Many of history’s greatest minds – from philosophers and writers to politicians – harbored a strong affinity for tea. To them, the beverage served to elevate their mood, give them focus, and (after a full day of mental labor) allowed them to relax and unwind. The significance of tea can be observed through the documented words of many notable individuals. Here are just a few favorite tea quotes from some historical names you may recognize:
This quote comes from Orwell’s own essay, “A Nice Cup of Tea“, written in 1946. In this essay, the author shares what he believes to be the golden rules of tea preparation. He specifically propounds the use of Indian and Ceylonese tea over Chinese tea, as “there is not much stimulation in it.” And looks down upon the use of sugar or other additives to tea, which will compromise the bitter flavor of the drink.