Open Quote Thread

I have several extra packets of seeds, a few vegetables and a few flowers — the kind the seed companies send you as “extras.”

Post your favorite quote and I’ll put your name in the basket for a drawing this weekend.

Picture found here.


17 responses to “Open Quote Thread

  1. Too many favorites but here’s one I like–from Derrick Jensen: When you give up on hope, you turn away from fear.And when you quit relying on hope, and instead begin to protect the people, things, and places you love, you become very dangerous indeed to those in power.

    Mostly I wanted to say that I’m spending some time this evening catching up on your blog. Nice work, sister.

  2. When I was alive I believed, as you do, that time was at least as real and solid as myself and probably more so… I lived in a house bricked up with weekends, seconds, minutes and New Year’s Days and I never went outside until I died – now I know that I could have walked through the walls.

  3. “It’s never too late to be what you were meant to be”. — Mary Ann Evans (George Eliot)

  4. “The past, what we have done or not done, slips and flows,
    like a stream to a carved-out channel, into the things we do years after.
    It is never safe, or wise, to say that anything is over.”
    ~ Guy Gavriel Kay, The Last Light of the Sun

  5. I love that Kay quote. But I also love “Your silence will not protect you” — Audre Lorde.

  6. And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. Anais Nin

  7. “I am proposing that we reconceive the dream. That we consider what would happen if security were not the point of our existence. That we find freedom, aliveness, and power not from what contains, locates, or protects us but from what dissolves, reveals, and expands us.” ~ Eve Ensler, Insecure At Last

  8. For gardens:

    “If one were as good a gardener in practice as one is in theory — what a garden would one create!” V. Sackville-West 1937

    “The garden was quiet and damp, the tempermental apple tree at the back of the lot shivering slightly as if dreaming. Generations of Waverlys had tended this garden. Their history was in the soil, but so was their future. Something was about to happen, something the garden wasn’t ready to tell her yet. She would have to keep a sharp eye out.” Sarah Addison Allen, Garden Spells. 2007

    “Good huswives in summer will save their own seedes
    Against the next yere – as occasion needes.
    One seede for another, to make an exchange
    With fellowlie neighbourhood seemeth not strange.” Thomas Tusser. 1580

  9. Not a quote — but this is the fresh new teaser trailer for the upcoming “Rise of the Guardians” — from the same team as “How To Train Your Dragon” ………..

  10. I will either find a way or I will make one.
    Hannibal. (Elephant/Alps guy, not Lecter. )

  11. Jumping in a bit late, but:

    “And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

  12. “Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes.”—William Gibson

    That one’s been seriously helpful to me.

  13. “Tell me, what is it you plan to do
    with your one wild and precious life?”

    Mary Oliver

  14. My heart is moved by all I cannot save:
    So much has been destroyed
    I have to cast my lot with those
    who, age after age,
    perversely, with no extraordinary
    power, reconstitute the world.–Adrienne Rich

    Not so much a quote, also, but it’s what I printed out and have kept on the bottom of my computer monitor for years.

  15. OK. All fifteen of you email your address to me at: hecatedem etersda ttera thotma ildo tcom

    And I’ll mail out your seeds next week. Love, love, love the quotes! True story: My first “real” paycheck, ever, for checking groceries at the A&P, I spent on a copy of Barlett’s Quotations. Money well spent.

  16. I do not need any seeds, I am full up with seeds at this time. But I love this quote:
    “It’s a good thing to have all the props pulled out from under us occasionally. It gives us some sense of what is rock under our feet, and what is sand.”

    (Madeleine L’Engle)

    and also this one:
    “I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work… I want to achieve it through not dying”.

    (Woody Allen)

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