I don’t know what it is about Mondays that my first thought is always, “Coffee.” Actually, I’m sure we could come up with multiple reasons why coffee is the first thought! I think about coffee a lot. I’d drink it all throughout the day if it wouldn’t keep my nursing baby up at night. As it is, I limit myself to one cup in the morning… maybe another cup in the early afternoon. And I relish it. Here’s the thing, though. Although I can taste the difference between a good cup of coffee and a bad one, I value the time factor more. Left to my own devices, I will fill that reuseable k-cup and blast out a mug of puddlewater to get the caffeine through my veins at lightning speed.

I’m so glad that my husband is a coffee snob critic connoisseur. He values the taste much more than the convenience and takes the time to make a perfect cup every time. He researches the best beans, grind, preparation. He has two methods currently (I’m not counting my cute, but lame-o Keurig): an espresso maker that is on the fritz (So sad! His lattes are amazing), and a backup French press. For the French press, we like to use Ruta Maya coffee (roasted right here in Austin!). And the best part? If he’s home, he’ll make me a coffee whenever I want. Doesn’t matter if he’s just home from work or about to leave, he’s always ready to make me the perfect cup. Now, that’s love. There must be a quote about how making coffee for someone is the highest form of affection.

In honor of the drink that gets us through every Monday and beyond, here’s a round-up of some great coffee quotes, courtesy of one of my favorite sites, GoodReads. Get buzzed!

A Literary Feast -- coffee quotes

“As long as there was coffee in the world, how bad could things be?”
Cassandra Clare, City of Ashes

“Should I kill myself, or have a cup of coffee?”
Albert Camus

“What do you want?”
“Just coffee. Black – like my soul.”
Cassandra Clare, City of Bones
(Cassandra Clare must like coffee. There are a lot of coffee quotes by her.)

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

“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
(To be fair, it’s both for me.)

“No matter what historians claimed, BC really stood for “Before Coffee.”
Cherise Sinclair, Master of the Mountain

“Come on, don’t you ever stop and smell the coffee?”
Justina Chen, North of Beautiful

“It doesn’t matter where you’re from – or how you feel… There’s always peace in a strong cup of coffee.”
Gabriel Bá, Daytripper

“Want coffee?” I asked, as I headed that way.
“It’s three thirty in the morning.”
“Okay. Want coffee?”
Darynda Jones, Third Grave Dead Ahead

“Coffee first. Schemes later.”
Leanna Renee Hieber, Darker Still
(This one might be my favorite.)

“I no longer drink nearly as much as I used to but, still, my motto is Sine coffea nihil sum. Without coffee, I’m nothing.”
Sarah Vowell

“I like my coffee with cream and my literature with optimism.”
Abigail Reynolds, Pemberley by the Sea
(Ooh, this is me, too.)

“Coffee, she’d discovered, was tied to all sorts of memories, different for each person. Sunday mornings, friendly get-togethers, a favorite grandfather long since gone, the AA meeting that saved their life. Coffee meant something to people. Most found their lives were miserable without it. Coffee was a lot like love that way. And because Rachel believed in love, she believed in coffee, too.”
Sarah Addison Allen, The Peach Keeper

“You cannot thrash the person who makes you coffee. It’s a rule somewhere.”
Kim Harrison, Ever After
(Ah ha– maybe this is why my husband makes my coffee.)

“Sometimes I write “drink coffee” on my to-do list just to feel like I’ve accomplished something. —STATUS UPDATE”
Darynda Jones, Sixth Grave on the Edge
(There you have it! You’ve already accomplished something today.)

This is too much fun. I’ve got work to do, though, and I bet you do, too. Not a coffee drinker? What’s your motivation, energy-giver, reason for living? Really, I need to know. Whatever your jam is, make it a good one today!

A LIterary Feast -- coffee quotes