I swim across a sea of quotes, splashing in the words and riding the waves of wisdom. ~Terri Guillemets

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The Brothers Karamazov

Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky


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F.A.Q. and Anonymous Answered

Q: I love your blog!

Thank you for your support! I appreciate it. :)

Q: _______ needs to be corrected/_____ was attributed to the wrong person.

Thank you for noticing! I will make corrections as soon as possible if I am able to.

Q: Book recommendations? 

Although the quotes on this blog are posted from a wide variety of books, I believe that I have not read widely enough to give any good recommendations. I don’t even have a favorite book because I believe I haven’t read it yet. So with my lacking literary background and because I don’t know you personally (because if I did I could make much better recommendations), I’ll state my favorite authors are Ray Bradbury, Oscar Wilde, Lemony Snicket, and Roald Dahl and I’d recommend anything by them. Because of this blog, however, I’ve been exposed to such great writing that even if I haven’t read these authors’ works fully (though I’m working on it!) , I would recommend Haruki Murakami, Jonathan Safran Foer, David Levithan, Charles Bukowski, Sylvia Plath, Lauren Oliver, Chuck Palahniuk, Betty Smith, Vladimir Nabokov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, and Jeanette Winterson. I hope that helps somewhat.

Here are books I’ve read in 2013 that have made an impression on me so far (I’ll try to update this regularly):

  • White Oleander — Janet Fitch
  • Middlesex — Jeffrey Eugenides
  • A Long Way Down — Nick Hornby
Q: Do you accept quotes from things that aren’t books?
When the blog first started, I thought it would encompass all quotes from all sources but it’s evolved exclusively with books. By books I mean fiction, nonfiction, poetry, speeches, essays, comics, and even words spoken by writers. I will also accept unpublished material. However, I will not publish fanfiction or text-heavy video games, but I will accept some webcomics. As for lyrics, there is another blog I’ve abandoned — A Sea of Lyrics — which I may bring back to life someday, where you can submit lyrics. The specifics are still subject to change. 
Q: Did you read all the books on this blog.
Oh noooo. haha. I can only hope to read at least 3/4 of the books on this blog in my lifetime.

Q: Do you have any quotes from/about ____?

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Q: To quote is a verb and quotations is a noun.

I wrote a pretty lengthy response to this you can find here.

Q: How do you make your quotes? 

One day it will become apparent to you how I make the photos. A few people have already figured it out, but I hope you understand if I want to prolong the secrecy of the process. :)

Q: Where do you get all the quotes from?

It’s rather silly but I call it “quote hunting”, which is scouring through the Internet searching for good quotes. So, basically from the Internet or from my own readings.

Q: Which font did you use for ____?

I cannot answer that since I often don’t know what fonts they use in particular books.

Q: How many submissions are in your inbox?

Depending on how regularly I clear out the inbox, anywhere from 300-500 submissions. Again, sorry if it takes a long time for your submission to post.

Q: Follow back? Promotions? Reblog this post?

If you ask me to follow, promote, or reblog from your blog, there is a 100% chance I will not. If you ask to check out your blog, I may, but you have to understand I won’t feel obligated to follow and this doesn’t have to do with your blog, just my own preferences.

Q: Can you tell your followers about us? Can you spread the word about ____?

While I realize that most of you genuinely want to spread awareness of your cause, I hope you understand that I would prefer that this blog be as impartial as it can and that this blog focuses on quotes/literature. I am considering adding a place somewhere on the site for your causes, but you can imagine the problems that may ensue if people clamor to be “featured” on these places. So, uncertainty in that area.

Q: How do I go to the next page?

In the current theme, you can move on to the next page by clicking “Older Entries” at the bottom of the page next to the quotation marks. Or you can do this: aseaofquotes.com/page/2 and just change the page number (3, 4, 15 etc.) depending on what page you want. I also suggest viewing this blog in Google Chrome for best results.

Q: What is your theme?

Current theme is Dainty Red by leshistories/sweetcandyskittles.

Previous theme was Tincture by macolepsy.

I slightly change the themes to suit the blog’s atmosphere.

Q: Can you turn on optimized mobile layout?

Sorry, there are reasons I cannot. However, I hope the new theme is easier to navigate on mobile.

Q: What inspired you to make this blog?

Well, when I started this blog I had no expectations for it whatsoever. I already knew that other quote blogs existed on Tumblr and were doing fairly well in popularity so I never thought that there would be room for another quotes blog. I don’t know what made me do it, but I believe it was October 1, 2011 when I created it and put up quotes — not just any quotes I came across but quotes I really liked, that said something, that I related to, that were worded beautifully — because I enjoyed reading and books. So, I guess I started this because I liked words and I wanted to share them with others. Kind of cliche but there you go.

Q: Who are you?

Since this blog is about quotes and not about me, I try my best to minimize my presence here. For those of you who are really curious though, you can message me off of anon asking for my personal blog or you can send an email to aseaofquotes@gmail.com and I can introduce myself that way.

Q: Why do you post quotes that lean toward the sad/depressing/negative/pessimistic?

This is difficult to answer because there are a combination of factors. The main one would be that I find that the more “sad” quotes are — not necessarily better — but more articulately, more raw and emotionally and honestly written than the “happy” quotes and these are the ones I mostly relate to and I imagine a lot of you do too. Also, the “happy” quotes I find to be more cheesy in some aspects, the kind of inspirational things I hear over and over again that I was getting pretty exasperated with. That isn’t to say there aren’t cheesy “sad” quotes too, there are plenty. And don’t get me wrong, if I can find a “happy” quote that comes at happiness in a refreshing, but still positive, perspective, I am eager enough to post it. So the short of it is, I guess, has to do with my own personal preferences and myself. And for those of you who ask about my well-being, apart from the usual feelings of loneliness and sadness we all get, I am pretty good so no worries aha. 

Q: Do you have a Goodreads account?

Yes. :) And if you don’t have one, I recommend you get one. 

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