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Coffee & Caffeine
This morning's forecast: 100% chance of coffee ~Keith Wynn, @ravens_rhapsody, tweet, 2017
The morning cup of coffee has an exhilaration about it which the cheering influence of the afternoon or evening cup of tea cannot be expected to reproduce. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, "Over the Teacups," 1890
Coffee much quickens the spirits and makes the heart lightsome. ~An old coffee-house handbill
The fact that I'm upright is credit to our french press. ~Elementary, "Pushing Buttons," 2018, written by Jeffrey Paul King [S6, E3, Sherlock Holmes]
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. ~The New York Times, 1949, as quoted in Mark Pendergrast, Uncommon Grounds, 2010
What goes best with a cup of coffee? Another cup. ~Henry Rollins, 1989
I always get too high and fidgety with two cups. ~Stephen Dixon, "Question," 1978
A morning without coffee is like sleep. ~Author unknown
Owen's Law for Secretaries: As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something that will last until the coffee is cold. ~The Complete Murphy's Law: A Definitive Collection, Arthur Bloch, 1990
Mothers are those wonderful people who can get up in the morning before the smell of coffee. ~Author unknown
Conscience keeps more people awake than coffee. ~Author unknown
Way too much coffee. But if it weren't for the coffee, I'd have no identifiable personality whatsoever. ~David Letterman
Sleep is a symptom of caffeine deprivation. ~Author unknown
There's every sign that coffee will remain the country's leading beverage forever. ~Coffee Annual, 1952, as quoted in Mark Pendergrast, Uncommon Grounds, 2010
Decaffeinated coffee is the devil's blend. ~Author unknown
I want to hear the simmer
Of the old coffee pot;
I want to hear it hummin'
When it's gettin' good and hot;
I want to see the vapor rise,
Like incense in the room,
And float about a-fillin'
Every corner with perfume.
~John W. Fellows, "The Old Coffee Pot," in The People's Home Journal, July 1903
I bought a decaffeinated coffee table — you can't even see a difference. ~Author unknown
Decaf? No, it's dangerous to dilute my caffeine stream. ~Author unknown
Coffee has two virtues, it is wet and warm. ~Dutch Proverb [Quoted in P.J. Harrebomée, Spreekwoordenboek der Nederlandsche taal, c.1853, and in English: Henry G. Bohn, A Polyglot of Foreign Proverbs comprising French, Italian, German, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, and Danish, with English Translations, 1857. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]
Lord, give me coffee to change the things I can change, and wine to accept the things that I can't. ~Internet meme, c.2013
Tom Hackett: This is my personal stash of Yorkshire Gold. Feel free to help yourself, please. But, if you do take the last tea bag, could you not put the box back empty?
Damien Asante: I drink coffee, man. This is America.
~The InBetween, "Pilot" [S1, E1, 2019], written by Moira Kirland
At this point in my life, I am more coffee than man. ~Keith Wynn, @ravens_rhapsody, tweet
I went to the Coffee Club and heard very good discourse... ~Samuel Pepys, diary, 1660 January 17th
I love the smell of roses
Along about in June;
And I'd hang around and listen
To almost any tune;
But the fragrance and the music
That nothin' else has got
Are the odor and the simmer
Of the old coffee pot.
~John W. Fellows, "The Old Coffee Pot," in The People's Home Journal, July 1903
Caffeine isn't a drug, it's a vitamin! ~Author unknown
It's 6:55 am and I'm on my third cup of coffee. By noon, I'll be able to solve advanced problems in quantum physics. ~Keith Wynn, @ravens_rhapsody, tweet
Forever: Time it takes to brew the first pot of coffee in the morning. ~Author unknown
Serious question: back in the days before coffee, did people just basically die? ~Keith Wynn, @ravens_rhapsody, tweet
Don't drink coffee in the morning. It will keep you awake until noon. ~Author unknown
Coffee (which makes the politician wise,
And see thro' all things with his half-shut eyes)...
~Alexander Pope, "The Rape of the Lock," 1711–1712 ["A sarcastic allusion to the pretentious talk of the would-be politicians who frequented coffee-houses. These oracles were a standing topic of ridicule." ~Whitwell Elwin –tg]
Be a coffee-drinking individual — espresso yourself! ~Author unknown
Replace therefore your morning-coffee by a hearty breakfast.... If you refuse doing so, then have it your own way; but in that case do not afterwards complain of your wretchedness and misery, and if the frame of your body should give way, then you may be sure that you yourself contributed most powerfully towards its downfall... those who are so fond of coffee that the very word coffee acts on them like a charm... ~Sebastian Kneipp, Thus Shalt Thou Live: Hints and Advice for the Healthy and the Sick on a Simple and Rational Mode of Life and a Natural Method of Cure, 1889, translated from the 19th German edition
I make serious coffee — so strong it wakes up the neighbors. ~Author unknown
You are only as strong as the coffee you drink. ~Keith Wynn, @ravens_rhapsody, tweet
In America you can buy bucket-sized cups of coffee in any flavor you like other than coffee-flavor. ~Author unknown
A yawn is a silent scream for coffee. ~Author unknown
Coffee in styrofoam is against my religion. ~Betsy Cañas Garmon, @wildthyme, tweet, 2009, betsygarmon.com [Amen, Sister! —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]
Is “enthusiastically” an appropriate answer when someone asks me how I take my coffee? ~Keith Wynn, @ravens_rhapsody, tweet, 2017
All's fair in love and war — and coffee. ~South Park, "Gnomes," 1998, written by Brady, Parker, Stone, Goodman, & Pimental [S2, E17, Mr Tweek —tg]
Coffee is a hug in a mug. ~Author unknown
Hot coffee and cold winter mornings are two of the best soul mates who ever did find each other. ~Terri Guillemets, "Soul warmth," 2010
I believe in living life one coffee cup at a time. ~Keith Wynn, @ravens_rhapsody, tweet, 2017
I can't stop drinking the coffee. I stop drinking the coffee, I stop doing the standing and the walking and the words-putting-into-sentence doing. ~Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino, Gilmore Girls, "Luke Can See Her Face," season 4, episode 20, original airdate 2004 May 4th, spoken by the character Lorelai Gilmore
I never realized how much of a stimulant coffee is until last week, when a friend of mine who drank fifteen cups of coffee a day dropped dead. And three days later he was still mingling at the funeral!... As they were lowering him into the ground, the minister said, "Does anyone have any last words?" And from the coffin came, "Heavy on the sugar!" ~Robert Orben, 2100 Laughs For All Occasions, 1983
Lists "coffee" as family member when filling out forms. ~Keith Wynn, @ravens_rhapsody, tweet, 2017
He said, "I'm ordering coffee with the meal.
Hot black coffee in a great big cup,
Fuming, steaming, filled right up.
I don't want coffee iced in a glass,
And I don't want a miserable demi-tasse,
But what I'll have, come woe, come weal,
Is coffee with, coffee with, coffee with the meal."
~Ogden Nash (1902–1971), "Coffee with the Meal"
My morning cutoff for coffee is when my hands turn earthquake and my eyes go double-exposure. ~Terri Guillemets, "Coffee at the office is only 25¢!," 2006
As a rule, I do not approve of messing around with coffee. No sugar, no milk, no chocolate, hazelnuts, cinnamon, no nothing.... Just drink it black, the way God does. ~Clay Thompson, “I put egg shells in my coffee,” The Arizona Republic, August 2014
There's nothing sweeter than a cup of bitter coffee. ~Rian Aditia
I like her bitter as I can git 'er,
along with a piece of pie.
I'm a coffee is half-full kind of girl. ~Terri Guillemets, "Down–mid–uptown," 1994
Coffee, coffee, coffee
Everyone shut up.
~Internet meme: "A poem for mornings," c.2015
Man does not live by coffee alone. Have a danish. ~Author unknown
Sometimes when I over-indulge in coffee, it is as if I hear with other organs besides those of hearing. I startle easily, before the actual noise happens. ~Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742–1799), "The Character of a Person of my Acquaintance" [Lichtenberg's unfinished "autopsychography" (Norman Alliston, 1908). A little altered. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]
Coffee, and I'm a warrior
Tea, a philosopher
Wine, a lover
Water, a napper
Coffee, n. break fluid. ~Author unknown
An American will go to hell for a bag of coffee. ~American proverb
Dear people who like decaf: With all due respect, why? ~Keith Wynn, @ravens_rhapsody, tweet, 2017
This coffee tastes like mud!
Well, it was ground this morning.
~Old Vaudeville joke
Thank you, dear coffee, for making Mondays feel a little less...Monday. ~Keith Wynn, @ravens_rhapsody, tweet, 2017
Coffee is the best thing to douse the sunrise with. ~Terri Guillemets, "Rise & shine," 2006
(A)bort (R)etry (S)leep?
If it ain't caffeinated, it ain't coffee! ~Author unknown
Coffee smells like freshly ground heaven. ~Terri Guillemets, "Morning out," 1992
Coffee and tobacco are complete repose. ~Turkish proverb
When the Starbucks line is out the door, but you refuse to turn around because you're not a quitter. ~Keith Wynn, @ravens_rhapsody, tweet, 2017
I orchestrate my mornings to the tune of coffee. ~Terri Guillemets, "My heart sings the morning," 2004
For adrenalin junkies, coffee's aphrodisiac power is immediately evident. The drink is essentially the world's most socially acceptable stimulant. ~"Coffee — The Aphrodisiac Buzz of Caffeine," EatSomethingSexy.com
In Seattle you haven't had enough coffee until you can thread a sewing machine while it's running. ~Jeff Bezos
Coffee makes grisly mornings bearable. ~Terri Guillemets
Herbal tea tastes so much better when it's coffee. ~Author unknown
Two wrongs do not make a right, but two cups of coffee sure as hell do! ~Keith Wynn, @ravens_rhapsody, tweet, 2017
Coffee sparks our morning fuse. ~Terri Guillemets
Coffee in England is just toasted milk. ~Christopher Fry, 1962
Has anyone else noticed that coffee is a really good listener? ~Keith Wynn, @ravens_rhapsody, tweet, 2017
Everybody should believe in something. I believe I'll have another coffee. ~Author unknown
The steaming mug greeted her, "Coffee–doodle–doo!"
"Good morning!" said she, "I love you, too."
~Terri Guillemets, "Fantasy date," 2002
Coffee is not my cup of tea. ~Author unknown
Me before coffee: today is really going to be a struggle. Me after coffee: I'm the king of the world!!! ~Keith Wynn, @ravens_rhapsody, tweet, 2017
Wrapping my hands around the warm mug, and inhaling, and drinking sip by sip — a calming, invigorating, aromatic, caffeinated meditation. ~Terri Guillemets
Caffeine is my shepherd; I shall not doze.
It maketh me to wake in green pastures:
It leadeth me beyond the sleeping masses.
It restoreth my buzz:
It leadeth me in the paths of consciousness for its name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of addiction,
I will fear no Equal™:
For thou art with me; thy cream and thy sugar they comfort me.
Thou preparest a carafe before me in the presence of The Starbucks:
Thou anointest my day with pep; my mug runneth over.
Surely richness and taste shall follow me all the days of my life:
And I will dwell in the House of Mochas forever.
If you want to improve your understanding, drink coffee. Sir James Mackintosh used to say, he believed the difference between one man and another was produced by the quantity of coffee he drank. ~Sydney Smith, quoted in A Memoir of the Reverend Sydney Smith: Volume I by his daughter Lady Saba Holland with A Selection From His Letters edited by Mrs. Austin, 1855
I looove plenty of coffee
the energy, my heart racing
thinking foolishly optimistic
coffee BUZZ coffee coffee
— awake until 3 A.M.!
~Terri Guillemets, "Coffee fool," 2019, blackout poetry created from T. Greenwood, The Golden Hour, 2017, pages 58–59
I'm on coffee #5 and I suddenly want to become a motivational speaker. ~Keith Wynn, @ravens_rhapsody, tweet, 2017
There's something about cold mornings and hot coffee that brings Time to a crawl, until our mugs are empty, then it lightning-bolts off into the waiting day. ~Terri Guillemets
A cup of coffee, — real coffee, — home-browned, home-ground, home-made, that comes to you dark as a hazel-eye, but changes to a golden bronze as you temper it with cream that never cheated, but was real cream from its birth, thick, tenderly yellow, perfectly sweet, neither lumpy nor frothing on the Java: such a cup of coffee is a match for twenty blue devils, and will exorcise them all. Involuntarily one draws in his breath by the nostrils. The fragrant savor fills his senses with pleasure; for no coffee can be good in the mouth that does not first send a sweet offering of odor to the nostrils. ~Henry Ward Beecher, "Haying"
When one asks for cream one should receive either cream or the information that the establishment in question favors instead a combination of vegetable oil and cancer-causing initials. ~Fran Lebowitz
Chocolate, men, coffee — some things are better rich. ~Author unknown
I like my coffee like my women — hot, strong, steamy. ~Author unknown
Coffee is ground from beans of happiness. ~Terri Guillemets, "Holy mocha!," 1994
But what is coffee, but a noxious berry,
Born to keep used-up Londoners awake?
~Charles Stuart Calverley, "Beer," Verses and Translations, 1862
Does fear of accidentally taking a sip of decaf count as a phobia? ~Keith Wynn, @ravens_rhapsody, tweet, 2019
I try to stop drinking coffee each morning before the earth starts quaking beneath my feet — or, before my body starts quaking on my feet. Before I become a human coffeequake. Mmm, coffee cake! ~Terri Guillemets, "Perhaps an extra cup too much," 2005
Water is the most essential element of life, because without it you can't make coffee. ~Author unknown
I think the main ingredient in decaf coffee is disappointment. ~Keith Wynn, @ravens_rhapsody, tweet, 2017
Coffee makes me invincible. But when the cup is empty, I return to mere mortal. ~Terri Guillemets, "Morning armor," 2009
Retirement is one great big giant coffee break. ~Author unknown
My blood type is Folgers. ~Internet meme from before the internet
COFFEE. — This is probably the favorite stimulant of most Americans... Coffee has no actual food value, except for a small quantity of sugar and protein which may be dissolved form it. It should be regarded as a stimulant, therefore, not as a true food. ~Everybody's Cook Book, 1924
Coffee and a barista kind
Prepare me for the morning grind
~Terri Guillemets, 2008
All the coffee in Columbia won't make me a morning person. ~Author unknown
I just realized I'm not a morning person — I'm a coffee person. ~Author unknown
Do I like my coffee black? There are other colors? ~Author unknown
I don't understand decaf, it's like sex without the sex. ~A.C. Van Cherub, 2008
There's no logical reason to put pumpkin in a cup of coffee. ~Cindy Ott
Happiness sugars my coffee. ~Terri Guillemets
Don't laugh at the coffee. Some day you, too, may be old and weak. ~Author unknown
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. I bet this kind of thing does not happen to heroin addicts. I bet that when serious heroin addicts go to purchase their heroin, they do not tolerate waiting in line while some dilettante in front of them orders a hazelnut smack-a-cino with cinnamon sprinkles. ~Dave Barry, "Decaf Poopacino," Dave Barry Is Not Taking This Sitting Down!, 2000
Nothing is sad on a beautiful morning save to look down and realize you just had the last sip of coffee and the mug sits indifferently empty. ~Terri Guillemets
And you know very well that coffee makes us severe, and grave, and philosophical. ~Jonathan Swift
I'd stop drinking coffee, but I'm no quitter. ~Author unknown
Tea is good while reading dusty books. Coffee pairs well with shiny things and the real world. ~Terri Guillemets
I must get up. My coffee needs me. ~Author unknown
Coffee — the pleasing nectar of Goddess Morning. ~Terri Guillemets
The three associated beverages — cocoa, tea, and coffee — are known to the French as aromatic drinks. Each of these has its characteristic aroma. The fragrance and flavor are so marked that they cannot be imitated by any artificial product, although numerous attempts have been made in regard to all three. ~Walter Baker & Co., Ltd., Chocolate and Cocoa Recipes, 1916
Too much coffee! — the caffeine starts muttering, my mind goes stumbling, my jitters go jiggy. ~Terri Guillemets
I think if I were a woman I'd wear coffee as a perfume. ~John van Druten, 1963
They now say that coffee can cause heart attacks. Only if the machine runs out! ~Robert Orben, 2100 Laughs For All Occasions, 1983
I'm not sure if I've had too much coffee, or if it's had me. ~Terri Guillemets
Coffee makes dreams come true. ~Keith Wynn, @ravens_rhapsody, tweet, 2017
Coffee smiles us into the day. ~Terri Guillemets
Given enough coffee, I could rule the world! ~Author unknown
I worship at the temple of the coffee bean —
singing hymns all morn to the goddess caffeine.
If reincarnation is a thing, then I'm pretty sure I'm coming back as a cup of coffee. ~Keith Wynn, @ravens_rhapsody, tweet, 2017
Ah well, a morning with weak coffee is still beaucoup better than a morning with no coffee. ~Terri Guillemets
published 2001 Jun 9
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