Famous and Not So Famous Coffee Quotes, Part II

by dan on November 8, 2009

Mae West said, “If I asked for a cup of coffee, someone would search for the double meaning.”

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Pope Leo XII penned this verse about coffee:

“Last comes the beverage of the Orient shore,
Mocha, far off, the fragrant berries bore.
Taste the dark fluid with a dainty lip,
Digestion waits on pleasure as you sip.”

Courtney Love explained, “Cocaine is like really evil coffee.”

Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide is quoted as saying, “We shall prepare the coffee of reconciliation through the filter of justice. Through reconciliation, streams of tears will come to our eyes.”

In the movie Good Morning Vietnam, Robin Williams says, “What is this demilitarized zone? Whatever it is, I like it! Gets you on your toes better than a strong cup of cappuccino.”

Tim Parsons is quoted, “Coffee is to wake up, coffee is to work with, coffee is to live with, coffee is life”
Anonymous Quote: “Decaf? No, it’s dangerous to dilute my caffeine stream.”

John D. Bilings observed, “The little campfires, rapidly increasing to hundreds in number, would shoot up along the hills and plains, and as if by magic, acres of territory would be illuminous with them. Soon they would be surrounded by the soldiers, who made it an inevitable rule to cook their coffee first.”

According to Ken Hutchinson of Starsky and Hutch, “Wine is for aging, not coffee.”

John D. Rockefeller, Jr. is quoted as saying, “The ability to deal with people is as purchasable a commodity as sugar or coffee. And I pay more for that ability than for any other under the sun.”

The 1674 Women’s Petition Against Coffee preached that, “Coffee leads men to trifle away their time, scald their chops, and spend their money, all for a little base, black, thick, nasty, bitter, stinking nauseous puddle water.”

Napoleon Bonaparte is quoted, “Strong coffee, much strong coffee, is what awakens me. Coffee gives me warmth, waking, an unusual force and a pain that is not without very great pleasure.”

Ian Anderson said, “Oh, well .. the coffee’s only ever as good as the water it is made with. And the froth on top is the frilly knicker on a cheap tart’s bum.”

Conan O’Brien joked, “”Starbucks says they are going to start putting religious quotes on cups. The very first one will say, ‘Jesus! This cup is expensive!’”

The 1699 treatise titled England’s Happiness Improved stated, “Moderately drunk, coffee removes vapours from the brain, occasioned by fumes of wine, or other strong liquors; eases pains in the head, prevents sour belchings, and provokes appetite.”

A quote by Lady Jekyll states, “Good coffee may come from Arabia or India, from the Blue Mountains of Jamaica, or via France with an admixture of chicory; but its flavor and excellence will be derived from daily careful roasting and grinding, a truism universally admitted and habitually disregarded.”

Frederick the Great complained, “It is disgusting to note the increase in the quantity of coffee used by my subjects and the amount of money that goes out of the country in consequence. Everybody is using coffee. If possible this must be prevented. My people must drink beer. His Majesty was brought up on beer, and so were his officers. Many battles have been fought and won by soldiers nourished on beer; and the King does not believe that coffee-drinking soldiers can be depended upon to endure hardships or to beat his enemies in case of … another war.”

Alexander King is quoted as saying, “Actually, this seems to be the basic need of the human heart in nearly every great crisis — a good hot cup coffee.”

Gertrude Stein said that, “Coffee is real good when you drink it gives you time to think. It’s a lot more than just a drink; it’s something happening. Not as in hip, but like an event, a place to be, but not like a location, but like somewhere within yourself. It gives you time, but not actual hours or minutes, but a chance to be, like be yourself, and have a second cup.”

David Wu is quoted as saying, “People are kind of like zombies in Hong Kong nowadays. You don’t see that glow anymore. In terms of colour Hong Kong looks a bit grey. To counter that, I think we should give out free espresso samples to give people more caffeine; triple espresso with Irish cream syrup, iced! People just need to get a bit more wired.”

Sweeney Todd Lundgren revealed, “You know you’ve been playing too much Nethack when you refer to coffee as a potion of sleep resistance.”

Billionaire Bill Gates noted that, “Television is not real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.”

In A Day No Pigs Would Die, Robert Newton Peek declares, “Somehow, the Good Lord don’t want to see no man start a cold morning with just black coffee.”

A quote overheard on the Twin Peaks television show: “I’ve just arrived in New York City. What a place! Just smell those skyscrapers. Had breakfast at a little deli on Ninth Avenue. Cheese Danish and a cup of coffee, black as a moonless night. Hit the spot.”

Fred Allen (1894-1956) is responsible for this troubling quote, “English coffee tastes like water that has been squeezed out of a wet sleeve.”

In 1861, Isabella Beeton is quoted as saying, “It is true, says Liebeg, that thousands have lived without a knowledge of tea and coffee; and daily experience teaches us that, under certain circumstances, they may be dispensed with without disadvantage to the merely animal functions, but it is an error, certainly, to conclude from this that they may be altogether dispensed with in reference to their effects, and It is a question whether, if we had no tea and no coffee, the popular instinct would not seek for and discover the means of replacing them.”

Leonhard Rauwolf noted, “A very good drink they call Chaube that is almost as black as ink and very good in illness, especially of the stomach. This they drink in the morning early in the open places before everybody, without any fear or regard, out of clay or China cups, as hot as they can, sipping it a little at a time.”

Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin proclaimed that, “It is the duty of all papas and mammas to forbid their children to drink coffee, unless they wish to have little dried-up machines, stunted and old at the age of twenty…. I once saw a man in London, in Leicester Square, who had been crippled by immoderate indulgence in coffee; he was no longer in any pain, having grown accustomed to his condition, and had cut himself down to five or six cups a day.”

Anonymous quote: “But there are people who take salt with their coffee. They say it gives a tang, a savour, which is peculiar and fascinating.”

In the 1881 Appledore Cookbook, Maria Parloa is quoted, “Persons drinking coffee, as a general rule, eat less, though coffee, and also tea, have little direct food value; but they retard the waste of the tissues, and so take the place of food.

Anonymous Quote: “I don’t have a problem with caffeine. I have a problem without caffeine!”

A 1923 Boston Transcript read, “In a sad world, and especially in a country like ours, recently and constitutionally deprived of wine … the function of coffee in bringing serene delight is an important one.”

A quote by Gary Snyder states, “There are those who love to get dirty and fix things. They drink coffee at dawn, beer after work. And those who stay clean, just appreciate things. At breakfast they have milk and juice at night. There are those who do both, they drink tea.”

In The Moral Instructor (1879), Jesse Torrey stated, “Coffee, though a useful medicine, if drunk constantly will at length induce a decay of health , and hectic fever.”

In 1601, G.W. Parry is quoted, “A certain Liquor which they call Coffee…which will soon intoxicate the brain.”

Edward Bransten provided this 1969 quote: “I believe that the American coffee industry is doing itself irreparable harm by mass marketing mediocre coffee at a low price. I think that what is happening today in the coffee business is just a foreshadowing of the eventual indifference of the total American public to the world of coffee drinking.”

Ian Anderson professed, “Cafe society is as old as the hills. Starbucks and its imitators are the coffee face of the new man in a hurry.”

In Sea and Sardinia, D.H Lawrence wrote, “Another head - and a black alpaca jacket and a serviette this time - to tell us coffee is ready. Not before it is time, too.”

In the movie Moonstruck, Cher commented, “You make good coffee . . . You’re a slob, but you make good coffee.”

In Godot, Ace Attorney Phoenix Wright is quoted, “Blacker than a moonless night. Hotter and more bitter than Hell itself… That is coffee.”

Quoting Brian Andreas, “I don’t really like coffee, she said, but I don’t really like it when my head hits my desk when I fall asleep either.”

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880) is quoted as saying, “Coffee: Induces wit. Good only if it comes through Havre. After a big dinner party it is taken standing up. Take it without sugar — very swank: gives the impression you have lived in the East.”

A 1949 New York Times article provides this quote: “Over second and third cups flow matters of high finance, high state, common gossip and low comedy. [Coffee] is a social binder, a warmer of tongues, a soberer of minds, a stimulant of wit, a foiler of sleep if you want it so. From roadside mugs to the classic demi-tasse, it is the perfect democrat.”

According to Janet McKenzie Hill in the 1902 Practical Cooking and Serving, “In most households a cup of coffee is considered the one thing needful at the breakfast hour. But how often this exhilarating beverage, that “comforteth the brain and heateth and helpeth digestion” is made muddy and ill-flavoured! … You may roast the berries “to the queen’s taste,” and grind them fresh every morning, and yet, if the golden liquid be not prepared in the most immaculate of coffee-pots, with each return of morning, a new disappointment awaits you.”

Benjamin Moseley provided this 1785 quote: “The use of [coffee] will probably become greatly extended - as in other countries, it may diffuse itself among the mass of the people, and make a considerable ingredient in their daily sustenance.”

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In Pemberley by the Sea, Abigail Reynolds said, “I like my coffee with cream and my literature with optimism.”

According to Mark Twain, “After a few months’ acquaintance with European ‘coffee‘ one’s mind weakens, and his faith with it, and he begins to wonder if the rich beverage of home, with it’s clotted layer of yellow cream on top of it, is not a mere dream after all, and a thing which never existed.”

Comedian Dave Barry quipped, “It is inhumane, in my opinion, to force people who have a genuine medical need for coffee to wait in line behind people who apparently view it as some kind of recreational activity.”

Irvin Berlin wrote this in 1932:

“Just around the corner,
There’s a rainbow in the sky.
So let’s have another cup o’ coffee,
And let’s have another piece o’ pie.”

Lieutenent William Whiting of the United States Army was quoted in 1849, “Give a frontiersman coffee and tobacco, and he will endure any privation, suffer any hardship, but let him be without these two necessaries of the woods, and he becomes irresolute and murmuring.”

In North of Beautiful, Justina Chen Headley states, “Come on, don’t you ever stop and smell the coffee?”

According to the 1901 Picayune Creole Cook Book, “The morning cup of CafĂ© Nair is an integral part of the life of a Creole household. The Creoles hold as a physiological fact that this custom contributes to longevity, and point, day after day, to examples of old men and women of fourscore, and over, who attest to the powerful aid they have received through life from a good, fragrant cup of coffee in the early morning.”

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Barbara Streisand is quoted, “Why don’t you have a cup of coffee at least? I, um, I’m a little low in sugar and I don’t have any cream, but it’s real coffee.”

A quote by Constance Spry in the 1956 Constance Spry Cookery Book states, “During the war one accepted indifferent after-dinner coffee as a necessity, but when, after the war, one sought to find the coffee remembered of days gone by, one found disappointment. I was looking for the rich after-dinner coffee that literally curdled cream if anyone was foolish enough to spoil it with cream.”

Jill K. Shellabarger pondered, “If only the wonderfulness of hot coffee could still be appreciated in the heat of the summer. ”

Coleman Dowell is quoted as saying, “It is extraordinary how the house and the simplest possessions of someone who has been left become so quickly sordid. . . . Even the stain on the coffee cup seems not coffee but the physical manifestation of one’s inner stain, the fatal blot that from the beginning had marked one for ultimate aloneness.”

Quotes from A Coventry Christmas scene:

“It’s over,” Keelie said.
“Too bad. But I want you to know, I will always love you.”
She narrowed her eyes and said, “When you look at me and say that, are you thinking of Dolly Parton or Whitney Houston?”
“Burt Reynolds,” he said.
She nearly spit out her coffee when she laughed, then she said, “That almost makes me want to try again.”

In 1934 a Brazilian coffee farmer is quoted as saying, “Coffee is our national misfortune.”

Anonymous Quote: “Deja Brew is the feeling that you have had this coffee before.”

Harper Lee said, “I do much of my creative thinking while golfing. If people know you’re working at home they think nothing of walking in for a cup of coffee, but wouldn’t dream of interrupting on the golf course.”

Robertson Davies is quoted, “When a man is down on his luck he seems to consume all he can get of coffee and doughnuts.”

In Thud!, Terry Pratchett theorized, “Coffee was only a way of stealing time that should by rights belong to your slightly older self.”

The 1883 Buckeye Cookbook states, “Physicians say that coffee without cream is more wholesome, particularly for persons of weak digestion. There seems to be some element in the coffee which combined with the milk, forms a leathery coating on the stomach, and impairs digestion.”

Orson Welles opined, “There are three intolerable things in life - cold coffee, lukewarm champagne, and overexcited women.”

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The 1939 South American Cook Book written by Cora, Rose, and Bob Brown stated that, “Coffee in Brazil is always made fresh and, except at breakfast time, drunk jet black from demitasses first filled almost to the brim with the characteristic moist, soft coffee sugar of the country, which melts five times as fast as our hard granulated. For breakfast larger cups are used, and they’re more than half filled with cream. This cafe con leite doesn’t require so much sugar as cafe preto - black coffee.”

Quotes from Jethro Tull song Inside: “I’m sittin’ in the corner feelin’ glad, got no money comin’ in but I can’t be sad, That was the best cuppa coffee I ever had, And I won’t worry about a thing because we got it made, here on the Inside outside’s so far away.”

In the 1942 To Think of Coffee, Margaret Meagher is quoted, “Coffee has … expand[ed] humanity’s working-day from twelve to a potential twenty-four hours. The tempo, the complexity, the tension of modern life, call for something that can perform the miracle of stimulating brain activity, without evil, habit-forming after-effects.”

A quote by Jean Kerr, “Do you know how helpless you feel if you have a full cup of coffee in your hand and you start to sneeze?”

Jonathan Swift commented, “The best Maxim I know in this life is, to drink your Coffee when you can, and when you cannot, to be easy without it. While you continue to be splenetic, count upon it I will always preach. Thus much I sympathise with you that I am not cheerful enough to write, for I believe Coffee once a week is necessary to that.”

Howard Schutz, the CEO of Starbucks, provided this 1997 quote: “We would take something old and tired and common - coffee - and weave a sense of romance and community around it. We would rediscover the mystique and charm that had swirled around coffee throughout the centuries.”

Quotes from Justina Chen Headley in North of Beautiful:

“Wait!”
“What?” I lowered my cup hastily, wondering if maybe there was a stray hair, or worse, a newly boiled bug inside my cup.
“You got to smell it first. It’s the proper way to cup coffee.”
“Cup coffee?”
“Taste it.”
“What? Are you the coffee police or something?”

In his Science et Methode, Henri Poincare is quoted, “For fifteen days I struggled to prove that no functions analogous to those I have since called Fuchsian functions could exist; I was then very ignorant. Every day I sat down at my work table where I spent an hour or two; I tried a great number of combinations and arrived at no result. One evening, contrary to my custom, I took black coffee; I could not go to sleep; ideas swarmed up in clouds; I sensed them clashing until, to put it so, a pair would hook together to form a stable combination. By morning I had established the existence of a class of Fuchsian functions, those derived from the hypergeometric series. I had only to write up the results which took me a few hours.”

Andre Simon is quoted as saying, “Black coffee must be strong and very hot; if strong coffee does not agree with you, do not drink black coffee. And if you do not drink black coffee, do not drink any coffee at all.”

In the book 1587 treatise In Praise of Coffee, Sheik-Abd-al-Kadir states, “Coffee is the common man’s gold, and like gold, it brings to every person the feeling of luxury and nobility.”

In the 1966 The Haphazard Gourmet, Richard Gehman states, “It was one of those mornings when a man could face the day only after warming himself with a mug of thick coffee beaded with steam, a good thick crust of bread, and a bowl of bean soup.”

Quote from O’Brien: Star Trek DS9, “Coffee, Jamaican blend, double-strong, double-sweet.”

In the 1974 France for the Gourmet Traveller, Pamela Vandyke Price is quoted, “Sugar is always served with coffee [in France], usually in large lumps, and it is not bad manners - though certainly informal and not to be done at a luncheon or dinner party - to dip the corner of a lump of sugar into the coffee and then eat it. To do so is to ‘faire le canard.’”

Bob Geldof is quoted as saying, “Rock’n'roll is instant coffee.”

Napoleon Bonaparte declared, “I would rather suffer with coffee than be senseless.”

In the 1917 Love Song of Alfred Prufrock, Thomas Eliot wrote, “For I have known them all already, known them all. Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons, I have measured out my life with coffee spoons; I know the voices dying with a dying fall. Beneath the music from a farther room.”

Albert Camus asked, “Should I kill myself, or have a cup of coffee?”

Russell Greenberg, the Director of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center provided this 1996 quote: “Coffee is turning out to be quite a cosmic issue - and the way it’s grown, marketed, and consumed has implications for the environmental health of the world.”

Sydney Smith penned this quote: “If you want to improve your understanding, drink coffee; it is the intelligent beverage.”

In Monstrous Regiment, Terry Pratchett asked, “Who shall I shoot? You choose. Now, listen very carefully: where’s your coffee? You’ve got coffee, haven’t you? C’mon, everyone’s got coffee! Spill the beans!”

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