Black as hell, strong as death, sweet as love. - Turkish proverb.
If the horseshoe sinks, then drink it. - Plains recipe for coffee.
Could milk unstir itself from coffee and run backward into the milk carton? Could a broken egg mend through a reversal of time? Could wrinkles spontaneously disappear? - Clarkson University scientist, Lawrence S. Schulman (such things may in fact be happening in certain regions of the universe)
Coffee in England is just toasted milk. - Christopher Fry, British playwright in the "New York Post" (29 Nov, 1962).
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, Sr. "Over the Teacups" (1891).
After a few months' acquaintance with European "coffee," one's mind weakens, and his faith with it, and he begins to wonder if the rich beverage of home, with its clotted layer of yellow cream on top of it, is not a mere dream after all, and a thing which never existed. - Mark Twain "A Tramp Abroad" (1880).
It is extraordinary how the house and the simplest possessions of someone who has been left become so quickly sordid. . . . Even the stain on the coffee cup seems not coffee but the physical manifestation of one's inner stain, the fatal blot that from the beginning had marked one for ultimate aloneness. - Coleman Dowell "Mrs. October Was Here, Tasmania, Now" (1973).
It's just like when you've got some coffee that's too black, which means it's too strong. What do you do? You integrate it with cream, you make it weak. But if you pour too much cream in it, you won't even know you ever had coffee. It used to be hot, it becomes cool. It used to be strong, it becomes weak. It used to wake you up, now it puts you to sleep. - Malcolm X "Message to the Grass Roots," speech, Nov. 1963, Detroit (published in Malcolm X Speaks, ch. 1, 1965).
Kerouac opened a million coffee bars and sold a million pairs of Levis to both sexes. Woodstock rises from his pages. -William Burroughs "The Adding Machine, Remembering Jack Kerouac" (1985).
Note: There is no coffee in the following quote, but I thought it is appropriate after the above quote.
But then they danced down the street like dingledodies, and I shambled after as I've been doing all my life after people who interest me, because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes "Awww!" Jack Kerouac (1922-69), "On the Road," pt. 1, ch. 1 (1957).
We shall prepare the coffee of reconciliation through the filter of justice. Through reconciliation, streams of tears will come to our eyes. Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Haitian president. "New York Times " (October 5, 1994), spoken in exile, before being returned to his office by American troops.
Look here Steward, if this is coffee, I want tea; but if this is tea, then I wish for coffee. - "Punch," vol. cxxiii, p.44
For fifteen days I struggled to prove that no functions analogous to those I have since called Fuchsian functions could exist; I was then very ignorant. Every day I sat down at my work table where I spent an hour or two; I tried a great number of combinations and arrived at no result. One evening, contrary to my custom, I took black coffee; I could not go to sleep; ideas swarmed up in clouds; I sensed them clashing until, to put it so, a pair would hook together to form a stable combination. By morning I had established the existence of a class of Fuchsian functions, those derived from the hypergeometric series. I had only to write up the results which took me a few hours. - Henri Poincare, "Science et Methode":
Decaffeinated coffee? Kinda like kissing your sister. - Bob Irwin
If you'll excuse me a minute, I'm going to have a cup of coffee. - broadcast from Apollo 11's LEM, "Eagle", to Johnson Space Center, Houston July 20, 1969.
Plastic gun. Ingenious. More coffee, please. - The Phantom
Complacencies of the peignoir, and late
Coffee and oranges in a sunny chair.
And the green freedom of a cockatoo
Upon a rug mingle to dissipate
The holy hush of ancient sacrifice.
- Wallace Stevens "Sunday Morning"
Coffee, (which makes the politician wise,
and see through all things with his half-shut eyes)
Sent up in vapors to the Baron's brain
New stratagems, the radiant lock to gain.
- Alexander Pope, "The Universal Prayer"
He put the coffee in the cup. He put the milk in the cup of coffee. He put the sugar in the white coffee, with the tea-spoon he stirred. He drank the white coffee and he put the cup down. Without speaking to me. - Jacques Prevert, "Dejeuner du Matin"
Or to some coffee-house I stray,
For news, the manna of the day,
And from the hipp'd discourses gather
That politics go by the weather.
- Matthew Green
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons. - T.S. Eliot "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"
And went on in sunlight, into the Hofgarten,
And drank coffee, and talked for an hour.
T.S. Eliot "The Wasteland"
Many people claim coffee inspires them, but, as everybody knows, coffee only makes boring people even more boring.
- Honore de Balzac "Treatise on Modern Stimulants"
This coffee falls into your stomach, and straightway there is a general commotion. Ideas begin to move like the battalions of the Grand Army of the battlefield, and the battle takes place. Things remembered arrive at full gallop, ensuing to the wind. The light cavalry of comparisons deliver a magnificent deploying charge,the artillery of logic hurry up with their train and ammunition, the shafts of with start up like sharpshooters.Similes arise, the paper is covered with ink; for the struggle commences and is concluded with torrents of black water, just as a battle with powder.
- Honore de Balzac "The Pleasures and Pains of Coffee"