Top 20 Literature Quotes about Coffee

by Regina Kenney

List of the top 20 quotes from authors and poets about coffee.



“I’d rather take coffee than compliments just now.”
― Louisa May Alcott, Little Women



“Good. Coffee is good for you. It’s the caffeine in it. Caffeine, we are here. Caffeine puts a man on her horse and a woman in his grave.”

― Ernest Hemingway



“Where do you get inspiration for your books? I tell myself I can’t have another cup of coffee till I thought of an idea.”
― Douglas Adams



“I like coffee exceedingly…”
― H.P. Lovecraft




“Coffee is a lot more than just a drink; it’s something happening. Not as in hip, but like an event, a place to be, but not like a location, but like somewhere within yourself. It gives you time, but not actual hours or minutes, but a chance to be, like be yourself, and have a second cup”
― Gertrude Stein, Selected Writings



“The drinking of coffee is an absolute sin! Our Glorious Prophet did not partake of coffee because he knew it dulled the intellect, caused ulcers, hernia and sterility; he understood that coffee was nothing but the Devil’s ruse.”
― Orhan Pamuk, My Name is Red



“Black as night, sweet as sin.”
― Neil Gaiman, Anansi Boys


“’There’s coffee for those who want it,’ the Duke said.”

― Frank Herbert, Dune



“The fresh smell of coffee soon wafted through the apartment, the smell that separates night from day.” 
― Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage



“That’s what I do: I make coffee and occasionally succumb to suicidal nihilism. But you shouldn’t worry — poetry is still first. Cigarettes and alcohol follow”
― Anne Sexton



“Put the coffee on, bubbles, I’m coming home”
― Richard Brautigan, Loading Mercury With a Pitchfork




“That’s something that annoys the hell out of me- I mean if somebody says the coffee’s all ready and it isn’t”
― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

“It is inhumane, in my opinion, to force people who have a genuine medical need for coffee to wait in line behind people who apparently view it as some kind of recreational activity.”
― Dave Barry


Don’t stir all the warmth out of your coffee; drink it.”
― Kate Chopin, The Awakening



“Coffee is a way of stealing time that should by rights belong to your older self.” 
― Terry Pratchett, Thud!



“Black as the devil, hot as hell, pure as an angel, sweet as love.”
― Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord

“You need some coffee, don’t you?”
“Yes, I’ve only had a gallon.”
― John Grisham, The Confession


“…having nothing better to do, meandered off to a coffee shop and muraksat facing each other for a couple of hours, neither of them talking much but each coming to the general conclusion that the other was a person rather like himself…” 
― Ryū Murakami, Popular Hits of the Showa Era



“Even bad coffee is better than no coffee at all.”
― David Lynch



“What the hell makes you smart?” I asked.
“I wouldn’t go for coffee with you.”
“Listen – I wouldn’t ask you.”
“That,” she replied, “is what makes you stupid.”
― Erich Segal, Love Story








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