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Inspirational and Funny Morning Coffee Quotes

39 Inspirational and funny coffee quotes to read with your morning coffee.  Find out what your favorite historical figures, writers, philosophers and leaders said about coffee.

A cup of coffee.

The smell of fresh, coffee brewing is powerful enough to pull me out of a deep slumber and beckon me to the kitchen in the early morning. That is powerful. I can’t think of anything else that can lure me out of my cozy cocoon of blankets after a good nights sleep like coffee does.

There is something about coffee that is universally special, transcending generations and cultures. Coffee lovers around the world are passionate about their coffee culture. wether it be about the different brewing or roasting techniques or their favorite barista. Then there is always the way that coffee plays a part in gathering people together. The Swedes call it Fika.

One drink at a time, coffee adds value to life. I like black coffee before work and cappuccinos or lattes in the afternoon, with a little cinnamon. Wether you like your coffee black or with milk, from a coffee press or an espresso maker, this soul warming bevy is the subject of many funny and inspirational coffee quotes.

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A cup of coffee.

I have gathered a gaggle of quotes about coffee for your enjoyment.

1. ‘Coffee is a beverage that puts one to sleep when not drank.’ – Alphonse Allais

2. ‘He was my cream, and I was his coffee, and when you poured us together, it was something.’ – Josephine Baker

3. ‘A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems.’ – Alfred Renyi

4. ‘Good communication is just as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.’ – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

5. ‘I have measured out my life in coffee spoons’. – T.S. Eliot

6. ‘Coffee is a language in itself.’ – Jackie Chan

7. ‘Coffee connects us in so many ways – to each other, to our senses, and to the earth that supports the coffee trees.’ – Rohan Marley

8. ‘Starbucks represents something beyond a cup of coffee.’ – Howard Schulz

9. ‘A leaf fluttered in through the window this morning, as if supported by the rays of the sun, a bird settled on the fire escape, joy in the task of coffee, joy accompanied me as I walked.’ – Anais Nin

10. ‘I don’t know how people live without coffee, I really don’t.’ – Martha Quinn

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11. ‘Science may never come up with a better office communication system than the coffee break.’ – Earl Wilson

12. ‘It can take me forever to choose the right coffee cup in the morning. And it does make a difference!’ – Joel Grey

13. ‘To an old man a cup of coffee is like the door post of an old house. It sustains and strengthens him.’ – Old Bourbon Proverb

14. ‘Coffee makes us severe, and grave, and philosophical.’ – Jonathan Swift

15. ‘If it wasn’t for coffee, I would have no discernible personality whatsoever.’ – David Letterman

16. ‘I like my coffee with cream and my literature with optimism.’ – Abigail Reynolds

17. ‘Television is not real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.’ – Bill Gates

18. ‘You can tell when you have crossed the frontier into Germany because of the badness of the coffee.’ – Edward VII

19. ‘The first cup is for the guest, the second for enjoyment, the third for the sword.’ – Arabic Saying

20. ‘Coffee – the favorite drink of the civilized world.’ – Thomas Jefferson

A cup of coffee.

21. ‘The morning cup of coffee has an exhilaration about it which the cheering influence of the afternoon or evening cup of tea cannot be expected to reproduce.’ – Oliver Wendell Holmes

22. ‘Coffee is the best thing to douse the sunrise with.’ – Terri Guillamets

23. ‘As long as there was coffee in the world, how bad could things be?’ – Cassandra Clare

24. ‘I’d rather take coffee than compliments just now.’ – Louisa May Alcott

25. ‘We want to do a lot of stuff; we’re not in great shape. We didn’t get a good night’s sleep. We’re a little depressed. Coffee solves all these problems in one delightful little cup.’ – Jerry Seinfield

26. ‘A cup of coffee – real coffee – home-browned, home ground, home made, that comes to you dark as a hazel-eye, but changes to a golden bronze as you temper it with cream that never cheated, but was real cream from its birth, thick, tenderly yellow, perfectly sweet, neither lumpy nor frothing on the Java: such a cup of coffee is a match for twenty blue devils and will exorcise them all.’ – Henry Ward Beecher

27. ‘As soon as coffee is in your stomach, there is a general commotion. Ideas begin to move…similes arise, the paper is covered. Coffee is your ally and writing ceases to be a struggle.’ – Honore de Balzac

28. ‘Among the numerous luxuries of the table…coffee may be considered as one of the most valuable. It excites cheerfulness without intoxication; and the pleasing flow of spirits which it occasions…is never followed by sadness, languor or debility.’ – Benjamin Franklin

29. ‘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. I bet this kind of thing does not happen to heroin addicts. I bet that when serious heroin addicts go to purchase their heroin, they do not tolerate waiting in line while some dilettante in front of them orders a hazelnut smack-a-cino with cinnamon sprinkles.’ – Dave Barry

30. ‘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

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31. ‘The powers of a man’s mind are directly proportional to the quantity of coffee he drank.’ – Sir James MacKintosh

32. ‘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

33. ‘There are three intolerable things in life—cold coffee, lukewarm champagne, and overexcited women…’ – Orson Welles

34. ‘Behind every successful woman is a substantial amount of coffee.’ – Stephanie Piro

35. ‘Coffee should be black as hell, strong as death and sweet as love.’ – Turkish proverb

36. ‘Karma is experience, and experience creates memory, and memory creates imagination and desire, and desire creates karma again. If I buy a cup of coffee, that’s karma. I now have that memory that might give me the potential desire for having cappuccino, and I walk into Starbucks, and there’s karma all over again.’ – Deepak Chopra

37. ‘These are such First World problems, but there’s a certain claustrophobia to New York. You don’t escape in the East Village, but it at least feels full of camaraderie and youth – or full of camaraderie and youth in an East Village that is as full of Chase banks and Starbucks as the Upper West Side, or anywhere else in Manhattan.’ – Timothee Chalamet

38. ‘I’m so spoiled – I must have a Starbucks vanilla latte every day.’ – Katie Holmes

39. ‘Starbucks was founded around the experience and the environment of their stores. Starbucks was about a space with comfortable chairs, lots of power outlets, tables and desks at which we could work and the option to spend as much time in their stores as we wanted without any pressure to buy. The coffee was incidental.’ – Simon Sinek

A cup of coffee with a spoonful of pumpkin spice.

Do you have any favorite java quotes or musings?  Leave a comment below and please share.


Saturday 29th of December 2018

Love this! My favorite is that a mathematician is a vehicle for turning coffee into theorems. Saving that one, I know somebody who would appreciate that. Nice comprehensive list about coffee quotes.


Sunday 28th of October 2018

Oh my gosh! These are so funny. I love the Turkish proverb about coffee. It really shows how passionate people are about coffee. This is seriously the best compilation of coffee quotes I have come across. Definitely going to save this for later, a great read first thing in the morning while sipping my favorite coffee and trying to wake up.


Wednesday 31st of October 2018

Thanks Laura, I have really enjoyed researching coffee culture. It amazes me how similar it is between countries. We are more alike than we think.


Sunday 28th of October 2018

You're right, there is something about how coffee connects people from different cultures. It's interesting how different cultures vary on their preference for coffee strength, I mean have you every tried Turkish coffee? There's a reason why they serve it in small cups. Anyways, really enjoyed this, saving this for later.


Sunday 28th of October 2018

Ha Ha! Some of these are really hilarious:) I love the one about turning coffee into math theorems... genius! These are great, I really enjoyed them and perfect to peruse while drinking my morning Joe. Thanks for this.


Wednesday 31st of October 2018

I'm glad you enjoyed this. Coffee seems to be a passion of people across the decades.


Tuesday 23rd of October 2018

What a great collection! This made my morning while sipping my cup of joe. My favorite is the first one, it's definitely true. I like mine with cream and sugar. Saving this for tomorrow;)


Tuesday 23rd of October 2018

I'm glad you enjoyed this, I thought of you on some of these;P