Monthly Archives: September 2011


“There were other trees in the garden, and one of the things which made the place look strangest and loveliest was that climbing roses had run all over them and swung down long tendrils which made light swaying curtains, and here and there they had caught at each other or at a far-reaching branch and had crept from one tree to another and made lovely bridges of themselves.”

–Frances Hodgson Burnett. The Secret Garden. New York: Bantam Dell, 2007. Originally published 1911. Quote on page 75.


“Ah, the colossal cow. He seems so innocent, but perhaps not.”

–From the back of a package of Whiskas All Natural Temptations, Beef Tenderloin Flavor, Mars Petcare US, Inc., 2011.


“Happiness is not out there for us to find. The reason that it’s not out there is that it’s inside us.”

–Sonja Lyubomirksy. The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want. New York: Penguin Books, 2007. Quote on page 40.


“‘If you would know the Way,’ she recited to herself, ‘observe the subtlety of water.'”

–R.A. MacAvoy. Tea with the Black Dragon. New York: Bantam Books, 1983. Quote on page 1.


“The thrill of the forbidden was not there.”

–Lawrence Watt-Evans. “Matchmaking on the Hellmouth.” Seven Seasons of Buffy: Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors Discuss Their Favorite Television Show. Ed. Glenn Yeffeth. Dallas: Benbella Books, 2003. 188-194. Quote on page 192.


“In California there were nuggets the size of walnuts lying on the ground–or so it was said, and truth travels slowly when rumors have wings of gold.”

–Cherie Priest. Boneshaker. New York: Tor, 2009. Quote on page 15.


“Or we can ask the question this way: has this sort of thing happened before?”

–Donald Keller. “Spirit Guides and Shadow Selves from the Dream Life of Buffy and Faith.” Fighting the Forces: What’s at Stake in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Ed. Rhonda V. Wilcox and David Lavery. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefied Publishers, 2002. 165-177. Quote on page 168.


“The circles are everywhere, if you know to look for them.”

–Brian Raftery. “Please Watch This Man’s Show.” Wired 19.10 (October 2011): 102-110. Quote on page 106.

Random quote 1 (RQ1)

“Once you consume a letter, it’s gone; keep going until you get to the next uneaten one.”

–Mike Selinker. “The Pac-Man Puzzle.” Wired 19.10 (October 2011): 96.

Random quote project

New project: once per day, I’m going to post a random quote from something I’m reading that day. I’m not going to choose the quote carefully; it’s going to be a quick, unthoughtful snippet, and the text from which it comes will be equally random, because my reading habits are random. The quote might come from a printed source, or something online, or something (a sign, a poster) that I read while passing by. I’m curious to see what happens to the meaning when the quotes are stripped of context and if there will be unexpected connections between the quotes.