140 Tea Quotes Will Make You Fall in Love with Tea

It’s no secret that tea has existed for centuries. After originating in China, tea traveled the world and steeped into cultures in almost every continent. Tea leaves have crossed land and sea with explorers, armies, poets, and diplomats.

Whether you’re sipping the hot and comforting liquid at a formal afternoon service, or just relaxing with a book, get ready to celebrate tea’s important place in many cultures worldwide.

There have been many words spoken and postulated about this varied beverage. We’ve put together a list of our favorite tea quotes, which may have you fall in love with herbal tea!

To begin brewing, start steeping, and enjoy these tea quotes with your next cuppa.

140 Tea Quotes

Top 10 Tea Quotes

“Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one.” – Ancient Chinese proverb

“I always fear that creation will expire before teatime.” – Sydney Smith

“It’s better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one.” – Chinese proverb

“When I drink tea I am conscious of peace. The cool breath of heaven rises in my sleeves, and blows my cares away.” – Lo Tung

“Do not gulp the tea but sip it slowly allowing its fragrance to fill your mouth. There is no need to have any special attitude while drinking except one of thankfulness.” – Pojong Sunim

“No matter what historians claimed, BC really stood for ‘Before Coffee.’ ” – Cherise Sinclair

“I’m an early riser. I get up between five and six, have coffee, and read for a couple of hours before everyone else gets up.” – David Bowie

“Looking deeply into your tea, you see that you are drinking fragrant plants that are the gift of Mother Earth. You see the labor of the tea pickers; you see the luscious tea fields and plantations in Sri Lanka, China, and Vietnam. You know that you are drinking a cloud; you are drinking the rain. The tea contains the whole universe.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“My hour for tea is half-past five, and my buttered toast waits for nobody.” – Wilkie Collins

“We are like Tea, we don’t know our own Strength until we’re in Hot Water.” – Sister Busche

I don't drink COFFEE I take TEA, my dear!

What is Tea?

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“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

“Tea is the magic key to the vault where my brain is kept.” – Francis Hardinge

“Tea is the magic key to the vault where my brain is kept.” – Frances Hardinge

“Tea is the elixir of life.” – Eisai

“Tea is the elixir of life.”

“Tea is quiet and our thirst for tea is never far from our craving for beauty.” – James Norwood Pratt

“Tea is one of the main stays of civilization in this country.” – George Orwell

“Tea is liquid wisdom.”

“Tea is best when enjoyed in pleasant surroundings, whether indoors or out, where the atmosphere is tranquil, the setting harmonious.” – John Blofeld

“Tea is an answer to most of the problems.”

“Tea is an act complete in its simplicity. When I drink tea, there is only me and the tea. The rest of the world dissolves. There are no worries about the future. No dwelling on past mistakes. Tea is simple: loose-leaf tea, hot pure water, a cup. I inhale the scent, tiny delicate pieces of the tea floating above the cup. I drink the tea, the essence of the leaves becoming a part of me. I am informed by the tea, changed. This is the act of life, in one pure moment, and in this act the truth of the world suddenly becomes revealed: all the complexity, pain, drama of life is a pretense, invented in our minds for no good purpose. There is only the tea, and me, converging.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“Tea is always a good idea.”

“Tea is a part of daily life. It is as simple as eating when hungry and drinking when thirsty.” – Yamamoto Soshun

“Tea … is a religion of the art of life.” – Kakuzo Okakura

Tea. I find that both settles the stomach and concentrates the mind. Wonderful drink, tea.

Funny Tea Quotes

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“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 Communist slogan ‘Workers, arise!’ has come to mean in capitalist countries that it’s time for the coffee break.” – Evan Esar

“In the new artisan coffee movement, Jeremy Challender, a 32-year-old Australian who is one of the founders of Prufrock Coffee, explains precision is everything for the barista.” – Justin Cartwright

“The path to Heaven passes through a teapot.” – Ancient proverb

“As long as there was coffee in the world, how bad could things be?” – Cassandra Clare

“A true warrior, like tea, shows his strength in hot water.” – Chinese Proverb

“Water is the mother of tea, a teapot its father, and fire the teacher.” – Chinese Proverb

“While there is tea, there is hope.” – Arthur Wing Pinero

“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

“The effect of tea is cooling and as a beverage it is most suitable. It is especially fitting for persons of self-restraint and inner worth.” – Lu Yu

“Teaism is a cult founded on the adoration of the beautiful among the sordid facts of everyday existence.” – Kakuzo Okahura

“I got nasty habits – I take tea at three.” – Mick Jagger

“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.”

“Enjoy life sip by sip, not gulp by gulp.” – The Minister of Leaves

“When you are drinking tea, it is basically a private conversation between the tea and your individual soul.” – Lu Ann Pannunzio

“Wouldn’t it be dreadful to live in a country where they didn’t have tea?” – Noel Coward

“Tea! Bless ordinary everyday afternoon tea!” – Agatha Christie

“You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy tea and that’s kind of the same thing.”

Without tea, there is nothing but darkness and chaos.

Tea Quoteslove

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“Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea.” – Henry Fielding

“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.” – Gary Snyder

“Great love affairs start with champagne and end with tisane.” – Honoré de Balzac

“The tea session is modeled after the silence of retreat; a time to enjoy life far removed from daily existence.” – Sen Joo

“Ah coffee. The sweet balm by which we shall accomplish today’s tasks.” – Holly Black

“Surely a pretty woman never looks prettier than when making tea.” – Mary Elizabeth Braddon

People Who Drink Tea are Sexier Than Those who don't.

Tea Quotes Friendship

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“Tea will take you there.” – Ags Sachs

“Tea time is a chance to slow down, pull back and appreciate our surroundings.” – Letitia Baldrige

“No matter what is happening in your life, you always offer tea.” – Clemantine Wamariya

“Tea tempers the spirits and harmonizes the mind, dispels lassitude and relieves fatigue, awakens thought and prevents drowsiness, lightens or refreshes the body, and clears the perceptive faculties.” – Lu Yu

“There’s always time for tea.” – Seanan McGuire

“Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard.” – Anne Spencer

“The Adventure begins with Tea.”

“Home is where the tea is.” – Js Devivre

“The powers of a man’s mind are directly proportional to the quantity of coffee he drinks.” – Sir James Mackintosh

“I must drink lots of tea or I cannot work. Tea unleashes the potential which slumbers in the depth of my soul.” – Leo Tolstoy

“Making tea is a ritual that stops the world from falling in on you.” – Jonathan Stroud

Life is like a cup of tea, it's all about how you make it.

Milk Tea Quotes

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“At breakfast they have milk and juice at night. There are those who do both, they drink tea.” – Gary Snyder

“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

“There’s something hypnotic about the word tea.” – Dorothy L. Sayers

“I am in no way interested in immortality, but only in the taste of tea.” – Lu T’ung

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” – Henry James

“Do Lipton employees take coffee breaks?” – Steven Wright

“The spirit of the tea beverage is one of peace, comfort and refinement.” – Arthur Gray

“Afternoon tea should be provided, fresh supplies, with thin bread-and-butter, fancy pastries, cakes, etc., being brought in as other guests arrive.” – Isabella Beeton

“No matter where you are in the world, you are at home when tea is served.” – Earlene Grey

I don't care if the glass is half full or half empty is there tea in it?

Cup Of Tea Quotes

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“Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage.” – Catherine Douzel

“Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.” – Bill Watterson

“A cup of tea makes everything better.”

“We want to do a lot of stuff; we’re not in great shape. We didn’t get a good night’s sleep. We’re a little depressed. Coffee solves all these problems in one delightful little cup.” – Jerry Seinfeld

“A cup of tea would restore my normality.” – Douglas Adams

“What goes best with a cup of coffee? Another cup.” – Henry Rollins

“You’ll never find a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” – Winston Churchill

“The mere chink of cups and saucers tunes the mind to happy repose.” – George Gissing

“A simple cup of tea is far from a simple matter.” – Mary Lou Heiss

“I don’t know where my ideas come from. I will admit, however, that one key ingredient is caffeine. I get a couple cups of coffee into me and weird things just start to happen.” – Gary Larson

“Sir, I did not count your glasses of wine, why should you number up my cups of tea?” – Samuel Johnson

“There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be diminished by a nice cup of tea.” – Bernard-Paul Heroux

“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

“Life is like a cup of tea. It’s all in how you make it.” – Unknown

“A cup of tea is an excuse to share great thoughts with great minds.” – Cristina Re

“Sometimes all you need is a good cup of Tea.”

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” – C.S. Lewis

“There is no problem on earth that can’t be ameliorated by a hot bath and a cup of tea.” – Jasper Fforde

“There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life.” – Lin Yutang

“I would rather suffer with coffee than be senseless.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

“Where there’s tea, there is Hope.” – Wing Pinero

“Our culture runs on coffee and gasoline, the first often tasting like the second.” – Edward Abbey

“If you ask Zen people they will say tea is not something that you pour with unawareness and drink like any other drink. It is not a drink, it is meditation; it is prayer. So they listen to the kettle creating a melody, and in that listening they become more silent, more alert.” – Osho

“It is inhumane in my opinion, to force people who have a genuine medical need for coffee to wait in line behind people who apparently view it as some kind of recreational activity.” – Dave Barry

“Some people will tell you there is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“At Christmas, tea is compulsory. Relatives are optional.” – Robert Godden

“When she is unable to avoid the matter further, she makes a pot of tea.”

“Yes, that’s it! Said the Hatter with a sigh, it’s always tea time.” – Lewis Carroll

“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it as the axis on which the world revolves” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“Ecstasy is a glass full of tea and a piece of sugar in the mouth.” – Alexander Pushkin

“I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.” – T.S. Eliot

“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

“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

“Wherever you are drinking your tea, whether at work, in a cafe, or at home, it is wonderful to allow enough time to appreciate it.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“Doing nothing is respectable at tea.” – Sasaki Sanmi

“If a man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty.” – Japanese proverb

“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 Gladstone

“A practitioner of tea in the countryside sent some hold to Rikyu with a request that he purchase for him a tea utensil of any kind. Rikyu spent the entire amount of money on white cloth, sending it with the comment, ‘With tea, even when one has no nice utensils, if only one has clean cloth for wiping the bowl, it is possible to drink tea.’” – Sen Sotan

“I say let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky

“Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors.” – Alice Walker

“Tea should be taken in solitude.” – C. S. Lewis

“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

“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

A true warrior, like tea, shows his strength in hot water. Chinese Proverb

Morning Tea Quotes

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“I love my Saturday coffee the way I used to love Saturday morning cartoons.” – Nanea Hoffman

“This morning’s tea makes yesterday distant.”

“A leaf fluttered in through the window this morning, as if supported by the rays of the sun, a bird settled on the fire escape, joy in the task of coffee, joy accompanied me as I walked.” – Anais Nin

“Sunday morning, I wake up at, like, 6 or 6:30 to go to the gym. I drink a glass of water, and then, before I start my workout, I drink a cup of coffee.” – Salt Bae

Sometimes I NEED TEA just to MAKE TEA!

Green Tea Quotes

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“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

“With iPhones, nobody has an excuse for writer’s block. If you’re at Whole Foods getting your green tea extract and you have a melody, you just drop it into your voice memo and save it for later.” – Ryan Tedder

“Switters was actually quite fond of Seattle’s weather, and not merely because of it’s ambivalence. He liked it’s subtle, muted qualities and the landscape that those qualities encouraged if not engendered: vistas that seemed to have been sketched with a sumi brush dipped in quicksilver and green tea. It was fresh, it was clean, it was gently primal, and mystically suggestive.” – Tom Robbins

“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

“I hated tobacco. I could have almost lent my support to any institution that had for its object the putting of tobacco smokers to death…I now feel that smoking in moderation is a comfortable and laudable practice, and is productive of good. There is no more harm in a pipe than in a cup of tea. You may poison yourself by drinking too much green tea, and kill yourself by eating too many beefsteaks. For my part, I consider that tobacco, in moderation, is a sweetener and equalizer of the temper.” – Thomas Huxley

“I serve black tea, which I call Froggy tea. And I have green teas and all sorts of nice teas. I’m serving tea all the time.” – Marianne Faithfull

“When Japanese went to Hawaii they would go straight and buy the same thing that they would buy in Japan. They just got it cheaper, which they liked. And so they would still eat the red bean ice cream or the green tea ice cream, but they didn’t really take advantage of the variety and it wasn’t clear that they cared.” – Sheena Iyengar

“To get rid of swelling… I put green tea bags on my eyelids. Or I grab cold spoons that I leave in the freezer and put them on my eyes.” – Shay Mitchell

“I’m really into rooibos tea with goat’s milk and a little bit of honey. I also drink dandelion tea, Earl Grey, and sometimes a green tea. I’m very into tea.” – Miranda Kerr

“If I’m having a chardonnay in the show, it’ll be green tea with water.” – Kether Donohue

“I haven’t acquired a taste for green tea, and I don’t intend to. I like my coffee black with a little sugar, and it keeps my metabolism up! I don’t mind the occasional Gatorade while I’m gymming.” – Arjun Rampal

“I will not go a day without coconut oil. I personally take four tablespoons per day, either on my salads, in my cooking or in my cups of green tea.” – Miranda Kerr

“Women are like tea bags.They do not know how strong they are until they get into hot water.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” – Henry James

“In honor of Al Gore, green tea, not Tea Party, but Al Gore green tea. And by the way, it’s tree hugger-approved.” – Eric Bolling

“Drinking a cup of green tea, I stopped the war.” – Paul Reps

“When Im writing a novel, which is what I like to write, I get up early, sit zazen, make a pot of green tea. I wear wrist cuffs to keep my wrists warm and minimize irritation from extended contact with the surface of my desk. I sit down and write.” – Ruth Ozeki


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