Tea for You, Tea for Me.

“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.” – Okakura Kakuzo, The Book of Tea

The first cup moistens my lips and throat;
The second cup breaks my loneliness;
The third cup searches my barren entrail but to find therein some thousand volumes of odd
ideographs;
The fourth cup raises a slight perspiration-all the wrongs of life pass out through my pores;
At the fifth cup I am purified;
The sixth cup calls me to the realms of the immortals.
The seventh cup-ah, but I could take no more! I only feel the breath of the cool wind that raises in my sleeves.
Where is Elysium? Let me ride on this sweet breeze and waft away thither.” – Lu Tung (Chinese poet during T’ang Dynasty) “Tea-Drinking”

“Strange how a teapot
Can represent at the same time
The comforts of solitude
And the pleasures of company.” – Zen Haiku from “Pathways; Restful Meditations”

“There is no trouble so great or grave
that cannot be much diminished
by a nice cup of tea.” – Bernard-Paul Heroux – 1900s Basque philosopher

“Tea for two, and two for tea,
Me for you, and you for me” – Irving Ceaser, “Tea for Two” – 1925

“Where there’s Tea there’s hope” – Sir Arthur Pinero

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

“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.”

“Tea with us became more than an idealization of the form of drinking; it is a religion of the Art of Life.” – Okakura

Posted on September 23, 2011, in Quotes and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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