O! queso what?

What are flowers without the bees,
What of grasses without the breeze?
Nothing the wind if not for the trees,
Nada la quesadilla sin el cheese.

—Terri Guillemets

There are actually eight

It’s a sin to waste chocolate.  It’s in the Bible.  Ghirardelli ®  3:17.

—Terri Guillemets

P.S.  Thanks to my mom for letting me know that she saw a Viabella greeting card with this quote on it at a nearby store. The inside reads: “Wishing you a birthday that’s sinfully delicious.” —tg, 2015


I don’t cry over spilt milk, but a fallen scoop of ice cream is enough to ruin my whole day.

—Terri Guillemets

P.S.  Thank you to crossword constructor Judge Victor Fleming of Arkansas and his puzzle partner Bonnie Gentry of Arizona for turning this quotation into a crossword puzzle titled “Mishap to Avoid at Ben & Jerry’s,” published in Simon & Schuster Mega Crossword Puzzle Book #7.  Judge Fleming is also responsible for outing me in a 2008 article at a time when I had been trying to run The Quote Garden in a more-or-less anonymous manner. But since it happened anyway, I decided to go with it and very shortly thereafter added my photo to the website and shared a little more about myself. So it turned out to be a good thing even though at first I was a tad mortified. —tg, 2010

Nineteen eighty-seven

Been collecting quotes
since nineteen eighty-seven,

Be collecting them ’til
the day I go to Heaven.

And if by chance
it’s to the contrary,

Here’s hoping Hell
has a great library!

—Terri Guillemets

P.S. I had this on the “about me” page of The Quote Garden until I was going through the memory box my mom made for me and came across the essay I wrote in school about The Scarlet Letter, which was the book that really got me seriously hooked on collecting quotations. And this essay was dated October 1986. I had only taken a best guess about the 1987 date. So now with dated proof, I had to ‘eighty-six’ this silly little autobio poem. But I’m keeping it anyway as a scrapbook memory for myself. I’ve yet to attempt a rewrite rhyming the proper year, although ‘Styx’ has great literary potential.  —tg, 2012