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Q: Are all the quotes verified?
Short A: No, there are likely some mistakes, please tell me if you find one.Long A: The quotes are from various sources, including some submitted by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source so wordings and attributions might be wrong. Reporting of errors is greatly appreciated. Please see "How do I contact you?" below.Quote A: “Quotation, n.: The act of repeating erroneously the words of another.”
~Ambrose Bierce
Q: What are the rules for using the quotes?Short A: Sorry, there is no 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 quotations with the world, so of course, feel free to use some of them but with the following cautions in mind. My creative work of compiling and categorizing the quotes is copyrighted. However, the quotations themselves do not belong to me. If you are going to use a quote from this site, you will need to use your own best judgment in doing so. If you are planning to use it 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 origins of the quote. Unfortunately, I am unable to help with these decisions as I am not familiar with copyright laws. I do not have authority to grant permission on behalf of other authors. Several 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, other websites, etc. I am also unable to grant permission to translate the quotes, as this would need to be routed through the authors or publishing companies as well. I therefore ask that you do not copy the entire site or large portions of it, as doing so would be a disrespect both to the quote authors and to me. This is an original compilation encompassing 24 years of very long hours, lost sleep, hard work, blood, sweat, tears, heart and soul. I make constant corrections and updates to the site, and I am passionate about maintaining it as a living, breathing online collection that is easily correctable and as up-to-date as possible. Please remember when quoting in general to attribute the original author or indicate when the author is unknown, and to always quote with respect. I, as well as authors around the world, thank you for this - you are a responsible quotizen! Lastly, if you use some quotes from here and would like to credit the site feel free to do so, it is greatly appreciated but not required.Quote A: “I have gathered a posie of other men's flowers and nothing but the thread which binds them is my own.”
~Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
Q: Can you answer my copyright questions?
Short A: No.Long A: I cannot provide advice 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 their 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 might be covered under fair use, but if in doubt you will probably want to request permission, contact an expert (lawyer), or not use the quote. An exception is material from authors who died more than 95 years ago, in which case the copyright has likely expired but even here there are exceptions. To learn more, visit the U.S. Copyright Office's extensive FAQ at copyright.gov or search Google for copyright, fair use (U.S.), or fair dealing (international).Quote A: “All my best thoughts were stolen by the ancients.”
~R.W. Emerson
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
Q: Is this site appropriate for all ages?
Short A: No.Long A: People have different opinions on what is appropriate for various ages, but please be warned that there are a few quotes and categories on this site containing language or themes that some might find offensive or inappropriate for younger audiences.Quote A: “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
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 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
Q: Can I advertise on your site?
Short A: Yes, using Google AdWords.Long A: I 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.”
~Steuart Henderson Britt
Q: Can I submit a quote?
Short A: Yes, but I might not use it.Long A: You may submit a quotation by emailing it to me. Because I receive so much email, I am unable to reply to every submission. However, I will contact you if I post your quote. See "How do I contact you?" below.Quote A: “If there's a book you really want to read but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.”
~Toni Morrison
Q: What is your citation information?
Short A: www.quotegarden.comLong 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. 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: March 18, 1998- Date of most recent update: displayed at bottom of each page- URL: http://www.quotegarden.com (or as displayed at bottom of each page)- Print version: none- Sponsor: none- Author affiliation: none- Publisher: self-published- Place of publication: Phoenix, Arizona, USAQuote A: “Every job is a self-portrait of the person who does it. Autograph your work with excellence.”
~Author Unknown
Q: How do I contact you?
Short A: By email, please read the long answer.Long A: Feedback and inquiries are always welcome and I do read and appreciate all email messages, but because I receive so much email I am not able to reply to all messages and sometimes it can take me quite a while to respond (a few days up to a few months depending on my schedule and the type of request). Please, pretty please with a cherry on top!, read all the questions on this page before contacting me as answers to the majority of emails I receive are already provided here. My address is quotesandteagmail.com (the at-sign is an image to prevent spam, you will need to replace it with a manually typed "at").Quote A: “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.”
~C.A. Johnson
Q: What does this quote-related word mean?
Short A: See the quote glossary for 70+ terms and definitions.Quote A: “A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience.”
~Miguel de Cervantes
Q: Who is the creator of this site?
Short A: My name is Terri, 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
Q: What is the history of The Quote Garden?
Short A: Digging up quotes since 1987, online since 1998.Long A: The Quote Garden began in 1987 when I was 13 years old and read The Scarlet Letter. As I was reading, I noticed some sentences that I really liked and wrote them on a notepad as I went along. And that is where my passion for quotations began, with Mr Nathaniel Hawthorne. From then on I obsessively wrote down any short excerpts I liked from my readings and kept my collection on paper and in WordStar for CP/M as well as turning my favorites into amateur mini-posters and taping them to my bedroom walls. In early 1998 I began sharing my collection with the world by starting a site on GeoCities and learning HTML. Both the site and my obsession for quotes grew quickly with this new platform for sharing. I moved to quotegarden.com in 2001 and continue to this very day maintaining the site by typing every quote 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 here and there, torn-edged articles with highlighting, etc which I will eventually get around to posting.Quote A: “There is a very fine line between 'hobby' and 'mental illness'.”
~Dave Barry
Q: Are you on Facebook?
Short A: No.Long A: I am not on Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, or YouTube, nor do I have an iPhone app.Blogger: http://quotegarden-terri.blogspot.comFlickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/quotegardenTumblr: http://quotegarden-terri.tumblr.comTwitter: http://twitter.com/quotegardenQuote A: “The Internet is just a world passing around notes in a classroom.”
~Jon Stewart
Q: What is your privacy policy?
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 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
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