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85,375.  Lady Nancy Astor:  Winston, if you were my husband, I’d poison your tea.

 

Churchill:  Nancy, if I were your husband, I’d drink it.  (Poison & Husband & Tea)  attributions & variations 

 

 

95,241.  The kettle descants in a cozy drone,

And the young wife looks in her husband’s face,

And then at her guest’s, and shows in her own

Her sense that she fills an envied place;

And the visiting lady is all abloom,

And says there was never so sweet a room.

 

And the happy young housewife does not know

That the woman beside her was first his choice,

Till the fates ordained it could not be so ...

Betraying nothing in look or voice

The guest sits smiling and sips her tea,

And he throws her a stray glance yearningly.  Thomas Hardy, At Tea 

 

 

87,573.  India is well known for its tea ... It produces over a million tons of it a year.  (India & Tea)  India: Nature's Wonderland I, BBC 2015

 

 

13,151.  Didn’t our Lord himself on the cross pause for a nice cup of tea before giving himself up for the world?  (Catholicism & Tea & Cross & Crucifixion & Priest)  Father Ted: Hell s2e7, Mrs Doyle

 

 

28,433.  Then in one notorious incident the tormented Redcoats opened fire before the Statehouse; five Bostonians were left dead on the street.  Shocked by the killings over the next three years both sides let things calm down.  Eventually the British dropped all their taxes except one: that on tea.  (United States & Tax & Tea & Boston)  Simon Schama, A History of Britain: The Wrong Empire

 

 

28,456.  Britain has repealed all taxes except one: on tea.  In one of the most famous acts of resistance in history, rebels dump over $1,000,000 worth of tea into Boston Harbor.  The British respond by closing down Boston Harbor.  (United States & Boston & Tax & Tea)  America: The Story of the US: Rebels

 

 

67,267.  In the seventeenth century when the first Dutch traders arrived out here they found all the locals from the Emperor down sitting around drinking tea ... At the same time asking questions ... The Zen Buddhist tea ceremony was supposed to help you find infinite oneness and universal understanding.  (Civilisation & Tea)  James Burke, Connections II 1994: Echoes of the Past s2e6

 

 

67,293.  Tea: by the late 1800s we Brits were importing oh eighteen million pounds of it a year, mostly from China.  (Civilisation & Tea)  James Burke: Connections II 1994: Hot Pickle s2e12

 

 

67,303.  The Yankee Clipper.  In 1851 the fastest [tea] ship in the world.  (Civilisation & Tea)  James Burke, Connections II 1994: Making Waves s2e15

 

 

69,105.  Retired to their tea and scandal, according to their custom.  (Custom & Tea & Scandal)  William Congreve 1670-1729, The Double Dealer

 

 

72,377.  I am making a brew.  Even though that’s my favourite programme, I am making a brew.  And do you know why?  Because I’m a family man.  (Family & Tea)  The Royal Family: Barbara Finally Has Enough s2e5, Jim

 

 

90,589.  I’m travelling more than a thousand miles across east Africa to meet the people who supply us with our national drink.  Behind each cup is an army of pickers, packers, growers and truckers.  Tea is a massive industry employing millions of people.  This World: The Tea Trail with Simon Reeve, BBC 2015

 

90,590.  East Africa is where most of the tea that we drink in Britain actually comes from.  ibid.

 

90,591.  Child labour is a huge issue.  ibid.

 

90,592.  Tea is keeping them poor.  ibid.

 

 

95,147.  ‘Yes, that’s it!’  said the Hatter with a sigh, ‘it’s always tea time.’  Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

 

90,593.  ‘Take some more tea,’ the March Hare said to Alice.  ibid.

 

 

90,594.  I’ve just had some bad news about my granddad.  Apparently, my granddad has come back from the doctor’s this week – he can only get excited by putting his willy in a hot mug of water.  It’s not my cup of tea.  Joe Pasquale, on stage, cited The 100 Greatest Comedians 2010 

 

 

90,595.  Free yourselves from the slavery of the tea and coffee and other slop-kettle.  (Tea & Coffee)  William Cobbett 1762-1835, English political reformer

 

 

90,596.  Tea and Sympathy.  Robert Anderson, title of play

 

 

90,597.  Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea.  Henry Fielding 1707-54, Love in Several Masques

 

 

90,598.  A hardened and shameless tea-drinker who has for twenty years diluted his meals with only the infusion of this fascinating plant; whose kettle has scarcely time to cool; who with tea amuses the evening, with tea solaces the midnight, and with tea welcomes the morning.  Samuel Johnson, Literary Magazine vol II

 

 

90,601.  Tea’s proper use is to amuse the idle, and relax the studious, and dilute the full meals of those who cannot use exercise, and will not use abstinence.  Samuel Johnson

 

 

90,599.  I say let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea.  Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground

 

 

90,600.  My dear, if you could give me a cup of tea to clear my muddle of a head I should better understand your affairs.  Charles Dickens, Mrs Lirriper's Legacy

 

 

90,602.  Though we eat little flesh and drink no wine,

Yet let’s be merry; we’ll have tea and toast;

Custards for supper, and an endless host

Of syllabubs and jellies and mincepies,

And other such ladylike luxuries.  Percy Bysshe Shelley

 

 

90,603.  The cup of tea on arrival at a country house is a thing which, as a rule, I particularly enjoy.  I like the crackling logs, the shaded lights, the scent of buttered toast, the general atmosphere of leisured coziness.  P G Wodehouse

 

 

90,604.  Tea is a divine herb.  Xu Guangqi   

 

 

90,605.  Stands the Church clock at ten to three?

And is there honey still for tea?  Rupert Brooke, The Old Vicarage, Grantchester

 

 

90,606.  Tea is one of the main stays of civilization in this country.  George Orwell, Smothered Under Journalism 1946 

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