Quotes / Spot of Tea

Xander: Shouldn't you be drinking tea?
Giles: Tea is soothing. I wish to be tense.
Xander: Alright, but you're destroying a perfectly good cultural stereotype here.

"Sick of tea? That's like being sick of breathing!"

"I don't drink coffee, I take tea my dear."
Sting, "Englishman in New York"

Have some tea, my lord, some chrysanthemum tea..
An informal variation on the normal recipe.
— From Stephen Sondheim's Pacific Overtures

"Tea. Earl Grey. Hot."
Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Star Trek: The Next Generation

"No, look, it's very, very simple ... all I want ... is a cup of tea. You are going to make one for me. Keep quiet and listen."
Arthur Dent, speaking to a Nutri-Matic Drinks Synthesizer in The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

"Hagrid howled still more loudly. Harry and Hermione looked at Ron to help them.
"Er—shall I make a cup of tea?" said Ron. Harry stared at him."It's what my mum does whenever someone's upset," Ron muttered, shrugging.

On eighty cups a day, I haven't slept for eighty years!
Elemental, Cup of Brown Joy

Mickey Smith: Tea? While we're waiting for the world to come to an end? Very British.

Eddie: The entire British empire was built on cups of tea, and if you think I'm going to war without one, mate, you're mistaken.

Ted: For God's sake, will you all shut up and help me think of a practical solution!?!
Mrs Doyle: Tea for everyone!

"You can't get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me."

"It can prolong drunkenness, cure a hangover, mend a broken heart, substitute as fuel for automobiles and farm machinery, be given as an elixir to put a stopper in death, subvert therapy, and bring together an entire country in times of national crisis."
Heather Hogan finally gets the British obsession while recapping Skins (and Coronation Street) at AfterEllen.com

Will: What be tea?
The Doctor: Oh, a noxious infusion of Oriental leaves containing a high percentage of toxic acid.
Will: Sounds an evil brew, don't it?
The Doctor: True. [Beat] Personally, I rather like it.
Doctor Who, "The Awakening"

"Would you like some tea? It's a hug in a cup."
— Patrick Jane, The Mentalist

Hatsworth: IT'S TEA TIME!

"...tea is one of the main stays of civilization in this country, as well as in Eire, Australia and New Zealand, but because the best manner of making it is the subject of violent disputes."
George Orwell, A Spot of Tea

Tea is still believed, by English people of all classes, to have miraculous properties. ... Whatever your mental or physical state, what you need is "a nice cup of tea". ... A bad accident - people are injured and in shock: tea is neaded. "I'll put the kettle on." World War Three breaks out - a nuclear attack is imminent. "I'll put the kettle on."

"You get the idea. We are rather fond of tea."
— anthropologist Kate Fox, Watching the English, 2004

"There's nothing in life that can't be sorted with a good brew."
Steph Haydock, Waterloo Road

"...In this metaphor, tea stand for grace and courtesy. As well it might."

Ducem Barr: If you will sit, sir. You drink tea?
Bel Riose: On Siwenna? My good sir, it is socially impossible not to drink it here.

"I drink a lot of tea. They say humans are made up of 70 % water. I think at this point I'm probably made up of 40 % Earl Grey, and 20 % camomile, and 10 % North African Mint."
Jane Eyre, The Autobiography of Jane Eyre, "This is me (an Introduction)" Ep: 1

Jane: I am off the hook! Woo! PARTY TIME! [takes a very lady-like cup of tea] Tea party. [sips tea]

Americans think we Brits drink tea because weíre polite and genteel or something, whereas we really drink it because itís a stimulant and itís hot enough to sterilize cholera bacteria.

Corporal Hancock "Sir." (Offers mug of tea)
Major General Urquhart "Hancock. I've got lunatics laughing at me from the woods. My original plan has been scuppered now that the jeeps haven't arrived. My communications are completely broken down. Do you really believe any of that can be helped by a cup of tea?"
Corporal Hancock "Couldn't hurt, sir."

Ed: What's the plan then?
Shaun: Right. [cuts to Imagine Spot] We take Pete's car, we drive over to Mum's, we go in, take care of Philip, then we grab Mum, we go over to Liz's place, hole up, have a cup of tea and wait for this whole thing to blow over.

I'm going to go do British things, like drink cups of tea and eat bangers and mash, that sort of thing... Because I'm British.