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" Accidents at power plants are bad enough. But a leak from a bioreactor could be worse, since bacteria can learn new tricks when you're not looking. "
" The battles after the wars are over can be the toughest; there's no longer the public interest that accompanies, for good and for ill, the start of combat. "
" If anything, the power of the cover of 'Time' has increased as the media landscape has atomized. "
" If boomers were always looking to shock, millennials are eager to share. "
" Be bored and see where it takes you, because the imagination's dusty wilderness is worth crossing if you want to sculpt your soul. "
" A lot of camps and summer programs for kids seem to have discovered that among the most valuable things they offer is what they don't offer. No Wi-Fi. No grades. No hovering parents or risk managers or parents who parent like risk managers. "
" Inflicting emotional distress has typically been treated as a civil action. How 'substantial' does the distress have to be for it to turn criminal? "
" Professor Obama has at least talked to us like we're adults. "
" I'm sentimental about many things: the lumpy feel of a baby's unused feet, the metallic smell of the air before the first snow, the last scene in 'It's a Wonderful Life.' But Valentine's Day leaves me cold. "
" Few Westerners know Iran as well as Robin Wright: her first trip there as a journalist was in 1973, and she has covered every important milestone since, from the Islamic revolution and the hostage crisis to the more recent staring contest with the West over Tehran's nuclear program. "
" Decision making in a democracy depends above all on knowledge and not just the intel available to presidents and policymakers. "
" Adolescence, that swampy zone between safety and power, is best patrolled by adults armed with sense and mercy, not guns and a badge. "
" While many alien species are harmless, others pose expensive threats to seas and fields and forests. "
" We will never know if any other president approached Nixon in paranoia, profanity or potential criminality, since only his conversations were captured, subpoenaed and ultimately released on the front pages of newspapers. "
" Charlie Rangel was writing laws on our taxes as chair of the Ways and Means Committee while somehow neglecting to pay his own. "
" Enter politics, and you enter the glass house; there are no secrets and no places to hide. "
" All great rebellions are born of private acts of civil disobedience that inspire rebel bands to plot together. "
" It's the experts in adolescent development who wax most emphatic about the value of family meals, for it's in the teenage years that this daily investment pays some of its biggest dividends. "
" You can't hold up a blog; you can hold up a magazine. "
" Most of us were probably less than immaculately honest as teenagers; it's practically encoded into adolescence that you savor your secrets, dress in disguise, carve out some space for experiments and accidents and all the combustible lab work of becoming who you are. "
" Anyone with the right mix of parental paranoia and entrepreneurial moxie can make a fortune by selling parents the equipment we think will keep us one step ahead of our kids. "
" Emotional life grows out of an area of the brain called the limbic system, specifically the amygdala, whence come delight and disgust and fear and anger. "
" Modesty means admitting the possibility of error, subsuming the self for the good of the whole, remaining open to surprise and the gifts that only failure can bring. There are many ways to practice it. Try taking up golf. Or making your own bagels. Or raising a teenager. "
" Sure, we want to know what a president believes in... but that doesn't always mean he should tell us. "
" After 9/11, whatever the evidence of intelligence failures, many people still saw that attack as almost unimaginable, so brutal and brazen an assault. "
" America's presidents tend to die young. Maybe it is in the nature of the men who reach such heights, or of the job once they attain it. "
" It is faith that drives us to build, a belief that we cannot be limited by lack of nerve or airspace. "
" Teaching sometimes seems like not one profession, but every profession. We ask them to be doctor and diplomat, calf-herder, map-maker, wizard and watchman, electricians of the mind. "
" As a candidate, Obama disdained the game of politics, a self-conscious contrast to all the tireless political athletes named Clinton. "
" Maybe we adults idealize our own red-rover days, the hot afternoons spent playing games that required no coaches, eating foods that involved no nutrition, getting dirty in whole new ways and rarely glancing in the direction of a screen of any kind. "
" Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth were slaves by birth, freedom fighters by temperament. "