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Tea

  • I like to be able to swim a hen in my cup.

  • Gin is cheering and wine maketh glad the heart of man, but when you're in a real turmoil there's nothing like a good strong cup of tea.

  • Tea — that perfume that one drinks, that connecting hyphen ...

  • [He] offered to make a cup of tea, the British specific against disaster, grief and shock.

  • Bernie made the kind of tea a mouse could stand on.

  • ... it took her a long time to prepare her tea; but when ready it was set forth with as much grace as if she had been a veritable guest to her own self.

  • ... I cannot help hoping that Mrs. Adams was mistaken in calling her decoction English breakfast tea. If she was not, a great deal of the prejudice against us over there can be accounted for.

  • Tea. Say the word and begin to breathe deeply.

  • Tea provides us with one gate to the infinite.

  • Tea is a way to live more deliberately.

  • Tea helps a soul to ripen.

  • Tea is a blessing in disguise.

  • ... tea strong enough for a mouse to trot over.

  • Tea! The English could always be pacified with it!

  • Ah, there's nothing like tea in the afternoon. When the British Empire collapses, historians will find that it had made but two invaluable contributions to civilization — this tea ritual and the detective novel.

  • ... the tea-hour is the hour of peace ... strife is lost in the hissing of the kettle — a tranquilizing sound, second only to the purring of a cat.

  • It is claimed that the United States gets the cleanest and purest tea in the market, and certainly it is too good to warrant the nervous apprehension which strains and dilutes it into nothingness. The English do not strain their tea in the fervid fashion we do. They like to see a few leaves dawdling about the cup. They like to know what they are drinking.

  • I have just partaken of that saddest of things — a cup of weak tea.

  • Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors.

  • I stir wild honey into my carefully prepared cedar tea / and wait for meaning to arise, / to greet and comfort me.

    • Paula Gunn Allen,
    • "Recuerdo," in Joseph Bruchac, ed., Songs From This Earth on Turtle's Back ()
  • The tea ritual ... has the extraordinary virtue of introducing into the absurdity of our lives an aperture of serene harmony. Yes, the world may aspire to vacuousness, lost souls mourn beauty, insignificance surrounds us. Then let us drink a cup of tea.

  • ... tea is no minor beverage. When tea becomes ritual, it takes its place at the heart of our ability to see greatness in small things.

  • Tea is, without question, a nearly universal tonic.

  • Tea, the English panacea for shock and injury to flesh and heart!

  • Tea quenches tears and thirst.

    • Jeanine Larmoth,
    • in Jeanine Larmoth and Charlotte Turgeon, Murder on the Menu ()
  • Tea seems to tenderize cheap cuts of beef. After cooking chuck, boiling beef and brisket (I even mixed rib eye, which is ever so cheap, and it's great) I have decided that the tannic acid in the tea is what tenderizes beef!

  • Ever tried putting a caramel candy in a cup of hot tea? It's excellent! Not only does it give a little different taste to the tea, but it takes the place of the sugar and cream which you ordinarily add.

  • ... our family life can't get any worse than it is right now. We're microwaving underwear to get it dry in time to wear it and eating stuff out of the refrigerator that looks like it needs a shave.

    • Becky Freeman,
    • in Becky Freeman and Ruthie Arnold, Worms in My Tea ()
  • [On public events attended by royalty:] It was the usual 'zoo tea.' You know, we eat — the others watch.

  • Nothing like a cup of tea to make a person feel better, man or woman.

  • There are three distinct types of tea: green, oolong, and black. ... For a long time the importing consumers believed the different types to come from different plants, but it is the method of processing the leaves that produces the characteristics of each tea.

  • The tea-kettle is as much an English institution as aristocracy or the Prayer-Book ...

    • Catharine E. Beecher,
    • in Catharine E. Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe, American Woman's Home ()
  • Perhaps there can be too much making of cups of tea, I thought, as I watched Miss Statham filling the heavy teapot. Did we really need a cup of tea? I even said as much to Miss Statham and she looked at me with a hurt, almost angry look, 'Do we need tea?' she echoed. 'But Miss Lathbury...' She sounded puzzled and distressed and I began to realise that my question had struck at something deep and fundamental. It was the kind of question that starts a landslide in the mind. I mumbled something about making a joke and that of course one needed tea always, at every hour of the day or night.

  • Example is better than precept.

  • True teaching cannot be learned from text-books any more than a surgeon can acquire his skill by reading about surgery.

  • It is useless to deny that, unless one has a genius for imparting knowledge, teaching is a drudgery.

  • We teachers can only help the work going on, as servants wait upon a master.

  • ... the greatest sign of success for a teacher ... is to be able to say, 'The children are now working as if I did not exist.'

  • Teachers have power. We may cripple them by petty economics; by Government regulations, by the foolish criticism of an uninformed press; but their power exists for good or evil ...

    • Winifred Holtby,
    • 1926, in Alice Holtby and Jean McWilliam, eds., Letters to a Friend ()
  • ... we teach what we need to learn and we write what we need to know.

  • Teaching is the royal road to learning.

  • Everybody is now so busy teaching that nobody has any time to learn.

  • Culture — as we know it — is an instrument manipulated by teachers for manufacturing more teachers, who, in their turn, will manufacture still more teachers.

  • The teachers of small children are paid more than they were, but still far less than the importance of their work deserves, and they are still regarded by the unenlightened majority as insignificant compared to those who impart information to older children and adolescents, a class of pupils which, in the nature of things, is vastly more able to protect its own individuality from the character of the teacher.

  • I am teaching ... it's kind of like having a love affair with a rhinoceros.

    • Anne Sexton,
    • (1970), in Linda Gray Sexton and Lois Ames, eds., Anne Sexton: A Self-Portrait in Letters ()
  • A teacher cannot be one thing and teach her children to be another.

  • ... it is easier to teach twenty what were good to be done than to be one of the twenty to follow our own teaching.

  • ... if one cannot state a matter clearly enough so that even an intelligent twelve-year-old can understand it, one should remain within the cloistered walls of the university and laboratory until one gets a better grasp of one's subject matter.

  • ... the ability to learn is older — as it is also more widespread — than is the ability to teach.

  • ... man's most human characteristic is not his ability to learn, which he shares with many other species, but his ability to teach and store what others have developed and taught him.

  • ... every Teacher liveth on a Diet of Surprises.

  • You could write slop for Mr. Simpson, but if it were punctuated correctly, spelled properly, and used some basic literary devices, your grade was inevitably astronomical.

  • Outwardly she differed from the rest of the teaching staff in that she was still in a state of fluctuating development, whereas they had only too understandably not trusted themselves to change their minds, particularly on ethical questions, after the age of twenty.

  • Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater ...

  • ... not just part of us becomes a teacher. It engages the whole self — the woman or man, wife or husband, mother or father, the lover, scholar or artist in you as well as the teacher earning money ...

  • When I teach people I marry them.

  • Professors of literature collect books the way a ship collects barnacles, without seeming effort. A literary academic can no more pass a bookstore than an alcoholic can pass a bar.

  • I suspect you of being a born schoolteacher, something apparently rarer in our day than a fine glass blower, and infinitely more desirable.

  • I've always thought that very few people grow old as admirably as academics. At least books never let them down.

  • The test of a good teacher is not how many questions he can ask his pupils that they will answer readily, but how many questions he inspires them to ask him which he finds it hard to answer.

  • Teachers should unmask themselves, admit into consciousness the idea that one does not need to know everything there is to know and one does not have to pretend to know everything there is to know.

  • At the heart of good education are those gifted, hardworking, and memorable teachers whose inspiration kindles fires that never quite go out, whose remembered encouragement is sometimes the only hard ground we stand upon, and whose very selves are the stuff of the best lessons they ever teach us. Most of us, no matter how long ago it's been, can name our kindergarten teacher. Our first music teacher. Our junior high algebra teacher. Good teachers never die.

    • Rosalie Maggio,
    • introduction, in Rosalie Maggio, ed., Quotations on Education ()
  • The finest teaching touches in a student a spring neither teacher nor student could possibly have preconceived.

  • No one should teach who is not in love with teaching.

  • One must love people a good deal whom one takes pains to convince or instruct.

  • You can pay people to teach, but not to care.

    • Marva Collins,
    • in Marva Collins and Civia Tamarkin, Marva Collins' Way ()
  • A good teacher can always make a poor student good and a good student superior.

    • Marva Collins,
    • in Marva Collins and Civia Tamarkin, Marva Collins' Way ()
  • What all good teachers have in common, however, is that they set high standards for their children and do not settle for anything less.

    • Marva Collins,
    • in Marva Collins and Civia Tamarkin, Marva Collins' Way ()
  • Students do not need to be labeled or measured any more than they are. They don't need more Federal funds, grants, and gimmicks. What they need from us is common sense, dedication, and bright, energetic teachers who believe that all children are achievers and who take personally the failure of any one child.

    • Marva Collins,
    • in Marva Collins and Civia Tamarkin, Marva Collins' Way ()
  • When someone is taught the joy of learning, it becomes a life-long process that never stops, a process that creates a logical individual. That is the challenge and joy of teaching.

    • Marva Collins,
    • "Marva Collins: Teaching Success in the City," Message ()
  • Everything works when the teacher works. It's as easy as that, and as hard.

    • Marva Collins,
    • in Marva Collins and Civia Tamarkin, Marva Collins' Way ()
  • Once children learn how to learn, nothing is going to narrow their mind. The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious, to have one idea spark another.

    • Marva Collins,
    • in Marva Collins and Civia Tamarkin, Marva Collins' Way ()
  • I touch the future. I teach.

  • The teachers in America need to be applauded every day because they save the lives of kids!

  • ... please remember these two difficult truths of teaching: 1. No matter how much you do, you'll feel it's not enough. 2. Just because you can only do a little is no excuse to do nothing.

  • Remember this great teaching axiom: only dull people are at their best during faculty meetings.

  • What they didn't tell you in your college preparatory courses is that a teacher's day is half bureaucracy, half crisis, half monotony, and one-eightieth epiphany. Never mind the arithmetic.

  • Teaching is a rigorous act of faith.

  • Teaching consists of equal parts perspiration, inspiration, and resignation.

  • ... all teachers need to have the courage of their contradictions.

  • ... the disposition for teaching is two percent inborn and ninety-eight percent reinvented every day of one's career.

  • ... the core of being a teacher is the ability to listen when children speak, to understand and act on their sometimes obvious but often very subtle messages.

  • The really scary thing about teaching is that we teachers, particularly those of us in elementary school, teach who we are. We are the curriculum.

  • ... what a teacher thinks she teaches often has little to do with what students learn.

  • What was the duty of the teacher if not to inspire?

  • Imparting knowledge is only lighting other men's candles at our lamp, without depriving ourselves of any flame.

    • Jane Porter,
    • in Philip Sidney and Jane Porter, Aphorisms of Sir Philip Sidney, With Remarks by Miss Porter ()
  • Teaching is performance art.

  • A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations.

    • Patricia Neal,
    • with Richard De Neut, As I Am: An Autobiography ()
  • Teaching is a performance art.

    • Camille Paglia,
    • "Junk Bonds and Corporate Raiders: Academe in the Hour of the Wolf," Sex, Art, and American Culture ()
  • Teaching is a process of becoming that continues throughout life, never completely achieved, never completely denied. This is the challenge and the fun of being a teacher — there is no ultimate end to the process.

  • There are three things to remember when teaching school: Know your stuff, know whom you are stuffing, and then stuff them elegantly.

    • Lola J. May,
    • in Evelyn Oppenheimer, The Articulate Woman ()
  • The task of a teacher is not to work for the pupil nor to oblige him to work, but to show him how to work.

  • In this disturbing era of testing and data collection in the public schools, I have seen my career transformed into a job that no longer fits my understanding of how children learn and what a teacher ought to do in the classroom to build a healthy, safe, developmentally appropriate environment for learning for each of our children.

  • [On scolding:] Where did we ever get the crazy idea that in order to make children do better, first we have to make them feel worse?

  • Time engraves our faces with all the tears we have not shed.

  • These tears do me good, they have watered the parched place; perhaps my heart will grow again there!

  • The longing to be holy makes us weep, and we trust tears since they are made of water and come from our body, a double blessing.

  • Delicious tears! the heart's own dew.

    • L.E. Landon,
    • "The Guerilla Chief," The Improvisatrice ()
  • I am afraid of people / who cannot cry / Tears left unshed / turn to poison / in the ducts ...

    • Alice Walker,
    • "S M," Horses Make a Landscape Look More Beautiful ()
  • I know of a cure for everything: salt water. ... Sweat, or tears, or the salt sea.

    • Isak Dinesen,
    • "The Deluge at Norderney," Seven Gothic Tales ()
  • ... it is not always sorrow that opens the fountains of the eyes ...

    • Madame de Sévigné,
    • 1680, Letters of Madame de Sévigné to Her Daughter and Her Friends, vol. 6 ()
  • Tears from our sex are not always the results of grief; they are frequently no more than little sympathetic tributes which we pay to our fellow-beings, while the mind and the heart are steeled against the weakness which our eyes indicate.

  • Beware of men who cry. It's true that men who cry are sensitive to and in touch with feelings, but the only feelings they tend to be sensitive to and in touch with are their own.

  • Oh! what a luxury it is to weep, / And find in tears a sad relief!

  • Emptied with weeping / my eyes are / two buckets of the waterman / as he walks among orchard trees.

    • Safiya bint Musafir,
    • "At the Badr Trench" (c. 7th cent.), in Joanna Bankier and Deirdre Lashgari, eds., Women Poets of the World ()
  • When I consider life and its few years — / A wisp of fog betwixt us and the sun; / A call to battle, and the battle done / Ere the last echo dies within our ears; / A rose choked in the grass; an hour of fears; / The gusts that past a darkening shore do beat; / The burst of music down an unlistening street — / I wonder at the idleness of tears.

  • I wish I might indulge more often in the luxury of tears. It should be, I think, one of the recompenses for the length of time one has to be a child.

  • Tears were a blessing; they were a relief; they did wash the ache from the heart, ease brain strain, and encourage the soul.

  • Oh, the blessing, the beautiful blessing of tears!

  • I used to think that because I cried so easily, I was deeply sensitive. Instead, I've learned that when someone told me a sad story, I was so full of my own unshed tears that the first tear I shed was for them, but the rest were for myself. Other people's pain kept tapping into my own unresolved issues.

  • [At age 6, touching her eyelashes and asking the director about her crying scene:] Do you want tears just to here, or do you want all-the-way-down tears?

  • Would it please you if I strung my tears / In pearls for you to wear?

  • Rich tears! What power lies in those falling drops.

  • Did you know, young man, that tears come in different flavors? There's sad tears and grieving tears and happy tears and mad tears, but the worst of all are the desperate tears ...

    • D.R. Meredith,
    • "Incident on Sixth Street," in Carolyn Wheat, ed., Murder on Route 66 ()
  • It is extremely difficult to draw tears from blockheads, except when muddled; and then they talk of themselves, and are pathetic.

  • If you haven't cried, your eyes can't be beautiful.

    • Sophia Loren,
    • in Ronald Warren Deutsch, Inspirational Hollywood ()
  • There, there — he cries again! Ye gods of thunder, / The fellow's like a rain cloud!

  • Sometimes tears are the only speech left to us.

  • Tragedy can break the heart but not the dam of the tearducts while schmaltz can dissolve the most hardened sophisticate.

  • Tears are a river that take you somewhere. Weeping creates a river around the boat that carries your soul-life. Tears lift your boat off the rocks, off dry ground, carrying it downriver to someplace new, someplace better.

  • Bernice cried at funerals. She had specified rates. For five dollars she was miserably unhappy. For ten, she cried. And for fifteen, she became hysterical.

  • Tears are the showers that fertilize this world ...

    • Jean Ingelow,
    • "Regret," in Jenny B. Bates, ed., Between the Lights: Thoughts for the Quiet Hour ()