Tea Stories

Jerome K. Jerome (Three Men In A Boat) March 27 2017

"It is very strange, this domination of our intellect by our digestive organs. We cannot work, we cannot think, unless our stomachs wills so. It dictates to us our emotions, our passions. After eggs and bacon, it ways, "work!" After beefsteak and porter, it says 
"sleep!" After a cup of tea (two spoonsful for each cup, and don't let it stand more than three minutes), it says to the brain, "now rise and show your strength. Be eloquent and deep and tender; see, with a clear eye into nature and into life; spread your white wings of quivering thought, and soar, a god-like spirit, over the whirling world beneath you and up through long lanes of flaming stares to the gates of eternity!"

T'ien Yi-heng March 25 2017

Tea is drunk to forget the din of the world.

James Norwood Pratt March 24 2017

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

Soshitsu Sen XV, quoted b Kenneth S.Cohen March 23 2017

A cup of tea is a cup of peace.

William Ewart Gladstone March 22 2017

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.

Saying quoted in Sasaki Sanmi, Sadlo Saijiki March 22 2017

Doing nothing is respectable at tea.

George Gissing March 21 2017

Perhaps it is while drinking tea that I most of all enjoy the sense of leisure.

(The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft, 1903)


George Gissing March 20 2017

One of the shining moments of my day is that when, having returned a little weary from an afternoon walk, I exchange boots for slippers, outdoor coat for easy, familiar, shabby jacket, and, in my deep, soft-elbowed chair, await the tea-tray ... How delicious is the soft yet penetrating odor which floats into my study, with the appearance of the teapot! What a glow does it bring after a walk in the chilly rain!

(The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft 1903)


Agnes Repplier: To Think of Tea! March 19 2017

... a land of sheltered homes and warm firesides - firesides that were waiting, waiting for the bubbling kettle and the fragrant breath of tea.

Rob Temple. @SoVeryBritish March 18 2017

The heartbreak of finding an empty teacup when you thought there was one gulp to go.(Very British Problems: Making Life Awkward for Ourselves, One Rainy Day at a Time, 2013).This is a very funny book.

Uson, quoted in Sasaki Sanmi, Sado Saijiki March 17 2017

The sounds of tea being made invite the peach blossoms to peep in through the window.

Pojong Sunim March 16 2017

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.

Thich Nat Hahn March 14 2017

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.

Wilkie Collins March 13 2017

My hour for tea is half-past five e, and my buttered toast waits for nobody.

Chang loo c.828 March 12 2017

Tea is a beverage which not only quenches thirst, but dissipates sorrow.

Chinese Proverb March 11 2017

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

My Mother's early tea drinking activities March 10 2017

My dear departed Mum told me that when she was at Boarding School, (Holt Hill Convent in Birkenhead, Merseyside), they would save their tea leaves after they emptied the teapot, dry the leaves out, spread them out on sheets of brown paper, cut into small pieces, and smoke them out of the bedroom windows at The Convent. And we think we are a breed of delinquents. They sure had it going in the late 1800's.She was born in 1887 so this would be around 1900.

More from George Orwell March 09 2017

"I know very well that I am in a minority here. But still, hhow can you call yourself a true tea-lover if you destroy the flavor of your tea by putting sugar in it? It would be equally reasonable to put pepper or salt. Tea is meant to be bitter just as beer is meant to be bitter. If you sweeten it, you are no longer tasting the tea, you are merely tasting the sugar; you could make a ver similar drink by dissolving sugar in plain hot water."

from: A Nice Cup of Tea in the Evening Standard, 12th January 1946.


Another cup of light March 08 2017

The first cup of the day is often shy and light. So don't hurry ... a gentle prelude is just the thing to begin with. As you add milk, you watch the wonder brew come alive in all its majesty. All that's left then is too give in to the charm, and unravel the secrets sip by sip.

Brew a cup of Life March 07 2017

Tea is sunlight held together by water. It sifts through your being and lights up your mood. It inspires poems, stirs up observations and kicks off the day. It gently awakes, bit by bit in a teapot filled with boiling water, so take your time as you brew one big up of life.

George Orwell March 06 2017

"I maintain that one strong cup of tea is better than 20 weak ones. All true tea-lovers mot only like their tea strong, but like it a little stronger with each year that passes."

A Nice Cup of Tea.. Evening standard, 12th January, 1946.


Cartage March 05 2017

In the 17th century, the journey between India and Britain took about 12 to 15 months. Transportation costs and extremely high taxes made tea such an expensive product that only rich people could afford to drink it. However, later in the 18th century, taxes were reduced, and the the Suez Canal opened in 1869, reducing the journey to about three months thus making it much more affordable to the masses. 


Richard Branson March 04 2017

Our ever effervescent entrepreneur, Richard Branson said recently that he drinks up to about 28 cups of English Breakfast Tea per day. I always wondered what was the secret of his success. Now we know. 


Caddy spoons March 03 2017

Caddy spoons were often shaped like a seashell. Some of them were also made out of fine filigree in the days when dust (or "mote") was still a problem. There were many  very artistic designs, carved out of tortoiseshell, pearl, ivory, and in sterling silver and silver plate. Many people made them collector's items, and still do.