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Coffee

  • There was a tiny range within which coffee was effective, short of which it was useless, and beyond which, fatal.

  • Never drink black coffee at lunch; it will keep you awake in the afternoon.

  • Coffee, according to the women of Denmark, is to the body what the word of the Lord is to the soul.

    • Isak Dinesen,
    • "The Supper at Elsinore," Seven Gothic Tales ()
  • The urban workaday economy would be unthinkable without coffee.

    • Irene Fizer,
    • in Mark Schapiro, "Muddy Waters," The Utne Reader ()
  • Coffee is quite in disgrace; the chevalier thinks it heats him, and puts his blood in a ferment; and I, who, you know, always follow the lead, have likewise rejected it ...

    • Madame de Sévigné,
    • 1688, Letters of Madame de Sévigné to Her Daughter and Her Friends, vol. 7 ()
  • The coffee was strong enough to trot a mouse across.

  • I once had half a cup [of coffee], twenty years ago, and I'm still working it off.

  • [On coffee:] For a writer, it's more essential than food. Great American novel? Coming right up. We're talking second only to cocaine here, and hoarded as covetously.

    • Joan Frank,
    • "Achieving Legal Liftoff," in San Francisco Examiner ()
  • Coffee: We can get it anywhere, and get as loaded as we like on it, until such teeth-chattering, eye-bulging, nonsense-gibbering time as we may be classified unable to operate heavy machinery.

    • Joan Frank,
    • "Achieving Legal Liftoff," in San Francisco Examiner ()
  • Constant quaffing of high-octane caffeine has a lot to do with the sad shape of our society, if you ask me.

  • If you can't dance on it, it isn't coffee.

  • Coffee is not as necessary to ministers of the reformed faith as to Catholic priests. The latter are not allowed to marry, and coffee is said to induce chastity.

  • I am grieved to learn, dear Louise, that you have taken to coffee; nothing is so unhealthy, and I see many here who have had to give it up because of the diseases it has brought upon them.

  • ... it's not until my third cup of coffee that I am fully awake and willing to face the consequences of that condition.

  • If you can make a good cup of coffee, you can make any man glad he has left his mother.

  • The coffee was so strong it snarled as it lurched out of the pot ...

  • There is romance in coffee. It comes from the ends of the earth, and goes to the far corners of man's habitation.

  • No coffee is ever quite as good as it smells ...

  • Coffee was a food in that house, not a drink.

  • Behind every successful woman ... is a substantial amount of coffee!

  • That coffee's strong enough to walk on.

  • Wake up and smell the coffee.

  • ... if coffee isn't too hot, it isn't hot enough.

  • What hashish was to Baudelaire, opium to Coleridge, cocaine to Robert Louis Stevenson, nitrous oxide to Robert Southey, mescaline to Aldous Huxley, and Benzedrine to Jack Kerouac, caffeine was to Balzac.

    • Anne Fadiman,
    • "Coffee," At Large and At Small: Familiar Essays ()
  • Of course I can get through the day without coffee. But let's all be thankful that today is not the day we find out what that would be like.

  • The only thing I know for sure about today is coffee. Everything else is wild speculation.

  • My favorite people are the ones who get me. Especially the ones who get me coffee.

  • You say you're a coffee lover, but until you've tried to suck the spilled coffee off your shirt, we're just not on the same level.

  • ... caffeine [is] the second most traded commodity on earth next to oil.