Goodreads helps you follow your favorite authors. Be the first to learn about new releases!
Start by following Amy Stewart.

Amy  Stewart Amy Stewart > Quotes


Amy Stewart quotes (showing 1-30 of 71)

“But gardening is none of that, really. Strip away the gadgets and the techniques, the books and the magazines and the soil test kits, and what you're left with, at the end of the day, is this: a stretch of freshly turned dirt, a handful of seeds scratched into the surface, and a marker to remember where they went. It is at the same time an incredibly brave and an incredibly simple thing to do, entrusting your seeds to the earth and waiting for them to rise up out of the ground to meet you.”
Amy Stewart, From the Ground Up: The Story of a First Garden
“People here had redwood trees in their backyards. You were never far from the infinite.”
Amy Stewart, The Last Bookstore In America
“The male doesn't eat - it doesn't even have a mouth or an anus - so it does nothing but mate until death.”
Amy Stewart, Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon's Army & Other Diabolical Insects
“Gardeners are the ultimate mixologists.”
Amy Stewart, The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks
“Eternity can be found in the minuscule, in the place where earthworms, along with billions of unseen soil-dwelling microorganisms, engage in a complex and little-understood dance with the tangle of plant roots that make up their gardens, their cities.”
Amy Stewart, The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms
“Perhaps it makes sense that a creature that doesn't get ill and has few enemies among its neighbors would also live agelessly and die without explanation or cause--would simply vanish without a trace.”
Amy Stewart, The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms
“I have come to understand, like Darwin had, that earthworms are not destroyers, but redeemers. They move through waste and decay in their contemplative way, sifting, turning it into something else, something that is better.”
Amy Stewart, The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms
“Some growers believe that a particular type of music makes the plants grow faster, but most agree that the best strategy for the plants is to play whatever music the workers like best.”
Amy Stewart, Flower Confidential: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful in the Business of Flowers
“I’d always felt that one could read a woman’s discontent in the amount of embroidery in her sitting room. It gave me a crowded and nervous feeling to sit among so much frantic stitchery.”
Amy Stewart, Lady Cop Makes Trouble
“But a male tree produces only small, well-behaved flowers—that is, if your definition of well behaved includes spewing plant sperm into the air for weeks on end.”
Amy Stewart, Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities
“It didn’t help that Norma had all the girlish charm of a boulder”
Amy Stewart, Girl Waits with Gun
“The rat population thrived in such a horrible mess. Ironically, cats were believed to be the consorts of witches in those days, so they were killed. Persecution of cats during the Middle Ages nearly eliminated populations of the rat's natural predator, just when Europeans could have used the cats' hunting skills the most.”
Amy Stewart, Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon's Army & Other Diabolical Insects
“In 1897, a Scientific American reporter wrote that “mezcal is described as tasting like a mixture of gasoline, gin and electricity. Tequila is even worse, and is said to incite murder, riot and revolution.”
Amy Stewart, The Drunken Botanist: The Plants that Create the World's Great Drinks
“Any environment, any single life is in a continuous state of change. This is just more obvious when you pay attention to earthworms. Their work may seem unspectacular at first. They don't chirp or sing, they don't gallop or soar, they don't hunt or make tools or write books. But they do something just as powerful: they consume, they transform, they change the earth.”
Amy Stewart, The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms
“A poisonous seed will only kill you if you chew it and swallow.”
Amy Stewart, Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities
“Epigraph
“I got a revolver to protect us.” said Miss Constance,
”and I soon had use for it.”
--New York Times, June 3 1915”
Amy Stewart
“Mango and cashew trees also produce the irritating resin known as urishol, as does the lacquer tree. In fact, people who are highly sensitive to poison ivy or one of its cousins may experience a cross-sensitivity to mango rind or a lacquer-covered box.”
Amy Stewart, Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities
“A jalapeño pepper—generally considered to be the hottest pepper any sane person would attempt to chew and swallow—gets a rating of around 5,000 SHU.”
Amy Stewart, Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities
“During Prohibition, enterprising California grape growers kept themselves in business by selling “fruit bricks”—blocks of dried, compressed grapes that were packaged with wine-making yeast. A label warned purchasers not to dissolve the fruit brick in warm water and add the yeast packet, as this would result in fermentation and the creation of alcohol, which was illegal.”
Amy Stewart, The Drunken Botanist: The Plants that Create the World's Great Drinks
“Where the years ahead had once seemed vague and unknowable, amorphous in shape and indeterminable in size, after my mother died I began to see a set of decades stacked neatly in front of me like bricks...When I allowed myself to think of the brevity of the time ahead of me, and the futility of spending any more of it on cooking and mending and gardening, it frightened me so much that I almost couldn't breathe.”
Amy Stewart
“Even today, chocolate is made by fermenting the beans for several days to allow richer and more complex flavors to emerge. They are then dried, roasted, and cracked open so that the nibs—the meaty part of the bean—can be extracted. The nibs are ground into a powder or paste that, along with a little sugar, becomes dark chocolate. If milk is added, it becomes milk chocolate. And if the fat, called cacao butter, is extracted by itself and mixed with sugar, that is white chocolate.”
Amy Stewart, The Drunken Botanist: The Plants that Create the World's Great Drinks
“(Botanists who study “twining handedness” have discovered that hops are unusual in their proclivity to twine in a clockwise direction; 90 percent of all climbing plants prefer to go counterclockwise.)”
Amy Stewart, The Drunken Botanist: The Plants that Create the World's Great Drinks
“freshly picked hops heat up the way a compost pile does and have been known to catch fire.”
Amy Stewart, The Drunken Botanist: The Plants that Create the World's Great Drinks
“Dogfish Head makes a cacao beer called Theobroma that is intended to be a modern recreation of an ancient Olmec recipe.”
Amy Stewart, The Drunken Botanist: The Plants that Create the World's Great Drinks
“The soldiers had, apparently, been given beehives filled with the honey of bees that had feasted on rhododendron and azalea, plants that produce neurotoxins so potent that they remain active in the honey. Those who eat the honey succumb to honey intoxication, also called grayanotoxin poisoning.”
Amy Stewart, Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon's Army and Other Diabolical Insects
“An invasive European moth was to blame for a series of mysterious rashes among schoolchildren in northern Pennsylvania. In the spring of 1981, roughly a third of the children at two schools in Luzerne County suffered from rashes on their arms, necks, and legs.”
Amy Stewart, Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon's Army and Other Diabolical Insects
“can take over a week for a Venus flytrap to devour its prey, and it may only eat a few bugs in its life. Although people can force a trap to close by running a finger along it, carnivorous plant enthusiasts consider this rude.”
Amy Stewart, Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities
“He understood perfectly the connection between booze and botany, which fascinates me as well.”
Amy Stewart, The Drunken Botanist: The Plants that Create the World's Great Drinks
“Perfume makers know that, owing to genetic differences in how we experience fragrances, about half the people who inhale jasmine will think of honey, and the other half, unfortunately, will think of urine. They’re both right.”
Amy Stewart, The Drunken Botanist: The Plants that Create the World's Great Drinks
“John Adams, writing to his friend William Tudor in 1818, said, “I know not why we should blush to confess that molasses was an essential ingredient in American independence. Many great events have proceeded from much smaller causes.”
Amy Stewart, The Drunken Botanist: The Plants that Create the World's Great Drinks

« previous 1 3

All Quotes | Add A Quote
Play The 'Guess That Quote' Game
Girl Waits with Gun (Kopp Sisters, #1) Girl Waits with Gun
15,516 ratings
Open Preview
The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks The Drunken Botanist
5,773 ratings
Open Preview
Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities Wicked Plants
5,547 ratings
Open Preview
Lady Cop Makes Trouble (Kopp Sisters, #2) Lady Cop Makes Trouble
3,093 ratings
Open Preview