Tea Quotes, Sayings, Captions

These tea quotes and sayings express the joy and simple pleasure of drinking tea.

So take a break from the day, sit back with a hot cup, and enjoy your tea time with these entertaining sayings. It’s tea o’clock somewhere!

Tea quotes for tea lovers

Let’s start off with ten of our favorite tea quotes and sayings.

Top 10 best tea quotes

1.) The path to Heaven passes through a teapot.
Ancient proverb

2.) While there is tea, there is hope.
Arthur Wing Pinero

3.) Tea… is a religion of the art of life.
Kakuzō Okakura

4.) A cup of tea is an excuse to share great thoughts with great minds.
Cristina Re

5.) There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea.
Bernard-Paul Heroux

6.) No matter where you are in the world, you are at home when tea is served.
Earlene Grey

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

8.) Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one.
Chinese proverb

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

10.) I say let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea.
Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Famous tea quotes

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

If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.
Abraham Lincoln

A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.
Eleanor Roosevelt

I frequently dream of having tea with the Queen.
Hugh Grant

You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.
C.S. Lewis

So inscrutable is the arrangement of causes and consequences in this world, that a two-penny duty on tea, unjustly imposed in a sequestered part of it, changes the condition of all its inhabitants.
Thomas Jefferson

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

Wouldn’t it be dreadful to live in a country where they didn’t have tea?
Noël Coward

I have a bit of fruit for breakfast and a cup of Yorkshire Gold tea. I f-ing love Yorkshire Gold.
Ozzy Osbourne

One day I decided to try to have a complete day without tea. I was quite shaken. I was quite disturbed.

I drink just as much tea when I’m in Los Angeles as I do when I’m in London. I take my tea bags with me wherever I go.
Helen Mirren

Funny and witty tea sayings

I got nasty habits; I take tea at three.
Mick Jagger

Make tea, not war.
Monty Python

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

Coffee is not my cup of tea.
Samuel Goldwyn

I would rather have a cup of tea than sex.
Boy George

We are like tea, we don’t know our own strength until we’re in hot water.
Sister Busche

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

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

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Quirky lines about tea

If there are no spots on a sugar cube then I’ve just put a dice in my tea.
Robert Rankin

Honestly, if you’re given the choice between Armageddon or tea, you don’t say ‘what kind of tea?
Neil Gaiman

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

If leeches ate peaches instead of my blood, then I would be free to drink tea in the mud!
Emilie Autumn, The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls

You’re the milk to my tea.
M.L. Gerard

Short tea quotes

Tea is the elixir of life.
Eisai, Kissa Yojoki

A cup of Tea makes everything better.

Home is where the tea is.
J.S. Devivre

Tea is always a good idea.

There’s always time for tea.
Seanan McGuire

Tea will take you there.
Ags Sachs

Sometimes all you need is a good cup of tea.

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

I don’t want tea, I want justice!
Ally Carter

Tea is an answer to most of the problems.

Tea is always an excuse for a clandestine agenda.
Cassandra Clare

Tea is liquid wisdom.

Tea should be taken in solitude.
C.S. Lewis

The adventure begins with tea.

With melted snow I boil fragrant tea.

Tea is always a good idea.

Tea quotes about life

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

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

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

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

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

Teaism is a cult founded on the adoration of the beautiful among the sordid facts of everyday existence. It inculcates purity and harmony, the mystery of mutual charity, the romanticism of the social order. It is essentially a worship of the Imperfect, as it is a tender attempt to accomplish something possible in this impossible thing we know as life.
Kakuzo Okakura, The Book of Tea

The proper, wise balancing of one’s whole life may depend upon the feasibility of a cup of tea at an unusual hour.
Arnold Bennett

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

A man who wishes to make his way in life could do no better than go through the world with a boiling tea-kettle in his hand.
Sydney Smith

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Tea ritual quotes

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

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

The cup of tea on arrival at a country house is a thing which, as a rule, I particularly enjoy. I like the crackling logs, the shaded lights, the scent of buttered toast, the general atmosphere of leisured coziness.
P.G. Wodehouse

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

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

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

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

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

I was always brought up to have a cup of tea at halfway up a rock face.
Bear Grylls


Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage.
Catherine Douzel

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

A great idea should always be left to steep like loose tea leaves in a teapot for a while to make sure that the tea will be strong enough and that the idea truly is a great one.
Phoebe Stone

Morning tea quotes

This morning’s tea makes yesterday distant.

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.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

For me starting the day without a pot of tea would be a day forever out of kilter.
Bill Drummond

There is nothing quite like a freshly brewed pot of tea to get you going in the morning.
Phyllis Logan

If I was making a tea advert I would want to communicate about tea is that it can console you, it can start your day, there is the warmth and the ritual and you can share it, you make someone a cup of tea and you offer it to them. You have got to boil the kettle, you have got to ask them what they want and engage with them. I love the ritual of a cup of tea in the morning, I love tea and a scrambled egg sandwich or tea and a fry up.
Matt Smith

Afternoon tea

Tea! Bless ordinary everyday afternoon tea!
Agatha Christie

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, Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management

Writing is a job, a talent, but it’s also the place to go in your head. It is the imaginary friend you drink your tea with in the afternoon.
Ann Patchett

Meanwhile, let us have a sip of tea. The afternoon glow is brightening the bamboos, the fountains are bubbling with delight, the soughing of the pines is heard in our kettle. Let us dream of evanescence and linger in the beautiful foolishness of things.
Kakuzō Okakura, The Book of Tea

Nowhere is the English genius of domesticity more notably evident than in the festival of afternoon tea. The […] chink of cups and the saucers tunes the mind to happy repose.
George R. Gissing


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


Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.
Bill Watterson, The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book

Surely everyone is aware of the divine pleasures which attend a wintry fireside; candles at four o’clock, warm hearthrugs, tea, a fair tea-maker, shutters closed, curtains flowing in ample draperies to the floor, whilst the wind and rain are raging audibly without.
Thomas De Quincey


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

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

While her lips talked culture, her heart was planning to invite him to tea
E.M. Forster, Howards End

Tea is everything

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

Teaism is a cult founded on the adoration of the beautiful among the sordid facts of everyday existence.
Kakuzo Okahura, The Book of Tea

Come oh come ye tea-thirsty restless ones—the kettle boils, bubbles and sings, musically.
Rabindranath Tagore

There are few nicer things than sitting up in bed, drinking strong tea, and reading.
Alan Clark

Tea is certainly as much of a social drink as coffee, and more domestic, for the reason that the teacup hours are the family hours.
Arthur Gray


Come, let us have some tea and continue to talk about happy things.
Chaim Potok

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

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

Ecstasy is a glass full of tea and a piece of sugar in the mouth.
Alexander Pushkin, 19 Lessons On Tea

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.
James Boswell

Tea quotes about health

As much as you can eat healthy, it’s also important to remember to drink healthy too. Tea is very healing.
Kristin Chenoweth

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

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

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


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

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

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

A cup of tea would restore my normality.
Douglas Adams, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Tea tempers the spirit, harmonizes the mind, dispels lassitude and relieves fatigue, awakens the thought and prevents drowsiness.
Lu Yu, The Classic Art of Tea

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. Somewhere in her mother’s pantry, Laurel suspected, was a box of tea that said, ‘In case of Armageddon, steep three to five minutes’.
Aprilynne Pike, Illusions

Relaxing / Savoring

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

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

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

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

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

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

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, Classic of Tea: Origins and Rituals

Green tea

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

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

Yoga and meditation

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

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

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

I like tea and yoga, but I don’t do yoga.

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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.

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?
Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki, Zen and Japanese Culture

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

Doing nothing is respectable at tea.
Sasaki Sanmi

Chinese tea sayings

Drinking a daily cup of tea will surely starve the apothecary.
Chinese Proverb

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

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

Find yourself a cup of tea,
the teapot is behind you.
Now tell me about
hundreds of things.

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Tea quotes from books and literature

Alice In Wonderland / Mad Hatter

“Take some more tea,” the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly.
“I’ve had nothing yet,” Alice replied in an offended tone, “so I can’t take more.”
“You mean you can’t take less,” said the Hatter: “it’s very easy to take more than nothing.”
“Nobody asked your opinion,” said Alice.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Yes, that’s it! Said the Hatter with a sigh, it’s always tea time.
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Lemony Snicket

Tea should be as bitter as wormwood and as sharp as a two-edged sword.
Kit Snicket (a series of unfortunate events), Lemony Snicket

Winnie the Pooh

A Proper Tea is much nicer than a Very Nearly Tea, which is one you forget about afterwards.
A.A. Milne

Christopher Robin was home by this time, because it was the afternoon, and he was so glad to see them that they stayed there until very nearly tea-time, and then they had a Very Nearly tea, which is one you forget about afterwards, and hurried on to Pooh Corner, so as to see Eeyore before it was too late to have a Proper Tea with Owl.
A.A. Milne, The House at Pooh Corner

Peter Pan

This meal happened to be a make-believe tea, and they sat ’round the board guzzling in their greed; and really, what with their chatter and recriminations, the noise, as Wendy said, was postiviely deafening.
J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

More tea quotes from literature

But indeed I would rather have nothing but tea.
Jane Austen

The scattered tea goes with the leaves and every day a sunset dies.
William Faulkner

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, Mrs. Lirriper’s Legacy

The privileges of the side-table included the small prerogatives of sitting next to the toast, and taking two cups of tea to other people’s one.
Charles Dickens, Martin Chuzzlewit

“I don’t want tea,” said Clary, with muffled force. “I want to find my mother. And then I want to find out who took her in the first place, and I want to kill them.”
“Unfortunately,” said Hodge, “we’re all out of bitter revenge at the moment, so it’s either tea or nothing.”
Cassandra Clare, City of Bones

“Arthur blinked at the screens and felt he was missing something important. Suddenly he realized what it was.
“Is there any tea on this spaceship?” he asked.”
Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

A commission of haberdashers could alone have reported what
the rest of her poor dress was made of, but it had a strong general
resemblance to seaweed, with here and there a gigantic tea-leaf.
Her shawl looked particularly like a tea-leaf after long infusion.
Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit

She told me that she did not like the idea of your being in that house all by yourself, and that she thought you took too much strong tea. In fact she wants me to advise you if possible to give up the tea and the very late hours.
Bram Stoker, Dracula’s Guest and Other Weird Stories

Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors.
Alice Walker, The Color Purple

Tea poetry

Tea does our fancy aid,
Repress those vapours which the head invade
And keeps that palace of the soul serene.
Edmund Waller, “Of Tea”

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

When the tea is brought at five o’clock
And all the neat curtains are drawn with care,
The little black cat with bright green eyes
Is suddenly purring there.
Harold Monro

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Tea captions for social media, Instagram

Here is a list of great captions and one-liners to spice up your social media posts on Instagram, Pinterest, Reddit, Tumblr, Facebook, and more!

  • Need more tea.
  • Tea lover.
  • Bes teas!
  • Tea rex.
  • Royal tea.
  • 10% human. 90% chai.
  • Drink tea, read books, be happy.
  • Drop it like it’s hot.
  • Good things happen over tea.
  • You’re tea-rific.
  • Kit-tea.
  • Powered by tea.
  • You’re my cup of tea.
  • But first, tea.
  • Life’s too short for bad tea.
  • Okay, but first chai.
  • My tea party.
  • Steeped in contentment.
  • Fueled by sweet tea.
  • Tea and friendship.
  • Spill the tea.
  • A cup of tea solves everything!
  • Equali-tea.
  • It’s tea time!
  • All you need is love and a cup of tea.
  • Team tea!
  • There’s always time for a nice cup of tea.

How to use these tea quotes and sayings:

A simple way to use these quotes is in a social media post. Here are a few other ways you can put them to work:

  • Share with friends: Use these quotes to create a special message for your tea-drinking friends on their birthday or any other special occasion.
  • Mother’s day: Give mom the gift of tea with your favorite quote on her special day.
  • Tea shop: Use tea quotes on signs, chalk boards, mugs, t-shirts, and tea towels. Your customers will love them!
  • At home: Make custom crafts for your tea garden or favors to use at a tea party.

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