Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Tea - Quotes

A simple cup of tea is far from a simple matter. - Mary Lou Heiss

Drinking tea ... punctuates our day with precious and refreshing pauses, whether it is after a satisfying meal or when taking a much-needed break in our busy schedule. - Mutsuko Tokunaga

Ever since tea was first discovered, its cultivation and consumption have been encouraged because of its apparent ability to ward off disease, strengthen powers of concentration, cleanse the body, and aid digestion. Legends of its medicinal properties reached Europe and the New World from China, intriguing the Western consumer, and now, centuries later, modern research has begun to confirm many of those early beliefs. - Jane Pettigrew

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

I say let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea. - Fyodor Dostoevsky

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

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

If you ask Zen people, they will say tea is not something that you pour with unawareness and drink like any other drink. It is not a drink, it is meditation; it is prayer. So they listen to the kettle creating a melody, and in that listening they become more silent, more alert. - Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

In an age when everyone is constantly busy and short of time, what could be more enjoyable than taking time to indulge in what was once part of everyday life, but has now become a luxury – afternoon tea. - Lesley Mackley

In English society while there is tea there is hope. - Arthur Wing Pinero

In my own hands I hold a bowl of tea; I see all of nature represented in its green colour. Closing my eyes, I find green mountains and pure water within my own heart. Silently sitting alone and drinking tea, I feel these become a part of me. - Sen Soshitsu

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

One sip of this will bathe the drooping spirits in delight, beyond the bliss of dreams. - John Milton

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

Tea ... is one of those rare treasures, enjoyed throughout the world, that actually benefits health. - Kit Chow

Tea beckons us to enjoy quality time with friends and loved ones, and especially to rediscover the art of relaxed conversation. - Dorothea Johnson

Tea began as a medicine and grew into a beverage. - Kakuzo Okakura

Tea is hot and getting hotter. From iced to spiced, from austere black tea to sweetened and milky chai, from a flowery pick-me-up to a healing herbal. No other beverage has such a place in the heart of every civilization. No wonder it is the most popular beverage in the world, next to water. - Sara Perry

Tea is like a perfect gentleman whose nature has no evil. - Brother Anthony of Taize

Tea is more than an idealization of the form of drinking, it is a religion of the art of life. - Kakuzo Okakura

Tea is so important to the Russians that prisoners receive a regular ration as a basic requirement. - Emily Kearns

Tea is wealth itself, because there is nothing that cannot be lost, no problem that will not disappear, no burden that will not float away, between the first sip and the last. - The Minister of Leaves, The Republic of Tea

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. - Lu Yu

Tea! thou soft, thou 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. - Colley Cibber

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. - Okakura Kakuzo

Teapots should be used for tea only. Tea is like a blotter and will pick up off flavours. - Mary Louise Starkey

Tea's proper use is to amuse the idle, and relax the studious, and dilute the full meals of those who cannot use exercise, and will not use abstinence. - Samuel Johnson

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

The Philosophy of Tea is not mere aestheticism ... for it expresses conjointly with ethics and religion our whole point of view about man and nature. It is hygiene, for it enforces cleanliness; it is economics, for it shows comfort in simplicity rather than in the complex and costly; it is moral geometry, inasmuch as it defines our sense of proportion to the universe. - Kakuzo Okakura

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

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

The very act of preparing and serving tea encourages conversation. The little spaces in time created by teatime rituals call out to be filled with conversation. Even the tea itself - warm and comforting-inspires a feeling of relaxation and trust that fosters shared confidences. - Emilie Barnes

There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea. - Henry James

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

There is no problem on Earth that can't be ameliorated by a hot bath and a cup of tea. - Jasper Fforde

There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life. - Lin YuTang

To the Chinese people, tea is like a free spirit. When tea enters the body, one is immediately filled with the nutrition of sunshine, the bright moon, the richness of the land, and the wonderment of the entire universe. - Ling Wang

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

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