by Ryan Jacobs
The following is a small collection of coffee related quotations
from famous people.
Coffee, which makes the politician wise, And see through all
things with his half-shut eyes.
Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as
hard to sleep after.
-Anne Morrow Lindbergh
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.
-T. S. Eliot
Lady Nancy Astor, Viscountess: "If you were my husband, Winston, I
should flavour your
coffee with poison."
"If I WERE your husband, madam, I should drink it."
A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into thereoms.
Black as hell, strong as death, sweet as love.
- Turkish proverb
The morning cup of coffee has an exhiliration about it which the
cheering influence of the
afternoon or evening cup of tea cannot be expected to reproduce.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
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
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
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
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
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"
If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea,
please bring me some coffee.
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