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" A cactus doesn't live in the desert because it likes the desert; it lives there because the desert hasn't killed it yet. "
" I think it's very common that scientists or technical people have an artistic side. Sometimes they are very accomplished musicians. Sometimes they have very fine tastes according to art or design. And often, they've spent a big chunk of their childhood or they're growing-up years trying to get in very good at those activities. "
" It's very important to put children in an environment where they can take things apart; where they can break things and then learn to fix them; where they can trust their hands and know their capacity to manipulate objects. "
" In New England, the pin oak thrives, its leaves tipping to a thorny point in a good-natured impression of its evergreen neighbor, the holly bush. "
" You can pick wild strawberries with your eyes closed, locating them by smell, for they are two parts perfume to one part taste. An hour of searching might yield a handful if you're lucky. Wild strawberries can't be encouraged, nor can they be discouraged: They come to you unbidden and unearned. They appear, or do not, by the grace of the sun. "
" When I was five, I came to understand that I was not a boy. "
" 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 think my job is to leave some evidence for future generations that there was somebody who cared while we were destroying everything. "
" I spend a lot of time talking to other scientists and writing to other scientists. "
" 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. "
" My life is pretty small. Even as a successful scientist, I'm not a public figure. I like people - I just don't know that many! "
" People love the ocean. People are always asking me why I don't study the ocean, because, after all, I live in Hawaii. I tell them that it's because the ocean is a lonely, empty place. "
" I like weeds and hardy plants. "
" A tree's wood is also its memoir. "
" In our tiny town, my father wasn't a scientist - he was the scientist, and being a scientist wasn't his job: it was his identity. "
" We must continue as in millennia past, nourishing the future as we feed ourselves and, each year, plant only the very best of what we have collectively engineered. "
" I am not the only scientist to be struck by the power and meaning of Lamium album in bloom. "
" Men and women study things differently, and it's not because of our chromosomes. It's a product of our cultural conditioning. "
" Even a very little girl can wield a slide rule, the cursor serving as a haft. "
" I grew up in my father's laboratory and played beneath the chemical benches until I was tall enough to play on them. "
" In my Scandinavian-American family, we were conditioned never to sit, at least not comfortably. I was endlessly going back to work. We longed for the fleeting respite of being useful and regarded sleep as a reward for exhaustion, always to be deferred until after the sun goes down. "
" The world is a fickle place, and it's not fair. But if you're getting most of your rewards from you, then you can use that as a kind of compass, and you can be secure in the fact that you're working for the right reason, and you're going in the right direction. "
" We must feed, shelter, and nurture one another as our first priority, and to do so, we must avail ourselves of our best technologies, which have always included some type of genetic modification. "
" Women study things in order to figure out how they're connected to other things. I don't know if it's controversial to say that, but that's what I've seen from doing science for a couple of decades. "
" My father was a scientist, and I grew up in his laboratory. Maybe I am like him, but he is not like me. "
" A true scientist doesn't perform prescribed experiments; she develops her own and thus generates wholly new knowledge. "
" 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. "
" The live oak can grow sturdily on the hottest hills of central California, contrasting dark green against the golden grass. "
" The evasion of justice within academia is all the more infuriating because the course of sexual harassment is so predictable. Since I started writing about women and science, my female colleagues have been moved to share their stories with me; my inbox is an inadvertent clearinghouse for unsolicited love notes. "
" Women live in a world where we are forced to consider our safety at every turn. We minimize risk while we maximize activity. It's this constant balancing act that we do. "
" If every seed turned into a plant, we'd be living in a very different world. "