroud, book The Creeping Shadow

Source: The Creeping Shadow

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„Stay away from people who belittle your ambition, small people do that, but great people make you like to be great!“

—  Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910

Variant: Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.

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Oprah Winfrey photo

„With every experience, you alone are painting your own canvas, thought by thought, choice by choice.“

—  Oprah Winfrey American businesswoman, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist 1954

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„Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the whole earth revolves“

—  Thich Nhat Hanh Religious leader and peace activist 1926

The Miracle of Mindfulness (1999)
Context: Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the whole earth revolves—slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. Live the actual moment. Only this actual moment is life.

„I don't want tea, I want justice!“

—  Ally Carter American writer 1974

Source: Uncommon Criminals

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„The Chinese say it is better to be deprived of food for three days than tea for one.“

—  Khaled Hosseini, book A Thousand Splendid Suns

Laila, p. 250
Source: A Thousand Splendid Suns (2007)

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„That cup of tea is definately not down your alley“

—  Jean Ferris American children's writer 1939 - 2015

Source: Once Upon a Marigold

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„The first sip [of tea] is joy, the second is gladness, the third is serenity, the fourth is madness, the fifth is ecstasy.“

—  Jack Kerouac, book The Dharma Bums

Source: The Dharma Bums (1958)
Context: "Now you understand the Oriental passion for tea," said Japhy. "Remember that book I told you about; the first sip is joy, the second is gladness, the third is serenity, the fourth is madness, the fifth is ecstasy."

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„There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life.“

—  Lin Yutang, book The Importance of Living

Source: The Importance of Living (1937), p. 224