From The Beatles "All Too Much"
"Sail me on a silver sun
Where I know that I'm free
Show me that I'm everywhere
And get me home for tea"
Marlene Dietrich ~ Marlene Dietrich's A B C. - Revised Ed. - New York : Frederick Ungar Publishing Co., 1984. - p. 154
"The British have an umbilical cord which has never been cut and through which tea flows constantly. It is curious to watch them in times of sudden horror, tragedy or disaster. The pulse stops apparently and nothing can be done, and no move made, until "a nice cup of tea" is quickly made. There is no question that it brings solace and does steady the mind.< What a pity all countries are not so tea-conscious. World-peace conferences would run more smoothly if "a nice cup of tea", or indeed, a samovar were available at the proper time."
Marlene Dietrich ~ Marlene Dietrich's A B C. - Revised Ed. - New York : Frederick Ungar Publishing Co., 1984. - p. 37
"It is a splendid drink and all that,
And a national drink of America,
And how about a nice cup of tea?"
Attributed to both Eleanor Roosevelt and Nancy Reagan
Women are like tea bags. They don't know how strong they are until they get into hot water.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809-94), U.S. writer, physician. Over the Teacups, ch. 1 (1891).
The morning cup of coffee has an exhilaration about it which the cheering influence of the afternoon or evening cup of tea cannot be expected to reproduce.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-62), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden, "Where I Lived, and What I Lived For" (1854).
To a philosopher all news, as it is called, is gossip, and they who edit it and read it are old women over their tea.
Lu Yu (d. 804), Chinese sage, hermit. Quoted in: Jason Goodwin, The Gunpowder Gardens, Introduction (1990), from the Cha Ching.
The best quality tea must have creases like the leathern boot 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 a fine earth newly swept by rain.
Wouldn't it be dreadful to live in a country where they didn't have tea?"
Jethro Tull: One Brown Mouse Smile your little smile --- take some tea with me awhile.
Brush away that black cloud from your shoulder.
Twitch your whiskers. Feel that you're really real.
Another tea-time --- another day older.
Sting, from "Englishman in New York"
"I don't drink coffee, I take tea my dear"
Henry James (1843-1916) "Daisy Miller"
"It has never occurred to Mr. Winterbourne to offer me any tea," she said, with her little tormenting manner."
"I have offered you advice," Winterbourne rejoined. "I prefer weak tea!"
From Dylan Thomas' "A Child's Christmas in Wales"
It snowed last year too:
I made a snowman and my brother knocked it down
and I knocked my brother down and then we had tea.
Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)
Indeed, Madame, your ladyship is very sparing of your tea;
I protest the last I took was no more than water bewitched.
Edward Young (1683-1765) Love of Fame, Satire 1
For her own breakfast she'll project a scheme,
Nor take her tea without a stratagem.
Lewis Carroll, (1832-1898) "The Hunting of the Snark," Stanza
It frequently breakfasts at five-o'clock tea,
And dines on the following day.
I got nasty habits; I take tea at three.