Tea Poems and Quotes

Someday I  hope to be the author of a profound statement.  I would even settle for an amusing comment that would appeal to the masses. Until that happens, here are some quotes that you might enjoy along with the authors’ names, those brilliant people who have achieved the success to which I aspire.

If Teacups Could Talk
“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, If Teacups Could Talk
Time for you and time for me,
And time yet for a hundred indecisions,
And for a hundred visions and revisions,
Before the taking of toast and tea
    T.S. Eliot
Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage
    Catherine Douzel
Come along inside….
We’ll see if tea and buns can make the world a better place
  The Wind in the Willows
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.
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 exhausted, it will calm you.
William Gladstone
The soil.
The elevation.
The climate.
The sunshine.
The rain.
The tea.

    The Minister of Leaves
The first cup moistens my lips and throat.
The second shatters my loneliness.
The third causes the wrongs of life to fade gently from my recollection.
The fourth purifies my soul.
The fifth lifts me to the realms of the unwinking gods
    Chinese Mystic, Tang Dynasty
The best tea must have creases like the leather boots of Tartar horsemen, curl like the dewlap of a might 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, A Poem Upon Tea
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
There is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea.
   ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Letters and Social Aims
Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea.
    ~Henry Fielding, Love in Several Masques
Enjoy life sip by sip, not gulp by gulp – The Minister of Leaves
Thank God for Tea! What would the world do without tea? How did it exist? I am glad I was not born before tea! - Rev. Sydney Smith
I always fear that creation will expire before tea time. – Rev. Sydney Smith
My experience…convinced me that tea was better than brandy, and during the last six months in Africa I took no brandy, even when sick, taking tea when sick. - Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) Letter 1912
Although my neighbors are all barbarians and you, you are a thousands miles away, there are always two cups on my table. – Tang Dynasty
Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one. – Ancient Chinese Proverb
Meanwhile, let us have a sip of tea. The afternoon glow is brightening the bamboos, the fountains are bubbling with delight, the soughing of the pines is heard in our kettle. Let us dream of evanescence, and linger in the beautiful foolishness of things. - Okakura Kakuzo
While there is tea, there is hope. – Sir Arthur Pinero
Tea – the cups that cheer but not inebriate. - William Cowper
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, England For All Seasons
There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour devoted to the ceremony known as afternoon tea. – Henry James
We had a kettle; we let it leak:
Our not repairing made it worse.
We haven’t had any tea for a week…
The bottom is out of the Universe.
~Rudyard Kipling
A Loving Recipe for a Perfect Cup of Tea
1 Willing friend who loves to sit and share
1 Grateful heart to have a friend that cares
1 Beautiful garden to show us God is near
Many wonderful memories of times shared throughout the years
Lots of smiles and laughter to brighten up our days
Many prayers that we prayed for each other along the way

I’m so blessed to have a friend like you to share in everything I do. For one special friend sharing a special cup of tea truly makes this a perfect recipe.     ~Anonymous
Small and Early
When Dorothy and I took tea, we sat upon the floor;
No matter how much tea I drank, she always gave me more;
Our table was the scarlet box in which her tea-set came;
Our guests, an armless one-eyed doll, a wooden horse gone lame.
She poured out nothing, very fast,—the tea-pot tipped on high,
And in the bowl found sugar lumps unseen by my dull eye.
She added rich (pretended) cream—it seemed a wilful waste,
For though she overflowed the cup, it did not change the taste.
She asked, “Take milk?” or “Sugar?” and though I answered, “No,”
She put them in, and told me that I “must take it so!”
She ’d say “Another cup, Papa?” and I, “No, thank you, Ma’am,”
But then I had to take it—her courtesy was sham.
Still, being neither green, nor black, nor English-breakfast tea,
It did not give her guests the “nerves”—whatever those may be.
Though often I upset my cup, she only minded when
I would mistake the empty cups for those she ’d filled again.
She tasted my cup gingerly, for fear I ’d burn my tongue;
Indeed, she really hurt my pride—she made me feel so young.
I must have drunk some two score cups, and Dorothy sixteen,
Allowing only needful time to pour them, in between.
We stirred with massive pewter spoons, and sipped in courtly ease,
With all the ceremony of the stately Japanese.
At length she put the cups away. “Goodnight, Papa,” she said;
And I went to a real tea, and Dorothy to bed.—Tudor Jenks
If you want to see me, come on over. If you want to see my house, call first.—Anonymous

A home kept to the end of display is impossible to all but a few women, and their success is dearly bought.—Ralph Waldo Emerson
A few tea and related quotes….
Strange how a teapot can represent at the same time the comforts of solitude and the pleasures of company. ~Author Unknown
Kissing is like drinking tea through a tea-strainer; you’re always thirsty
afterwards–Old Chinese saying
A woman is like a tea bag- you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.
     Eleanor Roosevelt
Remember the tea kettle – it is always up to its neck in hot water, yet it still sings! ~Author Unknown
Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn’t try it on. ~Billy Connolly
You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me. ~C.S. Lewis


The Teapot, Serene and Genteel
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  (This is me enjoying my 15 minutes of fame!)




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