10th
Mar
2014

Posted in Kafevend Blog

Back in September we had a look at everyday phrases that have their root in the humble cuppa. Today we take a look at moments of truth and wisdom inspired by tea. It should come as no surprise that the Japanese who traditionally venerate tea through the complicated tea ritual, also have some thoughtful proverbs to share:

- A bath refreshes the body, tea refreshes the mind.

- If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty.

- Cold tea and cold rice are bearable, but cold looks and cold words are not.

- Strange how a teapot can represent at the same time the comforts of solitude and the pleasures of company.

- The truth lies in a bowl of tea  - Nambo Sokei, 16th century tea master.

- Tea is a religion of the art of life  - Okakura Kakuzō (1863-1913) Japanese scholar.

Of course we mustn't forget the birth place of tea; China brings us equally thought provoking proverbs which demonstrate tea's long-standing and central role in life:

- Drinking a daily cup of tea will surely starve the apothecary.

- Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one.

- Water is the mother of tea, a teapot its father, and fire the teacher.

- Tea is a divine herb  - Xu Guangqi (1562-1633) Chinese scholar.

- Tea is drunk to forget the din of the world  - Tien Yi-heng (1524-1574) Chinese poet.

So let's take heed of wise words and next time we feel a little world weary, brew our tea slowly, refresh our minds and rise above the din!

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