Breaks in the train of thought


 Put your feet up and watch others do the work, with more pictures from YM’s Tea & Toast test.

More Tea & Toast test pictures 

Leaf of faith
On tea and its effects:

‘Thank God for tea! What would the world do without tea? How did it exist? I am glad I was not born before tea.’
Sydney Smith, Recipe for Salad

‘I’m not interested in immortality but only in tea flavour.’
Lu Tung Pin, one of the Eight Immortals of Taoism

Earl Grey,
Capt. Jean Luc Picard, Star Ship Enterprise, Star Trek

‘If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty.’
Japanese Proverb

‘Wouldn’t it be dreadful to live in a country where they didn’t have tea?’
Noel Coward

‘There is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea.’
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Letters and Social Aims

‘I am a hardened and shameless tea drinker, who for twenty years diluted his meals with only the infusion of the fascinating plant; who with tea amused the evening, with tea solaced the midnight, and with tea welcomed the morning.’
Samuel Johnson

‘Toast and marmalade for tea, sailing ships upon the sea.’
Tin Tin

‘Tea Ern?’
Eric Morecambe, Morecambe & Wise

‘Make tea, not war’
Hell’s Grannies, Monty Python’s Flying Circus

Wisdom on toast
Cutting off the crust of life

‘If toast always lands butter-side down, and cats always land on their feet, what happens if you strap toast on the back of a cat and drop it?’
Steven Wright (American comedian)

‘I went to a restaurant that serves “breakfast at any time”. So I ordered French Toast during the Renaissance.’
Steven Wright (American comedian)

‘No bread. Then bring me some toast!’
Punch (1852)

‘Village life makes stale bread so common that toasting has become a national habit restricted to the British Isles and those countries which have been colonized by Britain.’

H.D. Renner, ‘The Origin of Food Habits’ (1944)

‘Unbuttered toast is a substance half complete, and to be forced to eat it in that state is necessarily to feel deprived.’
John Thorne, ‘Pot on the Fire’ (2000)

‘You know that Pepperidge Farm bread, that stuff is fancy. That stuff is wrapped twice. You open it, and then still ain’t open. That’s why I don’t buy it, I don’t need another step between me and toast.’
Mitch Hedberg (American Comedian)

‘Now for the tea of our host Now for the rollicking bun, Now for the muffin and toast, Now for the gay Sally Lunn!’
William Shakespeare

‘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 cosiness.’
P. G. Wodehouse