TEA QUOTES

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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.

THICH NHAT HANH, The Miracle of Mindfulness

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When you sit in a café, with a lot of music in the background and a lot of projects in your head, you're not really drinking your coffee or your tea. You're drinking your projects, you're drinking your worries. You are not real, and the coffee is not real either. Your coffee can only reveal itself to you as a reality when you go back to your self and produce your true presence, freeing yourself from the past, the future, and from your worries. When you are real, the tea also becomes real and the encounter between you and the tea is real. This is genuine tea drinking.

THICH NHAT HANH, Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames

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I am Chinese. Tea is in my very bones.

KIT CHOW, All the Tea in China

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Tea is a work of art and needs a master hand to bring out its noblest qualities. We have good and bad teas, as we have good and bad paintings -- generally the latter.

KAKUZO OKAKURA, Book of Tea

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I'd always considered tea a relatively simple beverage. The British, of course, could not disagree more. An individual's particular tea preference is a lifelong commitment. Sharp lines are drawn. "How do you take your tea?" is perhaps the most loaded question in the British language. Milk or no milk? Sugar or no sugar? How long to steep? And unless you're ready for all out war, don't even think about asking whether the milk should be added before or after the water because you'll be dragged into a bitter dispute drawn along age-old lines of class and region, and as an American, your opinion won't count anyway.

JESSICA PAN, "What Americans can learn from the soothing British ritual of tea time", The Week, May 23, 2017

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Tea began as a medicine and grew into a beverage.

KAKUZO OKAKURA, Book of Tea

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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, The New Tea Book

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

KAKUZO OKAKURA, Book of Tea

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Now, there is no harm in a teapot, even if it contains tea, if it is let alone.

BRIGHAM YOUNG, Journal of Discourses

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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, Mrs. Lirriper's Legacy

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The scattered tea goes with the leaves and every day a sunset dies.

WILLIAM FAULKNER, Intruder in the Dust

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When I makes tea I makes tea, as old mother Grogan said. And when I makes water I makes water.

JAMES JOYCE, Ulysses

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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, Illusions

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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, "The Tea Party"

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If you have one teapot
And can brew your tea in it
That will do quite well.
How much does he lack himself
Who must have a lot of things?

SEN NO RIKYU, attributed, Tea: A Miscellany Steeped with Trivia, History and Recipes

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When tea becomes ritual, it takes its place at the heart of our ability to see greatness in small things. Where is beauty to be found? In great things that, like everything else, are doomed to die, or in small things that aspire to nothing, yet know how to set a jewel of infinity in a single moment?

MURIEL BARBERY, The Elegance of the Hedgehog

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Tea is like a beautiful woman, never to be judged for her appearance. She has to be judged by her character.

NIRMAL SETHIA, "British-Indian billionaire Nirmal Sethia's love for tea has made him an avid collector of accessories", The National, March 27, 2017

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

KIT CHOW, All the Tea in China

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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, foreword, New Tastes in Green Tea

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

DOROTHEA JOHNSON, Tea & Etiquette

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