"Where there’s tea, there’s hope” is a saying that has been printed on any gift items, such as T-shirts, posters and cups. The original saying—“while there is tea, there is hope”—appeared in the play Sweet Lavender (1888) by Arthur Wing Pinero (1855-1934).
Wikipedia: Arthur Wing Pinero
Sir Arthur Wing Pinero (24 May 1855 – 23 November 1934) was an English actor and later an important dramatist and stage director.
In Pinero’s 1888 play Sweet Lavender, which was so popular that it ran for an extraordinary (for the time), 683 performances, the character Horace utters the famous line, “While there is tea, there is hope.”
Founded Under Special Permission on the Celebrated Play by A. W. Pinero, Esq.
By Henry Llewellyn Williams
New York, NY: Hurst & Co., Publishers
In English society,” he reflected to himself, “while there’s tea, there’s hope.”
A Domestic Drama in Three Acts
By Sir Arthur Wing Pinero
London: William Heinemann
In English society while there is tea there is hope.
Tea for Texas:
A Guide to Tearooms in the State
By Lori Torrance
Laham, MD: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc.
“Where there’s tea there’s hope.”
-- Sir Arthur Pinero
365 Things Every Tea Lover Should Know
By Harvest House Publishers
Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers
Where there’s tea there’s hope.
SIR ARTHUR PINERO
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Edited by Sayre Van Young and Marin Van Young
Berkeley, CA: Ulysses Press
While there’s tea, there’s hope.
Arthur Wing Pinero