Favorite Tea Quotes

“The British have an umbilical cord which has never been cut and through which tea flows constantly. It is curious to watch them in times of sudden horror, tragedy or disaster. The pulse stops apparently and nothing can be done, and no move made, until “a nice cup of tea” is quickly made. There is no question that it brings solace and does steady the mind. What a pity all countries are not so tea-conscious. World-peace conferences would run more smoothly if “a nice cup of tea”, or indeed, a samovar were available at the proper time.” – Marlene Dietrich


“The best quality tea must have creases like the leathern boot of Tartar horsemen, curl like the dewlap of a mighty bullock, unfold like a mist rising out of a ravine, gleam like a lake touched by a zephyr, and be wet and soft like a fine earth newly swept by rain.”

– Lu Yu


“Wouldn’t it be dreadful to live in a country where they didn’t have tea?” – Noel Coward


“I got nasty habits; I take tea at three.” – Mick Jagger


“I am not interested in immortality but only in tea flavour.”- Lu Tung


When asked what tea to drink for different moods Tenuki wrote: “This is like asking me what air I breath for different emotions.”


“Tea is drunk to forget the din of the world.” – T’ien Yiheng


“Rather without food for three days than tea for one.” – Ancient Chinese Proverb


“Find yourself a cup; the teapot is behind you. Now tell me hundreds of things.” – Saki


“Better to be deprived of food for three days than tea for one.” – Ancient Chinese Proverb


“Every cup of tea represents an imaginary journey.” – Catherine Douzel


Teatime for the Firefly ARCShona Patel’s debut novel Teatime for the Firefly, is a love story set in a tea plantation in Assam, India, published by Harlequin/Mira (October 2013)  You can read more about it HERE. Shona Patel is represented by April Eberhardt Literary.

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