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All Quotes by author - Hope Jahren
" A cactus doesn't live in the desert because it likes the desert; it lives there because the desert hasn't killed it yet. "
" All I have ever wanted is one more day in the lab with the people I care about. And every day that I get that, I am grateful. "
" America may say that it values science, but it sure as hell doesn't want to pay for it. "
" As an environmental scientist, I think our first need is to feed and shelter and nurture. That has always required the exploitation of plant life, and it always will. "
" A seed knows how to wait... A seed is alive while it waits. "
" Ask a science professor what she worries about. It won't take long. She'll look you in the eye and say one word: 'Money.' "
" A tree's wood is also its memoir. "
" A true scientist doesn't perform prescribed experiments; she develops her own and thus generates wholly new knowledge. "
" Corn occupies a really special role in what I've been calling American agro-economics. "
" During the mid-1990s, I collected thousands of hackberry fruits from trees all across the Midwest. I chemically analyzed each seed in order to formulate an equation relating the hackberry's mineral makeup to the summer temperature under which it grew. "
" Each beginning is the end of a waiting. We are each given exactly one chance to be. Each of us is both impossible and inevitable. "
" Even a very little girl can wield a slide rule, the cursor serving as a haft. "
" Every acorn on the ground is just as alive as the three-hundred-year-old oak tree that towers over it. "
" For a tree, to endure four months of daylight is like you or I going without sleep for four months. "
" I always knew how privileged I was to think for a living. "
" I am a scientist. To be specific, I am a woman scientist. This, I have been told and have come to believe, is a good thing. In fact, it is such a good thing that America needs more of us. Everyone seems to be very sure of this. The thing that no one is sure about, however, is how to make it happen. "
" I am a scientist who studies plants. I like plants. I think about plants almost every hour of the day, and several hours of the night as well. "
" I am not a farmer; I am a researcher who studies the plants that come to your dinner table, which means that I ask questions for a living. "
" I am not the only scientist to be struck by the power and meaning of Lamium album in bloom. "
" I can explain to you in detail just how a tree can be made into paper. But I've always wondered - and hoped - that someday, someone would help me discover how paper can be made back into a tree. "
" I feel like I'm the same scientist I was back when I couldn't get a grant. Now I'm that same person thinking that same way getting grants. That system of external rewards in science has always mystified me. It's fickle. And I also don't think it was constructed with people like me in mind. "
" If every seed turned into a plant, we'd be living in a very different world. "
" I grew up in a small town. "
" I grew up in a time when there were very few women in the physical sciences. And people started to ask me, 'How did you decide to become a scientist?' And I couldn't really answer. I always knew I'd grow up to have a lab because my dad had one. "
" I grew up in my father's laboratory and played beneath the chemical benches until I was tall enough to play on them. "
" I grew up playing with kids who were the kids of people my parents grew up playing with, and they know me like nobody else. I thought everybody was that way when I was growing up, and then I left to go to college, and I realised that the world is full of strangers. "
" I have learned that nothing gets readers so fired up as saying something everyone knows is true. "
I Have Learned
" I like weeds and hardy plants. "
" I love rocks with the unconditional love that you lavish upon a newborn baby. "
" I love the quiet forest that stands between my lab and my home. "
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