Collect as precious pearls the words of the wise and virtuous

Abdelkader El Djezairi 

Reading a line, phrase or excerpt from a famous leader, author, actor, poet, artist, or other inspiring person, can remind us and affirm what we may already know to be true, but may have forgotten. Like pearls of wisdom, they seize our attention, creating a moment of lucid clarity that can inspire, motivate, change our mindset and increase our beliefs.

Quotes can be uplifting and apt reminders of how we would like to live our lives. Interesting quotes give us a new perspective in difficult times and provide a fresh approach that gladdens the heart to make us feel enlivened. I hope you enjoy the following favourites from my collection.

“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 shaded lights, the scent of buttered toast, the general atmosphere of leisured coziness.”

PG Woodehouse

According to my daughters, my most irritating habit is asking for cups of tea.”

Neil Gaiman

“The daintiness and yet elegance of a china teacup focuses one to be gentle, to think warmly, and to feel close.”

Carol and Malcom Cohen

I declare,… a man who wishes to make his way in life could do nothing better than go through the world with a boiling tea-kettle in his hand.

Sydney Smith 1855

A crisis pauses during tea

Tea is also a sort of spiritual refreshment, an elixir of clarity and wakeful tranquility. Respectfully preparing tea and partaking of it mindfully create heart-to-heart conviviality, a way to go beyond this world and enter a realm apart. No pleasure is simpler, no luxury cheaper, no consciousness-altering agent more benign.

James Norwood Pratt

Every time I drink hot tea I suddenly feel very sophisticated and I subconsciously begin to gravitate toward a British accent.

Keith Wynn

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.

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.

“There is no trouble so great or grave 

that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea.”

Bernard-Paul Heroux

“A cup of tea would restore my normality.”

Douglas Williams

For me starting the day without a pot of tea would be a day forever out of kilter.

Bill Drommond

“The perfect cup of tea is the one you’re drinking right now”

Corrine Smith 2017

“Great love affairs start with Champagne and end with tisane.

Honore de Balzac

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 Essay on Tea

Tea is like the whole world in a small cup.

Zhanna Koiviola

“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

But brewing tea is like cooking — there are ways to get the best out of the leaf. There are rules around tea for a reason, and we find that sticking to them produces the best cup possible. That said, I think the perfect cup of tea is the one you love.

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

Come and share a pot of tea,

My home is warm and my friendship’s free

Emilie Barnes

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


There is no need to have any special attitude while drinking except one of thankfulness. The nature of the tea itself is that of no-mind.

Pojong Sunim

What a part of confidante has that poor tea pot played ever since the kindly plant was

introduced among us! What myriads of women have cried over it, to be sure! What

sick beds it has smoked by! What fevered lips have received refreshment from it! Nature meant very kindly by women when she made the tea-plant; and with a little thought, what a series of pictures and groups the fancy may conjure

up and assemble round the teapot and cup.

William Makepeace Thackeray

Tea:  a moment of peace from the constant battles of life.

Terri Guillemets

Pausing a moment, Mrs. Wilkins looked musingly at the steam of the tea‑kettle, as if through its silvery haze she saw her early home again.

Louisa May Alcott A cure for Despair 1873

“When you have nobody you can make a cup of tea for, when nobody needs you, that’s when I think life is over.

Audrey Hepburn

Tea elevates our minds so that we can see our problems from a distance — through the fine mists of contemplation.

Terri Guillements

“While her lips talked culture, her heart was planning to invite him to tea”

EM Forster – Howards End

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, does not try it on.

Billy Connolly

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

CS Lewis

“I want the home about me: candles burning, curtains drawn, warmth, tea, friendship, love.”

Winston Graham , Jeremy Poldark

“A good conversation starts with a cup of tea.”

Myiesha Carlos

“There’s always time for a cup of Tea’

Noelle Stevenson

“It was very hard to rant while accepting a cup of tea.”

Lauren Willig- The English Wife

“Home is where the tea is.”

Js Devivre The Tea Traveller’s Constant Companion

“A traditional Englishman drinks tea to the point where his blood has long-since been replaced with an infusion of Ceylon, Assam, and Darjeeling.”

Fennel Hudson

“One of Francie’s favorite stores was the one which sold nothing but tea, coffee, and spices. It was an exciting place of rows of lacquered bins and strange, romantic, exotics odors. There were a dozen scarlet coffee bins with adventurous words written across the front in black China ink: Brazil! Argentine! Turkish! Java! Mixed Blend! The tea was in smaller bins: beautiful bins with sloping covers. They read: Oolong! Formosa! Orange Pekoe! Black China! Flowering Almond! Jasmine! Irish Tea! The spices were in miniature bins behind the counter. Their names marches in a row across the shelves: cinnamon– cloves– ginger– all-spice– ball nutmeg–curry– peppercorns– sage– thyme– marjoram.”

Betty Smith A Tree Grows In Brooklyn

“You can kill me when I no longer enjoy a cup of tea”

Carrie Tiffany , Mateship with birds

“It is not a cold day, but she looks warmed by the tea. Tea has that effect on people. I love watching it bring comfort

Hannah Tunnicliffe The Colour of Tea

“That’s what sofas are for: sit down, drink a cup of tea, talk of literature. At least that’s how I see it.”

Sophie Divry, Signatura 400

“Some days ‘staying put’ might feel the same as Going Nowhere.

Make a cup of tea, and wait for that feeling to pass.”

Vivian Swift

“There are few nicer things than sitting up in bed, drinking strong tea, and reading.”

Alan Clark

I am a hardened and shameless tea drinker, who for twenty years diluted his meals with only the infusion of the plant; who with tea amused the evening, with tea solaced the midnight and with tea welcomed the morning.

Samuel Johnson

Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one. 

Ancient Chinese Proverb

The best kind of rain, of course, is a cozy rain. This is the kind the anonymous medieval poet makes me remember, the rain that falls on a day when you’d just as soon stay in bed a little longer, write letters or read a good book by the fire, take early tea with hot scones and jam and look out the streaked window with complacency. 

Susan Allen Toth

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

The very sight of a teapot puts a smile on the face of most people. One cannot help but  think of more serene and genteel times. From a whimsical child’s teapot to an elegant English Teapot, to collectible teapots that adorn some homes,

they are a subtle reminder of all that is good in this world.

Barbara Roberts

Tea! Bless ordinary everyday afternoon tea!

Agatha Christie

Tea, though ridiculed by those who are naturally coarse in their nervous sensibilities will always be the favorite beverage of the intellectual.

Thomas de Quinc

Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea.

Henry Fielding

Tea is quiet and our thirst for tea is never far from our craving for beauty.

Norwood Pratt

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

Tea- the cups that cheer but not inebriate.

William Cowper

The best quality tea must have the creases like the leather boots 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 earth newly swept by rain.

Lu Yu

Immortals, hear, said Jove, and cease to jar! Tea must succeed to Wine as Peace to War. Nor by the grape let man be set at odds, but share in Tea, the nectar of the Gods.

Peter Antine Motteaux

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

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

John Milton

The first sip of tea is always the best… you cringe as it burns the back of your throat, knowing you just had the hottest carpe-diem portion.

Terri Guillemets

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

Tea is an art and can be elegant or simple and spiritual.

Katrina Avila Munichiello

What a part of confidante has that poor teapot played ever since the kindly plant was introduced among us! What myriads of women have cried over it, to be sure! What sickbeds it has smoked by! What fevered lips have received refreshment from out of it! Nature meant very gently by women when she made that tea plant; and with a little thought what a series of pictures and groups the fancy may conjure up and assemble round the teapot and cup!

William Makepeace Thackeray

Tea is unlike any other beverages. It connects invisibly through time and space, to the past and to others who find solace in tea.

Katrina Avila Munichiello

Mountain flowers are bringing out their beauty while tea sprouts their fragrance.

Chen Chong Ping

Tea has always meant different things to different people, though looking at the long scroll of tea history, one must recognize that its ultimate expression is as meditation— a step towards the deep and silent space just beyond the threshold of our hearts when they’re opened.

Aaron Fisher

If it’s not your cup of tea— don’t drink it.

Christine O’Brien

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

Dorothea Johnson

I got nasty habits; I take tea at three. ~

Mick Jagger

There is a subtle charm in the taste of tea which makes it irresistible and capable of idealization. Western humorists were not slow to mingle the fragrance of their thought with its aroma. It has not the arrogance of wine, the self-consciousness of coffee, nor the simpering innocence of cocoa.

Okakura Kakuzō

As far as her mom was concerned, tea fixed everything. Have a cold? Have some tea. Broken bones? There’s a tea for that too. Somewhere in her mother’s pantry, Laurel suspected, was a box of tea that said, ‘In case of Armageddon, steep three to five minutes’.

Aprilynne Pike

Tea … is one of those rare treasures, enjoyed throughout the world, that actually benefits health. ~

Kit Chow

Doing nothing is respectable at tea.

Sasaki Sanmi

I had a little tea party / This afternoon at three. / ‘Twas very small– / Three guest in all– / Just I, myself and me. / Myself ate all the sandwiches, / While I drank up the tea; / ‘Twas also I who ate the pie / And passed the cake to me.

Jessica Nelson North

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

Bill WatTerson

Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea. ~

Henry James

Where there’s tea there’s hope

Arthur Wing Pinero

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

Noel Coward

You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me. ~

C.S. Lewis

“Tea will take you there”

Ags Sachs

Quotes collection by Di Baker 2020

Images courtesy of Unspalsh

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