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Cafe Quotes

We’ve collected the best Cafe Quotes from the greatest minds of the world: C. C. H. Pounder, Sheila Heti, Pauline Chalamet, Adrian McKinty, Rudolph Valentino. Use them as an inspiration.

‘Bagdad Cafe’ was a film that changed many, many people‘s lives… how they saw themselves and how they looked at their life situation. I thought I made a little movie. All the mail that I get is about how it changed lives, and that’s wonderful.
C. C. H. Pounder
I remember going over proofs of this book – my first book – back in 2001, in a bar in Toronto called the ‘Victory Cafe’, and thinking sadly to myself, ‘This is a very good manuscript but not a very good book.’ I don’t know what I meant by that, but I was pretty heartbroken and sure it was true.
I was a copy editor. I loved it. I love grammar. I’m obsessed. I was a bartender. I worked in a cafe. I was a dog walker. I was a babysitter. I was a tutor. Once I was asked to half-babysit, half-bartend.
I find it easier to write in the winter in Melbourne. When the weather is good you want to go out for a walk, ride a bike, go to a cafe or something. When it’s raining, when it’s a miserable day, I just sit down at my desk and get some work done.
The loneliest ebb of my life came on that Christmas eve, only one day after my arrival in New York. The abyss of loneliness. I ate a solitary dinner in a small cafe, and the very food tasted bitter with my unshed tears. One doesn’t dare cry in America. It is unmanly here.
Rudolph Valentino
Cooking for six people every day is like having a cafe.
I love the sensation of being out in the open air, far away from all the distractions of modern life. I will usually disappear for a couple of hours, and that time on my bike is quite sacred, as it’s when I do all my serious thinking. Sometimes I will stop off at bikers’ cafe and have a bacon sandwich.
My mum and dad ran a family cafe in Sligo for 35 years and worked long hours. We grew up in a very hard-working family and had a lovely atmosphere, as we lived above the restaurant. It definitely made me want to work hard, whatever I chose to do. As the baby of seven kids, I was definitely a bit spoilt.
I don’t really get into a writing routine until March or April, when I’ll write a few hundred words a day, often in a cafe in the morning after the school run.
Radha Krishna Sir, the director of ‘Jil,’ had seenMadras Cafe’ and liked my acting in it. He wanted a performer and so got me on board.
There’s a cafe in Mosman near where I lived and if I have any days off I go there at 10 in the morning with my notebook, sit in the same chair, order the same breakfast and coffee, write my thoughts down, and chat, have the same conversation with the owner.
I love watching other women when I’m sitting at a cafe.
You used to have to own a radio tower or television tower or printing press. Now all you have to have is access to an Internet cafe or a public library, and you can put your thoughts out in public.
But we must take other steps, such as increasing conservation, developing an ethanol industry, and increasing CAFE standards if we are to make our country safer by cutting our reliance on foreign oil.
Cafe De Flore speaks of love, its joys, its pains and its dramasto love and to lose. This story upset me, I was upside-down, in the depths of myself.
I didn’t realize I could sing until I served someone tea at a cafe my parents owned in north west London, where we had settled as a family, after moving from Jamaica when I was 11. I was harmonizing to a track on the jukebox and a man asked me how I managed to do it so well. He recommended me to a talent agent.
When I opened the world’s largest Internet cafe, certified by the ‘Guinness Book of Records,’ in Times Square in New York, I was live on ‘Good Morning America,’ and for me, that was an achievement.
My best writing day starts with coffee from our local Cypriot cafe and a newspaper from the Tamil corner shop – they always ask what I’m up to, and why I haven‘t brushed my hair – then a short, sharp walk. I think as I go.
The most amazing thing is when you find yourself watching someone in the cafe or something doing something weird. It’s amazing what people do, isn’t it, when you just look at them, when you take the time to look.
I’m not crazy about oysters and offal and brains and stuff like that. It’s vegetables that I really like. I worked in the River Cafe restaurant when it first opened, and I used to eat the leftover vegetables on the plates. They were so delicious.
Anna Chancellor
In Shoojit’s films, there is no hero and villain. Every character has its own space and there is a social message in all of his films whether it is ‘Vicky Donor‘ or ‘Madras Cafe.’
Our favourite restaurant, cafe, noodle joint or eating house is always there for us when we need them, from morning coffee to major milestone, hump day or Fri-yay.
We live in a multi-cultural society far more open to international ideas. If you’d told me 20 years ago I’d drive through Bury and see someone sitting outside a cafe drinking a latte, I’d have laughed. In fact, I wouldn’t have even known what a latte was.
I had to find a way to get off the streets because it was too windy. So I started organizing variety shows of street performers. I would rent a hall, cafe or bar so I could put on a show. I did that for years before the ‘Tonight Show With Johnny Carson’ heard about this odd thing I did with bubbles.
On the outskirts of the desert in Yemen, there was a cafe with a jukebox that had ‘Sunshine Superman‘ on it. I loved that.
Everyone would have bigger and safer cars if they didn’t have those CAFE standards: corporate average fuel economy.
Food recommendations are a must, but be careful. A friend went to a cafe I’d suggested and got food poisoning.
My mum and dad ran a family cafe in Sligo for 35 years and worked long hours. We grew up in a very hard-working family and had a lovely atmosphere, as we lived above the restaurant. It definitely made me want to work hard, whatever I chose to do. As the baby of seven kids, I was definitely a bit spoilt.
I’m never bored, never ever bored. If I’ve got a day off I’ll sit in a cafe and watch and observe. I’m a great observer.
I’m happy to just sit in a cafe and watch people. It’s my favorite thing to do, for sure.
It was both comforting and terrifying to go in to audition for ‘The Girl in the Cafe,’ as I’d worked with everyone in the room on ‘State Of Play.’
I considered myself very lucky after ‘Baghdad Cafe,’ and I have ‘The Shield.’ In every genre, I’ve kicked butt at some point. I’m real happy.
C. C. H. Pounder
The food in the House of Commons is fairly good. The cafe in Portcullis House is really very high quality, and you also have a choice of eating in the more traditional restaurants, the Churchill Room or the MembersDining Room. I don’t often eat in them, though, as I’m usually on the run.
Reading a newspaper is as important to me as reading a script. Sitting in a cafe and drinking coffee is as important as going for a shoot.
I worked in a coffee shop called Buzz Cafe in Oak Park. I started when I was 14 or 15, washing dishes, and then I became a barista and sometimes waited tables. It was an artsy scene.
My main home is in Morecambe Bay on a little island called Roa, where there are 13 houses, a lifeboat station, a boat club and a cafe.
If I had used real names, I don’t think ‘Madras Cafe’ would have ever seen the light of day because it was a political film, an adaptation of a true incident.
I don’t want to be famous. I like to be able to sit in a cafe and watch the world go by and observe people.
Sophia Myles
I had a lot of jobs in New York. I worked in a cafe, and I did bike delivery, and I was a mover. And I babysat, which was really cool in some cases and really insane in others.
My history has been to grow the roots as deeply as you can before going on to the next thing. That’s why it took 10 years to go from Union Square Cafe to Gramercy Tavern, and another 10 years to go from Blue Smoke‘s first location to its second, and five to go from Shake Shack 1 to Shake Shack 2.
Every time I pass a cafe, I imagine it being stormed by men with Kalashnikovs.
When I was younger, I used to do that a lot: I would hear a part of a song that would really relax me and then put it on repeat. That would send me to sleep. It was quite obvious classical music, people like Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Erik Satie, Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel.
It is very difficult to make films like ‘Madras Cafe’ in India, given the diverse nature of the country.
Once I was in a cafe in Portland and the woman at the next table and I began chatting and in the course of our conversation she strongly recommend I visit this web site called ‘The Rumpus’ so I could read this advice column called ‘Dear Sugar.’ It was so painful not to tell her that in fact I was Sugar, but I didn’t.
Cheryl Strayed
In Zurich, in a cafe overlooking the Limmat, I ate butter-drenched white asparagus pulled from the ground that morning; it had the aftertaste of champagne. I’ve been able to appreciate epic meals in San Francisco, New Orleans, Berlin, Paris, Las Vegas.
It was a surprise for my family when I told them that I was offered ‘Madras Cafe.’ My family was initially worried because I have got no film background.
It was a beautiful custom. When a person who had a break of good luck entered a cafe and ordered a cup of coffee, he didn’t pay just for one, but for two cups, allowing someone less fortunate who entered later to have a cup of coffee for free.
Luciano De Crescenzo
You get to where you kind of like it, and It’s a habit That’s hard to break. I still find myself sittin’ in a cafe, like a pizza parlor.
John Candy gave me a Hard Rock Cafe jacket, which was awesome because I was really from a very rural, small town, and it seemed so exciting to me. I think my mom still has that jacket.
Jean Louisa Kelly
I prefer a change of surroundings anyway, and I like to be around some energy and white noise, so I usually go to a Barnes & Noble cafe or to the library on 5th and 42nd. In the afternoons, I do research, reading, editing, and play with the kids.
I can remember sittin’ in a cafe when I first started in rodeo, and waitin’ until somebody got done so I could finish what they left.
My favourite restaurant is the Thai Corner Cafe on St Paul‘s Road. We go there all the time. I shouldn’t really mention it – I don’t want it to be chock-a-block.
Alan Davies
Have you ever booked multiple restaurants so you could decide on the night where to go? Complained about the price of a dish that you loved? Ordered a coffee to use a cafe’s wi-fi for half a day? If you saidyes‘ to any of those, chances are there’s a restaurateur out there who’s hurting a little because of it.
A number of us had conversations with the Kerry campaign about what he was going to say about CAFE. What he told us was that he did not want to sacrifice jobs and that he wanted to work with the auto industry to achieve that goal.
From my first days in Washington D.C., where I rolled a whole four downtown blocks without seeing a single shop, cafe, bar or restaurant I could not access, to the beautifully accessible buses in New York City, I was in heaven.
I wanted to help my sister, Latoya, because she’s an awesome cook. She’s one of the best culinary people I’ve ever met. She makes awesome cakes, so I was thinking about starting a little coffee shop cafe where she could sell them. I want to open a little, small, mom-and-pop place, but she can also do catering, too.
The feathers have been retired to the London Hard Rock Cafe. I don’t obsess about it as much. Also, it’s strange – the better physical shape I get in, the less I care about what suit I’m covering myself up in. I’m not really out to flaunt it, but I’m just more comfortable in my own skin.
My perfect morning is spent drinking coffee, eating porridge and reading the paper at a local cafe.
I love boliche, roasted pig, and black beans and rice. When I need a quick fix, I head to Cafe Cortadito on Avenue B and 3rd here in New York City.
I was a kitchen porter for an hour at the Bank of England when I was 18. In the cafe, someone clicked their fingers and shouted, ‘Boy, come and clear my table.’ I walked out.
I think I’ve probably had one of my guitars on display at every Hard Rock Cafe in the world.
My father was king of the guidebooks and our holidays were always planned, taking us from a great gallery to an ace cafe to a beautiful view. And as an actor, I loathe improvisation because there’s no structure and no one knows what’s going on.
Olivia Williams
I went to Paris when I was 17 and would sit in a cafe called Les Deux Magots, in the Latin Quarter. I spoke English, but not a word of French.
Our ACE proposal will reduce CO2 approximately the same levels that the Clean Power Plan would have, if it had been implemented. And we’re reducing CO2 from our CAFE standards.
Every village in Africa now has a cyber cafe.
Patrick Chappatte
I’m creative in my own life. I’m creative when I step out the door. I’m creative when I pick up a glass. Do you know what I mean? I’m one of those dreadful people who probably should have been born at the end of the 19th century and been in cafe society. That would have suited me fine.
Jaye Davidson
If you can’t sit in a cafe quietly and be ignored, how can you observe human nature and write a story?
I lost in the second round of the French Open and had 10 days off. I went to the Hard Rock Cafe. It was exciting to be away from my parents, to stay in a hotel. Hotels at 17 meant freedom.
I want to go to culinary school because I love cooking. One day I’d love to open up a restaurant or cafe.
Federalism is not one state dictating to the rest of the country what should occur in the area of CAFE.
Welsh is my mother tongue, and my children speak it. If you come and live in this community you’ll work out pretty quickly that it’s beneficial to learn the language, because if you’re going to the pub or a cafe you need to be a part of the local life.
Bryn Terfel
Strangely enough, the first character in Fried Green Tomatoes was the cafe, and the town. I think a place can be as much a character in a novel as the people.
Fannie Flagg
As far as documentaries, ‘Man on Wire,’ ‘Atomic Cafe,’ ‘Waltz With Bashir,’ and ‘Thin Blue Line’ all offered me different perspectives to consider as we were designing the structure and approach to ‘Tower.’
Sri Lanka‘s interpretation of western cuisine is pretty diabolical. Sri Lankan food itself is ace, however, and they bloody love a buffet. Even if you go to a basic-looking cafe, they can knock up four or five different curries for you very quickly.
The European style of living is seductive: fewer hours worked, more hours at the cafe, less concern over self-betterment. But that style of living does not produce a purposeful life.
I sometimes write in a cafe down the road from my house now because I feel guilty trying to work if I can hear them playing. I invariably end up sat in a corner, depressed, retreating into my own world.
Paris is cafe culture, Dublin is pub culture, and that’s the best place to solve all the world‘s problems: over a pint! One of the great joys of living, I think. The problems of the world seem to disappear.
I remember that – you know, I didn’t receive a formal education. I was educated in the Montevideo cafe, in the cafes of Montevideo. There, I received my first lessons in the art of telling stories, storytelling.
During one of his uncannily well-timed impromptu visits to my restaurant, Union Square Cafe, Pat Cetta taught me how to manage people. Pat was the owner of a storied New York City steakhouse called Sparks, and by that time, he was an old pro at running a fine restaurant.
I knew that I wanted to create a restaurant like Hard Rock Cafe or Planet Hollywood that celebrated not just music or Hollywood, but who we were as people of color, as Caribbean, African, Cajun and Southern people.
I don’t want to be in my car all day. I love getting up in the morning in Venice and walking my dogs down to the cafe to get my tea, and then perhaps going to a bookstore and sitting and reading, then walking to the beach.
Vancouver is a coffee-lover’s paradise, capable of impressing even the most hyper-caffeinated and jaded New Yorkers, such as myself. The coffee is fantastic, whether I happened to be craving a world-class espresso served with monastic intensity or a single-origin pour-over at a vibrant all-day cafe.
I applied to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and didn’t get in the first year, so I worked at Costa and the Dean Gallery Cafe then applied again and got in the next year when I was 18. I was so excited.
I started working a Saturday job at this French cafe from when I was about 14. I lived two minutes away from the cafe and went there every morning. One day, the manager asked if I wanted to work there. I’d never worked before, so thought I’d give it a go.
After being signed for ‘Madras Cafe,’ I joined Jogi Singh’s acting classes, where I learned the basic nuances.
I used to work at Cafe Mogador in the East Village. I love Mogador, but I feel like working almost anywhere will kind of ruin it for you. There was a lot of panicking while being a waitress there. I don’t like to think about that. But I love the food.
I opened Union Square Cafe when I was just 27 years old, and my first hope was simply that it would stay in business. My higher hope was that in its lifetime, it might grow to play an essential role in the lives of its stakeholders.
I don’t really remember the day we lost our home in the floods, but looking back I can understand how devastating it was for my parents. I was only six, so I remember us having to move to Adelaide – but not much of the actual day and night of the flood. We had to start all over again and my parents opened a cafe.
It is easier to make a film but difficult to make it on your own terms. In that sense ‘Madras Cafe’ was a very satisfying experience.
One of my problems with a lot of things I watch is that everybody‘s too pretty, and it takes me out of the film because I’m thinking that all these people look like I’ve seen them in a cafe in Los Angeles.