Cup Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old cup quotes, cup sayings, and cup proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


The usefulness of a cup is its emptiness.     

Bruce Lee

What goes best with a cup of coffee? Another cup.     

Henry Rollins

In order to taste my cup of water you must first empty your cup.     

Bruce Lee

Empty your cup so that it may be filled; become devoid to gain totality.      

Bruce Lee

The cup which my Saviour giveth me, can it be anything but a cup of salvation?     

Alexander Maclaren

A cup brimful of sweetness cannot spill even one drop of bitter water, no matter how suddenly jarred.     

Amy Carmichael

Fill the cup of happiness for others, and there will be enough overflowing to fill yours to the brim.     

Rose Pastor Stokes

When your cup is empty, you do not mourn what is gone. Because if you do, you will miss the opportunity to fill it again.     

Sarah Addison Allen

For you the cup isn't half full or half empty, you're always topping it up.     

Rowena Cory Daniells

The cup of innocence will always overflow with the liquid of experience.     

Anthony T. Hincks

You have to fill your cup. You then give away the overflowing, but you keep a cupful for yourself.     

Wynonna Judd

We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.     

Ray Bradbury

The cup of Ireland's misery has been overflowing for centuries and is not yet half full.     

Boyle Roche

A flawless cup: how delicate and fine The flowing curve of every jewelled line! Look, turn it up or down, 'tis perfect still-- But holds no drop of life's heart-warming wine.     

Henry Van Dyke

Without a strong cup to carry the emotion, it is only a curiosity. Great art can come to us only in strong cups. Without emotion, there is nothing to carry.     

Nadia Boulanger

The cup of joy is heaviest when empty.     

Margaret of Valois

Our cup will truly run over only after we have sealed the character cracks.     

John D. Rockefeller

Every inordinate cup is unbless'd, and the ingredient is a devil.     

William Shakespeare

There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over, and men are no longer willing to be plunged into the abyss of despair.     

Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is because of its emptiness that the cup is useful.     

Carole Wilkinson

Lifting our cup means sharing our life so we can celebrate it. When we truly believe we are called to lay down our lives for our friends, we must dare to take the risk to let others know what we are living.     

Henri J.M. Nouwen

A cup of tea is a cup of peace.     

Priyanka Priya

A cup of tea would restore my normality.     

Douglas Adams

The cup of suffering is not the same size for everyone.     

Paulo Coelho

Life is like a cup of tea, the sugar is all at the bottom!     

Julia Ward Howe

A cup of tea at the ready and a jug of water will suffice just fine.     

S.A. Tawks

Nothing like a cup of tea to make a person feel better, man or woman.      

Daphne du Maurier

You can't get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.     

C. S. Lewis

Life is just one cup of coffee after another, and don't look for anything else.     

Bertrand Russell

Life is a cup of tea; the more heartily we drink the sooner we reach the dregs.     

James M. Barrie