Tea: the drink declared to be most wholesome, preserving in perfect health until extreme Old Age. It maketh the body active and lusty. It helpeth the headache, giddiness, and heaviness thereof. Thomas Garway, advertisement September 13, 1658.
Tea tempers the spirits and harmonizes the mind, dispels lassitude and relieves fatigue, awakens thought and prevents drowsiness, lightens or refreshes the body, and clears the perceptive faculties. Lu Yu, Eighth Century Chinese Poet
Surely everyone is aware of the divine pleasures which attend a wintry fireside; candles at four o’clock, warm hearth rugs, 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
Meanwhile, let us have a cup 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. Kazuko Okakura, The Book of Tea