Hot coffeeCoffee quotations are plentiful because coffee is not just a beverage — it’s darn near a necessity. There are some people that will not — cannot — function without it. Therefore, people have had much to say about this dark, hot, caffeinated drink over the years.

David Letterman quipped that his very personality depended upon coffee when he said, “Way too much coffee. But if it weren’t for the coffee, I’d have no identifiable personality whatsoever.”

Some, like Alex Levine, suggest that coffee is necessary for a healthy diet. “Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and fat.”

“Coffee which makes the politician wise,” suggested Alexander Pope, “and see through all things with his half-shut eyes.” Anyone that’s ever been on the long, hard political campaign trail knows well the coffee can keep a candidate going.

“Are we sure it is desirable for a man’s spirit not to be at war with itself, or that it is better to be serene and ready to go to dinner than to be excited and unwilling to stop for a cup of coffee even?” asked William Saroyan. He suggests that coffee is a social balm, as well as a mental medicine.

Leave to Steven Wright to find the surreal in coffee drinking. He said once, “I put instant coffee in a microwave and almost went back in time.”

T.S. Eliot was quoted as saying, “I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.” Who knew coffee, and its service instruments, could be so philosophical”

“I never drink coffee at lunch,” said Ronald Reagan. “I find it keeps me awake for the afternoon.” Uh, but don’t we want our presidents to stay awake on the job?

“Tobacco, coffee, alcohol, hashish, prussic acid, strychnine, are weak dilutions; the surest poison is time,” Ralph Waldo Emerson said. He knew that poisons are not always chemicals.

Charles Maurice de Talleyrand claimed that coffee is “black as the devil, hot as hell, pure as an angel, sweet as love.” That’s a serious statement!

“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.” Or so claimed The Women’s Petition Against Coffee. Geez, that sounds worse than a love affair.

Here is a little Youtube video with a few more coffee quotations to enjoy along with your favorite beverage:


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