Tea Sayings and Quotes

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


There are those who love to get dirty and fix things. They drink coffee at dawn, beer after work. And those who stay clean, just appreciate things. At breakfast they have milk and juice at night. There are those who do both, they drink tea.     

Gary Snyder

When you have nobody you can make a cup of tea for, when nobody needs you, that's when I think life is over.     

Audrey Hepburn

Tea, though ridiculed by those who are naturally coarse in their nervous sensibilities will always be the favorite beverage of the intellectual.     

Thomas de Quincey

Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea.     

Henry Fielding

Make tea, not war.      

Monty Python

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

James Norwood Pratt

Tea is drunk to forget the din of the world.      

T'ien Yi-heng

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.     

William Ewart

If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty.      

Japanese Proverb

There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life.      

Lin Yutang

There is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea.      

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I always fear that creation will expire before tea-time.      

Rev. Sydney Smith

Tea- the cups that cheer but not inebriate.      

William Cowper

Ecstasy is a glass full of tea and a piece of sugar in the mouth.      

Alexander Puskin

The best quality tea must have the creases like the leather boots of Tartar horsemen, curl like the dewlap of a mighty 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

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

In my own hands I hold a bowl of tea; I see all of nature represented in its green color. Closing my eyes, I find green mountains and pure water within my own heart. Silently sitting alone and drinking tea, I feel these become a part of me.      

Sen Soshitsu

Tea is wealth itself, because there is nothing that cannot be lost, no problem that will not disappear, no burden that will not float away, between the first sip and the last.      

The Minister of Leaves, The Republic of Tea

The mere chink of cups and saucers tunes the mind to happy repose.      

George Gissing

The spirit of the tea beverage is one of peace, comfort, and refinement.      

Arthur Gray

One sip of this will bathe the drooping spirits in delight, beyond the bliss of dreams.      

John Milton

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

Tea! thou soft, thou sober, sage, and venerable liquid,... thou female tongue-running, smile-smoothing, heart-opening, wind-tippling cordial, to whose glorious insipidity I owe the happiest moment of my life, let me fall prostrate.      

Colley Cibber

The first sip of tea is always the best... you cringe as it burns the back of your throat, knowing you just had the hottest carpe-diem portion.      

Terri Guillemets

Who would then deny that when I am sipping tea in my tearoom I am swallowing the whole universe with it and that this very moment of my lifting the bowl to my lips is eternity itself transcending time and space?      

D.T. Suzuki

Tea's proper use is to amuse the idle, relax the studious, and dilute the full meals of those who cannot use exercise, and will not use abstinence.      

Samuel Johnson

Tea tempers the spirit and harmonizes the mind; dispels lassitude and relieves fatigue, awakens thought and prevents drowsiness.      

Lu Yu

The Philosophy of Tea is not mere aestheticism ... for it expresses conjointly with ethics and religion our whole point of view about man and nature. It is hygiene, for it enforces cleanliness; it is economics, for it shows comfort in simplicity rather than in the complex and costly; it is moral geometry, inasmuch as it defines our sense of proportion to the universe.     

Kakuzo Okakura

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