"Remember the tea-kettle—though up to its neck in hot water, it still sings” is cited in print from 1920. The saying was a popular one during the hard times ("hot water") of the Great Depression.
Tea Quotss and Sayings
Remember the tea kettle - it is always up to its neck in hot water, yet it still sings!—Author Unknown
26 April 1920, Clearfield (PA) Progress, pg. 2, col. 1:
A sage tells us to consider the tea kettle. Although up to the neck in hot water it continues to sing. Good advice.
11 July 1929, Ackley (Iowa) World-Journal, pg. 8, col. 3:
Remember the tea-kettle—though up to its neck in hot water it still sings.
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19 August 1933, St. Petersburg (FL) Evening Independent, pg. 2, col. 5:
Clermont Press: Take for instance the tea kettle. Though it is up to its neck in hot water it still sings.
10 November 1940, Los Angeles (CA) Times, pg. A1:
It is said “The spirit of optimism makes the tea-kettle sing, when it is up to its neck in hot water.”
Second Encyclopedia of Stories, Quotations, and Anecdotes
edited by Jacob Morton Braude
Published by Prentice-Hall
It is good to remember that the tea kettle, although up to its neck in hot water, continues to sing.
25 November 1957, Dallas (TX) Morning News, part 3, pg. 6:
The good life is like a tea kettle, though up to its neck in hot water, it still sings.
Wisdom from world religions: pathways toward heaven on earth
By John Templeton
Published by Templeton Foundation Press
It is good to remember that although a tea kettle may be up to its neck in hot water, it continues to sing! — American proverb
Very inspiring phrase, and we should learn to live by it.
hi,the phrase has very deep meanings,i dont believe this phrase worth in real world.Its difficult to be kettle, but if anyone can that will be unique.
This quote will be one of my favorite quote’s from now on, along side
Man is what he believes.
- Anton Chekhov