"I wanted nothing more than to see my babies. To see their faces."--Jean Chastang, 31, who was at work at Children's Hopsital in San Francisco when the temblor struck.
"I'm just out to keep an eye on things."--Loren Johnson, a Los Gatos woman who spent Tuesday night guarding her father's business against looters who never came.
"Vultures don't do that. Vultures don't steal wallets."--Oakland School District Police Officer Dave Drury, commenting on reports that people were climbing onto sections of the collapsed Nimitz Freeway and stealing wallets from the dead.
"It felt like one of those huge monsters from a Japanese horror movie grabbed a hold of the building and was shaking the hell out of it." --Margie Cornehl, a city planning employee in San Jose, who was working on the fourth floor of the six-story City Hall.