“We drink one another’s health and spoil our own”

“The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d druther not”

“I believe that water is the only drink for a wise man.”

“You’ll drink each day with greater zest”

“The telephone is a good way to talk to people without having to offer them a drink.”

“Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors… and miss.”

“Drinking a daily cup of tea will surely starve the apothecary”

“There is no need to have any special attitude while drinking except one of thankfulness. The nature of the tea itself is that of no-mind”

“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves — slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future”

“If you ask Zen people they will say tea is not something that you pour with unawareness and drink like any other drink. It is not a drink, it is meditation; it is prayer. So they listen to the kettle creating a melody, and in that listening they become more silent, more alert”