Tea is an aromatic beverage prepared by adding cured leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant to hot water. The term also refers to the plant itself. After water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world. It has a cooling, slightly bitter, astringent flavour which many people enjoy.
- 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.
- Matrons, who toss the cup, and see
The grounds of fate in grounds of tea.
- Charles Churchill, The Ghost (1763), Book I, line 117.
- Tea! thou soft, thou sober, sage, and venerable liquid, * * * thou female tongue-running, smile-smoothing, heart-opening, wink-tippling cordial, to whose glorious insipidity I owe the happiest moment of my life, let me fall prostrate.
- Colley Cibber, The Lady's Last Stake (1707), Act I, scene 1.
- I view tea drinking as a destroyer of health, an enfeebler of the frame, an en-genderer of effeminancy and laziness, a debaucher of youth and maker of misery for old age. Thus he makes that miserable progress towards that death which he finds ten or fifteen years sooner than he would have found it if he had made his wife brew beer instead of making tea.
- Now stir the fire, and close the shutters fast,
Let fall the curtains, wheel the sofa round,
And while the bubbling and loud-hissing urn
Throws up a steamy column, and the cups,
That cheer but not inebriate, wait on each,
So let us welcome peaceful evening in.
- William Cowper, The Task (1785), Book IV, line 36.
- 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.
- A man without tea in him is incapable of understanding truth and beauty
- Okakura Kakuzo, The Book of Tea (1906).
- You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.
- Tea is one of the main stays of civilization in this country."
- George Orwell, Smothered under journalism: 1946. Works of George Orwell, Volumen 18, George Orwell, Peter Hobley Davison, Ian Angus, Sheila Davison. Secker & Warburg, 1998, ISBN: 0436203774.
- Where there's tea there's hope.
- Soft yielding Minds to Water glide away,
And sip, with Nymphs, their elemental Tea.
- Alexander Pope, The Rape of the Lock (1712), Canto I.
- Here, thou, great Anna! whom three realms obey,
Dost sometimes counsel take—and sometimes tea.
- Alexander Pope, The Rape of the Lock (1712), Canto III, line 7.
- Come, let us have some tea and continue to talk about happy things.
- Thank God for tea! What would the world do without tea? how did it exist? I am glad I was not born before tea.
- Sydney Smith, Lady Holland's Memoir (1855), Vol. I. P. 383.
- Tea does our fancy aid,
Repress those vapours which the head invade
And keeps that palace of the soul serene.
- Edmund Waller, Of Tea; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 778.
- One day I decided to try to have a complete day without tea. I was quite shaken. I was quite disturbed.
- Morrissey, interviewed for Victoria Wood's Nice Cup of Tea (2013), BBC Televison