Writers Express Their Opinions About the Revered Bean
“I have measured out my life,” said T. S. Eliot, adding “with coffee spoons.”
“Coffee, though a useful medicine,” Jesse Torrey wrote in The Moral Instructor in 1879, “if drunk constantly will at length induce a decay of health, and hectic fever.”
“Our culture runs on coffee and gasoline,” said Edward Abbey, adding “the first often tasting like the second.”
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“If you want to improve your understanding, drink coffee,” wrote Sydney Smith adding, “it is the intelligent beverage.”
“I do much of my creative thinking while golfing,” said Harper Lee, “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.”
“Coffee is good for talent,” said Ralph Waldo Emerson, “but genius wants prayer.”
“The coffee was boiling over a charcoal fire,” said Charles Dickens, “and large slices of bread and butter were piled one upon the other like deals in a lumber yard.”
“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,” said Jonathan Swift adding, “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.”
“I believe humans get a lot done,” wrote Flash Rosenberg, “not because we're smart, but because we have thumbs so we can make coffee.”
“Life is just one cup of coffee after another,” Bertrand Russell is said to have uttered as his last words, adding “and don't look for anything else.”
“Coffee affects the diaphragm and the plexus of the stomach, from which it reaches the brain by barely perceptible radiations that escape complete analysis,” wrote Honore de Balzac in The Pleasures and Pains of Coffee, adding “that aside we may surmise that our primary nervous flux conducts and electricity emitted by coffee when we drink it.”
“Behind every successful woman,” said Stephanie Piro, “is a substantial amount of coffee.”
“Coffee makes us severe,” said Jonathan Swift, “and grave and philosophical.”
“I orchestrate my mornings,” said Harry Mahtar, “to the tune of coffee.”
“A leaf fluttered in through the window this morning, as if supported by the rays of the sun,” wrote Anais Nin adding, “a bird settled on the fire escape, joy in the task of coffee, joy accompanied me as I walked.”
“For lo! the board with cups and spoons is crowned, the berries crackle, and the mill turns round, at once they gratify their scent and taste, and frequent cups prolong the rich repast,” wrote Alexander Pope, adding “Coffee, which makes politicians wise, and see through all things with half-shut eyes.”
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