Friday, May 04, 2007

Tea Box Quotes

Interesting tidbits of literature can be found in many unusual places. These quotes came from some Celestial Seasonings tea packages and went straight into my collection.

"I call architecture frozen music" --Goethe

"The difficult is done at once, the impossible takes a little longer." --Arabian Proverb

"Yesterday is already a dream and tomorrow is only a vision, but today well-lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope." --Sanskrit Proverb

This one is a little longer, but I love the imagery:

"On the train from New Delhi bound for Bombay, a stranger boards, bearing the aroma of spices and exotic teas. His eyes, brown as cinnamon, smile as they slip across my face. He places a worn leather case beside his feet, and I glimpse the aging label that decorates one side. The label bears the image of a majestic elephant--a great, gray, tusky beast adorned in crimson blankets edged with gems. I wonder at this stranger's journey, what tales he might tell if only I dared to ask. The rocking of the train lulls me to a dream-filled sleep, where princes wearing gilded smiles guide elephants across the shifting sands. When I awake, the stranger has departed, leaving me with mystery and the promise of adventures still to come." --Debra Bokur


Lydia H. said...

I enjoyed these quotes. The tea from Celestial Seasonings is a treasure too! Do you put the actual pieces of cardboard with the quotes in your collection or just the words themselves?

I will try to be on the lookout for more good quotes to send you. Will e-mail suffice?

Kara Dekker said...

I normally handwrite quotes in a notebook, since most places I find them are not conducive to cut and paste. (like borrowed books and magazines!) But in this case, yes, I cut the boxes up. ;)

E-mail is great. I'm always glad for new additions to the collection.

Mike and Julie said...

I've been looking for an old quote from Celestial Seasoning - it is about reaching for the stars but not beating ourselves with them? Does that sound at all familiar?

David Thomas said...

I too keep a book of teaboxarianism. I was sure I was not the only one and searching for tea box quotes I found your post. Thank you. I plan to post mine soon.

Unknown said...

I am looking for a poem I read on a tea box and kept on my windowsill. The last line is
"God is my all, I have no fear, for God and Love and Truth are here."
Does anyone know the poet or where I can find a copy of this poem?

John Dekker said...

It's by Hannah More Kohaus, 1898. It seems to be called The Prayer of Faith.