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10 Iconic Writers on Coffee

Warm weather be damned, a hot cup of coffee is good for any and all occasions. To celebrate the world's most precious natural asset, we've uncovered ten quotes to warm your mind as your morning cup warms your soul.

And, yes, the irony that none of the writers are actually drinking coffee in these photos isn't lost on us. 

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

2. “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

3. "Coffee: Induces wit... take it without sugar—very swank: gives the impression you have lived in the East.” — Gustave Flaubert

4. “It was a pleasant cafe, warm and clean and friendly, and I hung up my old water-proof on the coat rack to dry and put my worn and weathered felt hat on the rack above the bench and ordered a cafe au lait. The waiter brought it and I took out a notebook from the pocket of the coat and a pencil and started to write.” — Ernest Hemingway

5. “I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.” — T.S. Eliot

6. “Let us toast to animal pleasures, to escapism, to rain on the roof and instant coffee, to unemployment insurance and library cards, to absinthe and good-hearted landlords, to music and warm bodies and contraceptives... and to the 'good life', whatever it is and wherever it happens to be.” — Hunter S. Thompson

7. “I just want a hot cup of coffee, black, and I don’t want to hear about your troubles.” — Charles Bukowski

8. “There are three intolerable things in life: cold coffee, lukewarm champagne, and overexcited women.” — Orson Welles

9. “I think if I were a woman I’d wear coffee as a perfume.” — John Van Druten

10. "Coffee makes us severe, and grave, and philosophical." — Jonathan Swift


Jeremy Glass is the Vice editor for Supercompressor and can be found in the fetal position on any given day where coffee isn't administered immediately.