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Tea Wisdom by Aaron Fisher is a collection of quotations from authors around the world and through time about tea. Some are funny, some are inspirational, and some make you think. The book is about six inches square and is beautifully illustrated with photographs of prints, tea plants and leaves, and tea sets, all in an Asian style.
Tea Wisdom would make a great hostess gift or stocking stuffer and would charmingly round out a gift basket that included a mug and a tin of tea. It's not the kind of book to sit down and read in one sitting but one to browse through at your leisure.
The book is divided into seven chapters, and I thought I'd share a quote from each one.
Chapter 1: Good Living
There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be diminished by a nice cup of tea. --Bernard-Paul HerouxChapter 2: Good Health
Tea is an elixir for good health, a miraculous means of prolonging one's life. --Sen, quoted by Ryofu PusseChapter 3: Good Spirits
There is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea. --Ralph Waldo EmersonChapter 4: Good Company
Teas and books--mmmmmm, two of life's exquisite pleasures that together bring near bliss. --Christine HanrahanChapter 5: Traditions
The spirit of the tea beverage is one of peace, comfort, and refinement. --Arthur GrayChapter 6: Reviving Yourself
As daylight breaks let none of us plead tiredness, / But over tea continue our debate. --Cao Xue Ain, translated by David HawkesChapter 7: Relfection & Meditation
Doing nothing is respectable at tea. --Sasaki SanmiEach page has one to four quotations, so there are quite a few in this 240-page book. Enjoy!
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Published by Tuttle Publishing, 2009
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