Thursday is National Coffee Day, yet another not-so-official food-and drink-related observance-slash-excuse-to-eat.

However, this holiday falls just before a real one: On Saturday, the 77 member states in the International Coffee Organization will have their own Coffee Day to celebrate the drink and recognize the workers involved in its production.

Whether you're observing both holidays, one or neither, grab a cup of joe and read these quotes about coffee, collected from Goodreads, the Kitchn and the Quote Garden

"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

"As long as there was coffee in the world, how bad could things be?" — Cassandra Clare

"Black as the devil, hot as hell, pure as an angel, sweet as love." — Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord

"Actually, this seems to be the basic need of the human heart in nearly every great crisis — a good hot cup of coffee." — Alexander King

"I'd rather take coffee than compliments just now." — Louisa May Alcott

"Life isn't sugarcoated. Why should coffee be?" — Tommy Wallach

"But if it weren’t for the coffee, I’d have no identifiable personality whatsoever." — David Letterman

"My coffee is Blue Mountain and I drink it black, which is unusual for a teenage girl, but it's definitely the way good coffee should be drunk if you have any respect for the bitter beans." — Ruth Ozeki

"Adventure in life is good; consistency in coffee even better." — Justina Chen

"Coffee is a warm drink that fosters friendship and tastes great. What more is there to life?" — Kevin Sinnott

"A morning coffee is my favorite way of starting the day, settling the nerves so that they don't later fray." — Marcia Carrington

"Coffee, the favorite drink of the civilized world." —  Thomas Jefferson

"He liked the idea of coffee quite a lot — a warm drink that gave you energy and had been for centuries associated with sophisticates and intellectuals. But coffee itself tasted to him like caffeinated stomach bile." — John Green

"Sometimes, they just make coffee cups too small." — Michelle M. Pillow

"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

"What goes best with a cup of coffee? Another cup." — Henry Rollins