The Quote Garden
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Frequently Asked Questions
The Quote Garden
||digging up quotes since 1986
online since 1998
Q: What is The Quote Garden?
Short A: Lots of free quotes! Browse by topic, or search.
Long A: This is my personal, lifelong collection of literary quotations categorized into over 500 subjects, which I share with the world in hopes of providing inspiration, motivation, laughter, food for thought, emotions and memories, and to offer the beauty and love of words to all. Here you will find unique categories and lots of vintage quotes from 19th century literature.
Quote A¹: “I have spent hours, days, weeks, in searching among books which are rare, and not easily read, so that to those who have not time, nor inclination to search for themselves, I may reveal hidden delights and buried joys.... In my study I have learnt much; it is a labour of love, and ungrudgingly I give it to the world.” ~Helen Rose Anne Milman Crofton, 1903
Quote A²: “This collection is an idiosyncratic miscellany amassed during my lifetime... published with the conceit that I have reasonable discrimination and that whatever instructs, enlightens, reinforces, amuses, titillates or solaces me has some value to the general book readership. We shall see.... I think there is wisdom in these pages but I know there is nonsense too.” ~R.I. Fitzhenry, 1981
Quote A³: “There is in the company of books the living souls of the departed sage, and bard, and hero... It is joy ineffable to dwell upon the lines that register our feelings.” ~James G. Percival, c.1822
Q: Are all the quotes verified?
Short A: No, there are likely some mistakes — please tell me if you find one.
Long A: The quotations on this site are from various sources, including many submitted by visitors and some I collected when I was just a naïve junior-high-school kid with a pencil and notebook, and not all have been verified for original source so wordings and attributions may be wrong. Reporting of errors is greatly appreciated! Please see “How do I contact you?” below. I know that youth and inexperience are no‑good excuses; however, I am slowly but surely correcting as much as I can, as well as noting any context issues. A lifetime of collecting is going to take some time to update, but I will get there. I humbly thank you for your patience and understanding. No one is as anxious as I am to get to a 100% accurate site, for sure!
Quote A¹: “Quotation, n.: The act of repeating erroneously the words of another. The words erroneously repeated.” ~Ambrose Bierce, 1911
Quote A²: “The problem with internet quotes is that you cannot always depend on their accuracy.” ~Benjamin Franklin, 1791
Quote A³: “No claim is made here for scholarship, or for the earliest use of a quote or even, in some cases, the precise wording...” ~R.I. Fitzhenry, 1981
Q: What are the rules for using the quotes?
Short A: Sorry, there is not a good short answer for this one. Quote with respect, use your best judgment, and read the long answer.
Long A: The main goal of this site is to share my personal collection of quotations with the world, so of course, please feel free to use some but with the following cautions in mind.
My creative work of compiling and categorizing the quotes is copyrighted. The quotations themselves do not belong to me but to their authors. If you are going to use a quote from this site, you will need to use your own best judgment.
If you are planning to use a quote in a publication, commercial product, etc., you may need to request permission from the author or publishing company or do further research on the accuracy and origin of the quote. Unfortunately, I am unable to help with decisions and questions on permissions as I am not an expert on copyright laws. It is possible, however, on some of the quotations that I may have more detailed information on the source or author in my notes, so feel free to contact me if you need assistance on that part and I will be glad to help if I can.
I do not have authority to grant permission on behalf of other authors. Many thousands of the quotes on my site I asked permission to use and when doing so was given approval for posting specifically on quotegarden.com and sometimes with various conditions, such as a hyperlink or copyright symbol. This is one of the reasons I am unable to allow my collection to be used elsewhere, such as a quotation database for mobile apps or other sites.
I therefore kindly ask: Please do not take large portions or entire sections of the site for the purpose of republishing elsewhere, as doing so would disrespect the authors and me as well. Quotegarden.com is an original compilation encompassing 30 years of very long hours, sleepless nights, hard work, blood, sweat, tears, heart, soul, ink, and lost youth.
I am also unable to grant permission to translate the quotes, as this would need to be routed through the authors or publishing houses as well.
And a general reminder about quoting from any source: Be sure to attribute the author or indicate when the author is unknown, and always quote with respect. It seems there are more opportunities than ever, especially with social media and our rushed lives, for quoting without people knowing that you’re quoting — quotation marks and an attribution are necessary to make it clear that you are not using your own words. I, as well as authors around the world, thank you for this — you are a responsible quotizen!
Lastly, if you use some quotes from my garden and would like to credit the site, feel free to do so — it is appreciated but certainly not required.
Quote A¹: “I have gathered a posie of other men’s flowers and nothing but the thread which binds them is my own.” ~Michel de Montaigne (1533–1592)
Quote A²: “What is right is often forgotten by what is convenient.” ~Bodie Thoene, 1991
Q: Can you answer my copyright questions?
Short A: No.
Long A: Sorry, I cannot provide advice or answer questions on copyright issues. The most frequently asked question I get is on copyright and permissions, from people working on projects to be published. If you need permission to use a particular quote, that request would need to go through the original author or the publishing company. I am not familiar with the copyright guidelines for using individual quotations in published materials such as greeting cards, calendars, books, etc. Some cases may be covered under fair use but if in doubt you will probably want to request permission, contact an expert (your publisher or editor, perhaps a copyright or intellectual property attorney), or not use the quote. Some older works may now be in the public domain, but even some of the older items have exceptions. The rules also vary per country. For resources to learn more, visit my Links page under the 'Copyright & Fair Use Information' section.
What do I do, you ask? I try to follow my own advice and simply use my best judgment regarding works on this site. Anthologies of short quotations seem to fall under fair use and to my understanding (in our “real” unwritten-rules world, not necessarily in the legal world — and don’t quote me on this) are complaint-based, i.e. don’t make anyone upset enough to complain about you using their words. However, printed materials for sale or distribution or anything irrevocably broadcast to a large audience — anything less easily rectified — are quite different matters and the “rules” become heavier and more complex. And so now I’m just rambling on through my ignorance regarding an important part of my own field, which is not only embarrassing but I also began this answer stating that I can’t advise on such issues, so I’ll just zip it and say in short — which truly is the extent of my knowledge and experience on the matter:
Be courteous and honest, do your research, request permission whenever possible, and usually all goes well. Some good common sense checks include: Be certain you’re using the quotation in the proper context, that you’ve attributed the correct person, that you have the correct and complete wording (including capitalization, punctuation, and format), that you’re not hindering that person’s ability to make a living, and that you’re not wrongly casting that person in a bad light. When quoting, as in all other areas of life, you’ve just got to be a good human being about it. Bow a literary namaste to authors, practice proper quote karma, and if you get turned down by anyone particularly stingy about it, make your peace with it and move along. There’s always something better. Gosh, this is turning into an entire quoter’s philosophy. If only copyright were as lenient as metaphysics. Quotaphysics. Quotaphilosophy. Okay, I’m done. For real. Thanks for making it to the end of this answer. "Shall I go on? Or have I said enough?" (Milton) "Get you gone." (Shakespeare)
Quote A¹: “Our best thought came from others.... every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Quotation and Originality" and "Plato"
Quote A²: “Is stolen copyright a copywrong?” ~Anonymous
Q: How do I report an error?
Short A: Please email me, see “How do I contact you?” below.
Quote A: “It is very easy to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit to forgive them for having witnessed your own.” ~Jessamyn West, c.1964
Q: Is this site appropriate for all ages?
Short A: No.
Long A: Opinions differ on what is appropriate for various ages, but please be warned that there are a few quotes, categories, and possibly advertisements on this site containing language or themes that some may find offensive for any age or inappropriate for younger audiences.
Quote A¹: “The fact is that censorship always defeats its own purpose, for it creates, in the end, the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion.” ~Henry Steele Commager, c.1953
Quote A²: “One man’s frankness is another man’s vulgarity.” ~Kevin Smith (b.1970)
Q: Do you agree with all the quotes?
Short A: No.
Long A: I do agree with many of them, yes, which is one reason I added them to my collection. Some of them do not coincide with my personal viewpoints, but I still like them because they are beautifully worded or they make a good point or give me an occasional well‑needed jab to my own beliefs. In some instances, I’ll post a quote for its historical value, for example to show how far we have come over the years regarding social issues. Even though I don’t agree with all of it, every quotation here has some reason (and sometimes that reason may be that I was 13 at the time and my immature brain liked it, unknowing that my later forty‑something brain would wonder what the heck I was thinking). And my collection has become so large, some of the quotes I’ve not even reviewed since I was a teenager. The deciding factor is whether the words do something for me — do they make me laugh or think or learn or feel‽ Do they make me giddy and glow with appreciation for the magnificent art of language.
Quote A¹: “There are truths on this side of the Pyrénées, which are falsehoods on the other.” ~Blaise Pascal (1623–1662)
Quote A²: “One should examine oneself for a very long time before thinking of condemning others.” ~Molière, 1666
Quote A³: “I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.” ~James A. Michener, 1985
Quote A⁴: “Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it...” ~George Santayana, 1906
Q: May I link to your site?
Short A: Yes.
Long A: Of course you may link to me! You can use a text link to the homepage or any individual pages, or there are linking images if you prefer. Please note, however, that I do not participate in link exchanges.
Quote A: “A journey of a thousand sites begins with a single click.” ~Author Unknown
Q: Will you link to my site?
Short A: Probably not.
Long A: I do not participate in link exchanges. The few links I do have on my site are to my favorite quotation sites and some in acknowledgment of those who have helped me. If you are the author of a quote on my site and would like me to link your attribution to your website, please email me. See “How do I contact you?” below.
Quote A: “One of the Internet’s strengths is its ability to help consumers find the right needle in a digital haystack of data.” ~Jared Sandberg, 1998
Q: Can I advertise on your site?
Short A: Yes, using Google AdWords.
Long A: Yes, thanks! Advertising is essential in helping me pay to keep the site running. Currently I can only accept advertising through Google AdWords. Use an existing account or sign up at http://adwords.google.com. You can have your ads on this site and other sites within minutes.
Quote A: “Doing business without advertising is like winking at a girl in the dark. You know what you are doing, but nobody else does.” ~Author unknown, c.1917
Q: Will you consider using our advertising company?
Short A: Sorry, not at this time.
Quote A: “No, no, it cannot be... I am heartily sorry... to you do I decline... and answer, thanks.” ~William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well and Comedy of Errors
Q: Can I send my business proposal?
Short A: No, thank you. At this time, I don't do article collaborations, host third party content, participate in affiliate programs, place infographics, widgets, or paid links, nor am I interested in selling the site.
Quote A: “The business you have broached here cannot be... Truly, however... I thank you all.” ~William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra and King Lear
Q: Will you evaluate my writing, website, book, etc?
Short A: Sorry, no.
Long A: At this time I cannot critique, review, evaluate, or give my feedback on writings, websites, other quote sites, books, etc — personal nor commercial. Apologies, but there simply isn't enough time for me to keep up with such requests. Thanks for understanding.
Quote A: “[S]leep deprivation is an illegal torture method outlawed by the Geneva Convention and international courts, but most of us do it to ourselves.” ~Ryan Hurd, 2014
Q: Can I submit a quote?
Short A: No.
Long A: I’m very sorry, but I had to stop accepting quotation submissions. Unfortunately, there just aren’t enough hours in the day (or even the night) for me to keep up with this.
Quote A¹: “If there’s a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” ~Toni Morrison (b.1931)
Quote A²: “As the bus slowed down at a crowded bus stop, the Pakistani bus conductor leaned from the platform and called out, ‘Six only!’ The bus stopped. He counted on six passengers, rang the bell, and then, as the bus moved off, called to those left behind: ‘So sorry, plenty of room in my heart — but the bus is full.’” ~The Friendship Book of Francis Gay, 1977
Q: What is your citation information?
Short A: www.quotegarden.com
Long A: Below is the website information for citations, if you need it for a works cited list or bibliography. Please keep in mind that some quotes on this site have not been verified. It’s always best in scholarly writing to quote from the original source whenever possible. As much as I’d love for it to be handier in this respect, The Quote Garden is meant to be casual enjoyment for word lovers, not an academic reference.
- Author, editor name: Terri Guillemets
- Website title: The Quote Garden
- Original date of publication: 1998 March 18th
- Date of most recent update: see bottom of each page
- URL: http://www.quotegarden.com
- Print version: none
- Sponsor: none
- Author affiliation: none
- Publisher: self-published
- Place of publication: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Quote A: “Ultimately, the citers themselves are cited, and research in some sense consists of working back through the footnotes, probing back to ever more distant generations of scholars. A chain is thus built up that links the living and the dead in a theoretically infinite series...” ~Bruce Lincoln, 1977
Q: How do I contact you?
Short A: By email, please read the long answer.
Long A: I love mail but I get lots of it, so please be sure to glance over the list of questions at the top of this page before contacting me — most answers are already here. Due to time constraints (pronounced “lack of sleep”), I’m not always able to answer all messages but I try my best to answer those specifically related to quotations and to existing content on my site. Send to: bookwormwithacupoftea[at]gmail[dot]com.
Quote A¹: “Then there’s the joy of getting your desk clean, and knowing that all your letters are answered, and you can see the wood on it again.” ~Lady Bird Johnson (1912–2007)
Quote A²: “I’m not really great at always getting back to people, but I do what I can, and if you don’t hear from me you can rest assured that I’m feeling guilty about it.” ~Alison Bechdel (b.1960)
Quote A³: “I am sorry.. Can only say time accelerated and skidded.... When my correspondents reproach me for tardiness, I can only say that I give as much attention to a letter as I do to anything I write, and I work at least six and sometimes sixteen hours a day.” ~William S. Burroughs, 1959
Q: What does this quote-related word mean?
Short A: See the Glossary for more than 500 terms and definitions relating to quotations, quote collecting, books, libraries, literature, language, reading, writing, publishing, words, &c.
Quote A: “A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience.” ~Miguel de Cervantes (1547–1616)
Q: How can I learn more about quotations?
Short A: See the Links page for quotation resources.
Quote A: “Quotation is more universal and more ancient than one would perhaps believe.” ~James Boswell, 1779
Q: Who are you?
Short A: Terri Guillemets
Long A: I’ve been called The Quote Gardener, Bookworm of The Quote Garden, word harvester, quotographer, quotesmith, quote addict, quotation enthusiast, a blossoming quotation scholar, vintage bookworm, bookworm with a cup of tea, quotemaster, and quotemistress. But you can just call me Terri. And if you are so inclined you can view my profile here.
Quote A: “Most collectors collect tangibles. As a quotation collector, I collect wisdom, life, invisible beauty, souls alive in ink.” ~Terri Guillemets, 2004
Q: How is your name pronounced?
Short A: TARE-ee, ghee-u-MAY. To hear ‘Guillemets’ pronounced, click here then press "Say It!" and to hear ‘Terri’ click here.
Quote A: “Studies find top 3 most stressful moments in people’s lives: death, divorce, and properly pronouncing ‘Worcestershire sauce.’” ~Tony Hsieh, 2010
Q: Are you on Facebook or LinkedIn?
Short A: No.
Long A: I am not on Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Instagram, YouTube, Reddit, or Foursquare, nor do I have an iPhone app or any other mobile apps. And yes, I do realize this places me somewhere in the middle of the Dark Ages. I’m not frequently active on the social sites, but I try to keep up as well as I can. Below are the places you can find me posting on occasion:
- Blog: quotegarden-terri.blogspot.com
- Flickr: flickr.com/photos/quotegarden
- Pinterest: pinterest.com/guillemets
- Tumblr: quotegarden-terri.tumblr.com
- Twitter: twitter.com/quotegarden
Quote A: “The Internet is just a world passing around notes in a classroom.” ~Jon Stewart
Q: Where can I view your writings?
Short A: Inkpots & Daydreams
Long A: Thank you so much to all of you who have requested over the years that my writings be available in one place; it is quite flattering. I’ve started a new blog called ‘Inkpots & Daydreams’ where I am posting selected journal entries, poetry, &c. Bear with me, as it will take some time to complete. You can view the progress here: terriguillemets.blogspot.com
Quote A: “In poetry and in eloquence the beautiful and grand must spring from the commonplace.... All that remains for us is to be new while repeating the old, and to be ourselves in becoming the echo of the whole world.” ~Alexandre Vinet (1797–1847)
Q: What is the history of The Quote Garden?
Short A: Digging up quotes since 1986, online since 1998.
Long A: The Quote Garden began in 1986 when I was 13 years old and read The Scarlet Letter for English class. As I was reading, I noticed some sentences that I really liked and wrote them in a spiral notebook as I went along. And that is where my passion for quotations began, with Mr Nathaniel Hawthorne. At that time, I had no idea that this quoting behavior existed outside the realm of junior high school homework or that anyone else had a habit for collecting such things. It was shortly thereafter when I saw the “Quotable Quotes” page in a Reader’s Digest at my grandparents’ house that I realized I wasn’t the only one. From Hester Prynne on, I obsessively wrote down any short excerpts I liked from my readings. In early 1998 I began sharing my collection with the world by starting a site on GeoCities and learning basic HTML. Both the site and my obsession for quotes grew quickly with this new platform for sharing. I started spending nearly all my free time, and quite a bit of time that I should’ve been sleeping, working on the site and reading more and more — a bookworm rooting around in the world’s garden of books to harvest quality quotes — and I fully admit, an occasional weed here and there — from the rich soil of brilliant writers. I sprouted out to my own domain, quotegarden.com, in 2001 and continue to this very day maintaining the site by typing every quotation and piece of code from scratch into Notepad, and carrying paper and pen with me everywhere I go in case I see anything quotable! Believe it or not, I have yet to finish placing my entire collection online; there are still thousands of quote-scribbled scraps of paper, torn-edged articles with highlighting, dog-eared old books, etc. scattered all over which I will eventually get around to posting.
Quote A¹: “There is a very fine line between ‘hobby’ and ‘mental illness.’” ~Dave Barry, 1998
Quote A²: “There are many youths... who most earnestly devote themselves to solitary studies, from the mere love of the pursuit.” ~James G. Percival, c.1822
Q: What happened to Quotations That Make a Statement?
Short A: I closed it in 2000.
Long A: I merged Quotations That Make a Statement along with Quoterrific! into The Quote Garden in May 2000. Just not enough time to keep up with all of it! I’ve added a screen-shot archive of the homepage, along with some other nostalgia in a Picasa web album — if you’d like to take a stroll down memory lane, click here. QTMAS was the first website with an option to display quotations based on a Q&A format (e.g. “What is the purpose of life?” or “Am I in love?”). Visitors could also browse by purpose (“Make me laugh”), as well as by category. I’d like to expand back to all those formats someday.
Quote A: “Sometimes I feel that life is passing me by, not slowly either, but with ropes of steam and spark-spattered wheels and a hoarse roar of power or terror. It’s passing, yet I’m the one who’s doing all the moving.” ~Martin Amis, 1984
Q: What happened to Quotable Tattoo?
Short A: I am changing it, please check back soon.
Long A: Quotable Tattoo, which I began in May 2002, was the first online gallery specifically for tattoos related to quotations. I closed it in May 2010 because I didn’t have time to maintain it. However, I am currently in the process of transferring it to an easier-to-maintain blog format. Hopefully it will be done soon. If you’re looking for some inspiration and pretty pictures in the meantime, check out my Quotation Tattoos board on Pinterest.
Quote A: “Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.” ~William James, 1886
Q: Where do you get all these quotes?
Short A: Anywhere and everywhere!
Long A: The quotations in my collection are pretty much from everywhere you can think of. I carry pen and paper with me at all times and to every place I go, to capture any quotables. Even at happy hour with friends, my little notepad always sits next to my beer and has a few curled pages from frosty condensation and several entries from lively conversation. Over the past three decades I’ve harvested quotes from: novels, textbooks, movies, television shows, newspapers, magazines, advertisements, friends, family, coworkers, submissions from visitors to the site, songs, old books of quotation compilations, library books, new books, fortune cookies, personal conversations, online articles, blogs, tweets, food packaging, letters, email messages, poems, sports broadcasts, stand-up comedy, bathroom-wall “philosophy,” speeches, newsletters, and sometimes I even quote myself from my own journals, writings, meditations, and dreams — shameless, ain’t I‽ Whenever I go to someone's home or office — assuming I know that person well enough — I scan the bookshelves, pull out any books that call to me, flip through the pages, and find at least one quote from each. Truly, I tell you, I am obsessed with harvesting words. Occasionally I ask to borrow quotes from other online anthologists as well; these are indicated by an acknowledgement on the page. I also follow Garson O’Toole — a.k.a. The Quote Investigator — sometimes the quotations he researches I don’t have and if I like one, I may “borrow” it — with credit, of course. See my Links page for Mr O’Toole and other quotation resources.
A few years ago I was out hiking one morning, and while sitting at the top of the mountain at sunrise I heard a gentleman in a nearby group repeat a quote he remembered an old professor using, and I wrote it down straight away. So I even get them from strangers overheard in conversation! It’s a great way to make friends out of strangers, by the way — asking to quote someone.
Probably the oddest story behind any of my quotation harvests: Many years ago my doctor said something that really struck a chord with me, during an exam, so as soon as she left the room — while I was still in my paper gown — I wrote down what she had said. But then I didn’t get a chance to ask her permission to post it, and the next year when I called for an appointment I found out that she had retired and moved out of state. So I just held onto that piece of paper in my to-be-posted folder. Years later, I came across it and after doing some online research found an address I thought might be hers so I took a chance and mailed a letter. It did turn out to be her, and she wrote back giving me her approval to post the words to my site. I was overjoyed.
I love picking out brilliant and beautiful words wherever I happen across them. I have a particular fondness for writings from past centuries, especially the 1800s (Romantic, Victorian, Transcendental) — the language they used back then really strikes me. Hence my slogan, “I dig old books.” And now with Google Books it is so much easier and healthier than flipping through the dust and mildew of real books from centuries past! What’s über-exciting to me is to find beautifully written excerpts from old books that aren’t on any other website. I find great joy in reviving these literary gems.
Starting about 2008, approximately 85% of the quotations I added to the site were new to the Web — meaning zero results from a Google search at time of posting, and as of 2013 nearly all the quotes I post are first-quoted and firsthand. I’ve become more passionate about my quotation collecting hobby with each passing year, and now with more focus than ever on context, accuracy, attributions, and vintage authors I’m convinced that this is meant to fulfill part of my life’s destiny: to revive the words of the past for the generations of the present, and to preserve those amazing words for artists, lovers, readers, and leaders of the future. I’ll ruin myself for it, the neverending pursuit of finding every masterpiece fragment of words worth quoting. Here I am, wrapped head to toe in a beautiful garland of quotations, books, and family, standing in the sun, barefoot in the happy green grass, looking upward in thanks.
Quote A¹: “So our student will flit like a busy bee through the entire garden of literature, light on every blossom, collect a little nectar from each, and carry it to his hive...” ~Desiderius Erasmus (1469–1536)
Quote A²: “Thus it is with the jewels of literature... among the writings of the most obscure may be found, at least, one thought that is worth preserving for its purity and beauty.” ~Edward Parsons Day, 1883
Q: There are lots of quote sites. What makes yours different?
Long A: There didn’t used to be a lot of quote sites when I first started — there were only a few of us, with a genuine interest in quotations and each with our own focus and personality. As people have realized the ease of copy and paste, the number of quote sites has exploded, especially these past few years. Here is what makes The Quote Garden different:
1. The most original content of any quotation site on the Web. I write quite a bit of my own content, as well as posting items from friends and family. And these last several years I’ve been dedicated to adding mostly items that aren’t already online. It takes lots of constant, hard work to keep the text fresh. The social web has drastically reduced the amount of time it takes for something to go from uncommon to trite. Once it starts making rounds on the interwebs its unique, shiny coating is quickly rubbed dull and threadbare.
2. My specialty is finding vintage quotes in forgotten literature and writings from the 1800s.
3. The Quote Garden was the first website to have a large selection of special occasion quotes — holidays, events, sentiments, etc., as well as current events and social causes.
4. Dozens of exclusive categories — “first of the Web” — that have since spread far and wide, for example: tooth fairy, Día de los Muertos, cancer support, crayons, screen-free week, best friends, gasoline prices, donate life, drive safely, firefighter appreciation, party invitation, social anxiety, yearbook, off to college, Administrative Assistant Day, Black Friday, prom, stand-up desks, lean manufacturing, etc.
5. There’s no fancy database automatically populating pages. I list quotes the old-fashioned way — hand‑picked, in an order that makes sense to me, added one at a time over the years. I like to make it feel more like reading a book rather than picking through random quotes one by one. This is an anthology that I hope feels like reading a special kind of literature — the inspirational mixed with the funny mixed with the thought-provoking: a literary collage of feelings and thoughts.
6. I am striving for as much accuracy as possible, and I ’fess up to my mistakes. Yes, I have quite a few errors to clean up from my early years of not always verifying sources and wordings, but I am working hard to do that — it will just take some time to get there. And I no longer post new items without spending as many hours as it takes to find the original, if at all possible.
7. In addition to quotations, there are also many quotation resources to help you find and learn about quotes and quote collecting, as well as links to other quotation sites and related information. You can check this out on the Links page.
8. I care. Quotation collecting is my biggest passion, other than family, and I’ve been doing it for 30 years. This site didn’t just pop up overnight. It has grown slowly to what it is today. I have put many thousands of hours of research and hard work and heart and soul and insomnia and eye strain into this collection. The quote sites that can honestly claim the same can be counted on a single hand. I love words. I love old books. I love what I do. I love sharing it with the world. And I will never, ever stop.
Quote A: “If people copy your work, that’s their karma. No one can copy you — your energy, your essence, your light.” ~Aine Belton, 2014
Q: Which are your favorite authors?
Long A: I am wary to answer, for fear of inadvertently leaving out many. However, here’s a start: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Alfred de Musset, Rumi (Coleman Barks), Jerome K. Jerome, Wendell Berry, Charles Dickens, Israel Zangwill, Heinrich Heine, John Muir, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Johann Paul Friedrich Richter, Octave Mirbeau, Khalil Gibran, Vladimir Nabokov, Antonio Porchia, Mary Oliver, Kenneth Alfred Evelyn Alexander, James Lendall Basford, Francis Thompson, Washington Irving, Hal Borland, Charles Lamb, Elizabeth Chase Akers Allen, Chuck Palahniuk, Olive Thorne Miller, Henry David Thoreau, Augustus William Hare & Julius Charles Hare, Lemony Snicket, Christopher Morley, Joseph Conrad, James Russell Lowell, Walt Whitman, John Burroughs, Margaret Widdemer, Pablo Neruda, J.D. Salinger, W. Somerset Maugham, Louisa May Alcott, Jack Kerouac, John Steinbeck, E.B. White, Robert Fulghum, Joseph Campbell, D.H. Lawrence, Rupert Brooke, William Lloyd Garrison, Rabindranath Tagore, Wallace Stevens, Charles Darwin. My favorite periods of literature are the Romantic, Victorian, and Transcendental.
Quote A¹: “I never studied any particular writer, but have always read simply what pleased me, and remembered whatever impressed itself on my memory...” ~Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742–1799)
Quote A²: “What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers.” ~Logan Pearsall Smith (1865–1946)
Q: Which tools did you use to create this website?
Long A: Historically and present day, in no particular order: Paper, pen, old books, libraries, bookstores, stationery stores, WordStar for CP/M, Kaypro II, WordPerfect for DOS, GeoCities, Don Ho’s Notepad++, Microsoft Notepad, Microsoft Word and Excel, Jasc Paint Shop Pro v7 and X4, Jasc Animation Shop v3, Ipswitch WS_FTP, FileZilla, Netscape Navigator, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, InMotion Hosting, GoDaddy, Mythicsoft Agent Ransack & FileLocator Pro, Foxit Reader, IrfanView Thumbnails, Mirek Wojtowicz’s MWSnap, Denis Kozlov’s ReNamer, Gunnar Hjalmarsson’s Quotations WebRing, DMOZ Open Directory Project, eXTReMe Tracking, PicoSearch, Amazon Honor System, AltaVista search engine, Google, Gmail, Google Books, Andy McDonald’s FoxClocks, Oleksandr’s Screengrab, Michael Herf’s f.lux, Piksoft TurboScan, Calendars 5 by Readdle, Sol: Sun Clock by Juggleware, Norton File Manager, Zabkat xplorer², Nitro PrimoPDF, Phoenix Public Library, David Mandell’s Alarmed and Errands, 2Do by Beehive Innovations Limited, My Wonderful Days by haha Interactive, Collect by The Lens Lab Pty Ltd, Gu Jing’s File Hub, Ben Alexander’s Newsify, SpaceMonger by Sixty-Five Software, bookworm mojo, INFj passion, love, insomnia, Trader Joe’s, chocolate, tea, and coffee.
Quote A: “Computing is not about computers anymore. It is about living.” ~Nicholas Negroponte, 1995
Q: Geez, is everything quotes with you?
Short A: Yes!
Quote A: “Yes.” ~William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew (c.1590), Act II, Scene I, line 260, Katharina to Petruchio
Short A: I respect your privacy. Please read the long answer as well.
Long A: The only personal information I see for my visitors is email addresses for people who send me an email message. The Quote Garden will never sell or share your email address. Please note, however, that there are third-party services associated with this site that may affect your privacy. Click the links below to view the privacy policies of those sites and services.
Quote A: “Relying on the government to protect your privacy is like asking a peeping tom to install your window blinds.” ~John Perry Barlow, 1992
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