The Quote Garden ™
I dig old books. ™
The Quote Garden
digging up quotes since 1986
online since 1998
Welcome! My name is Terri, from Arizona. I’ve had my nose in books since 1976. The Quote Garden is my personal compilation of quotations that I’ve been collecting obsessively for 36 years. I especially love old books. Many quotes are from the Romantic, Victorian, and Transcendental writings of the 1800s and Modernist of the early 1900s, but there are plenty of contemporary quotes too — from current authors to television shows to internet memes, and sometimes I even quote my friends, my family, and myself.
At 30,000 quotations, I’ve still yet to finish placing my entire collection online. There are quote-scribbled scraps of paper, torn-edged articles, 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?
Terri Guillemets (b. 1973) 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 www.quotegarden.com (est. 1998), one of the most long-standing online quotation collections and the first to offer a wide variety of special occasion topics. With a love of vintage books, her specialty is reviving abandoned literature from the nineteenth century. An old soul whose inner child will never grow up, she also enjoys nature, cloudgazing, photography, and family.
This website is fueled by coffee, tea, chocolate —
and the occasional square meal.
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, 1903
Unless noted otherwise, William Shakespeare quotations are standardized on this site using William George Clark and William Aldis Wright’s 1860s Globe edition, from Grady Ward’s Moby Shakespeare, as published by Open Source Shakespeare, opensourceshakespeare.org, by Eric M. Johnson and George Mason University, in the public domain. I acknowledge all these gentlemen with much gratitude.
“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.
published late 1990s
revised ad infinitum
last saved 2022 Sep 18