The Quote Garden
 “I dig old books.”
 Est. 1998

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Terri the Word Harvester
The Quote Garden

digging up quotes since 1986
online since 1998 

Welcome! My name is Terri. I’m a book addict, avid reader, and library lover. The Quote Garden is my personal collection of quotations that I’ve been working on obsessively for 34 years. Here you will find a wide variety of quotes, from old to new and famous to obscure, dozens of special occasion topics and hundreds of everyday subjects. At around 45,000 quotes I’ve still yet to finish placing my entire collection online. There are thousands of quote-scribbled scraps of paper, torn-edged articles with highlighting, and dog-eared books scattered all over which I will eventually get around to posting. My work on this website can be summed up by the Dave Barry quote “There is a very fine line between ‘hobby’ and ‘mental illness.’”

Who Is Terri Guillemets?

U.S. Quotation Anthologist (b. 1973)

Terri Guillemets is a quotation anthologist from Phoenix, Arizona who has collected quotes since age thirteen. Her passion is sharing literary, inspirational, humorous, and thought-provoking quotations with a worldwide audience via her website The Quote Garden at, one of the most long-standing online quotation collections and the first to offer a wide variety of special occasion topics. With a specialty in reviving abandoned literature from the 1800s, she shares her love of vintage books, the art of writing, and the beauty of words. An old soul whose inner child will never grow up, she also enjoys nature, photography, cloudgazing, and family.

Terri Guillemets, 2012 – Yes, I am truly OBSESSED with harvesting quotations!  

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Now that a great wish of my life has been fulfilled, and I can boast of a Garden Room of my own, a retreat where I can work, and scatter leaves, and thoughts, and flowers, at will, I have made up my mind to keep a Kalendar of my own, and write therein what comes to me with flowers, and song of birds, and treasures I find in books which fill shelves on the green walls. Old books, with musty covers, and time-worn pages. I like the words and expressions of “olden-day” writers...
        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, My Kalendar of Country Delights, “Prelude,” 1903

This website is fueled by
coffee, tea, chocolate — and
the occasional square meal.


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Trademark Notices

  • “The Quote Garden” name is a trademark of Terri Guillemets, first public use and first public use online 2000 May 18th. Renamed from “Quotations That Make a Statement,” first published 1998 March 18th.
  • The “I dig old books” tagline is a trademark of Terri Guillemets, first offline use 2007 May 3rd, first online use 2015 June 28th.
  • “The Quote Garden Daily Harvest” is a trademark of Terri Guillemets, first public use and first public use online 2002 October 18th.

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