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" Every acorn on the ground is just as alive as the three-hundred-year-old oak tree that towers over it. "
" I am not the only scientist to be struck by the power and meaning of Lamium album in bloom. "
" Regardless of what humans do to the climate, there will still be a rock orbiting the sun. "
" I love rocks with the unconditional love that you lavish upon a newborn baby. "
" There is nothing in the world more perfect than a slide rule. Its burnished aluminum feels cool against your lips, and if you hold it level to the light you can see God's most perfect right angle in each of its corners. "
" 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. "
" 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 love to read stories. And I don't to get to talk about my favorite novels very often in my job. "
" 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. "
" For a tree, to endure four months of daylight is like you or I going without sleep for four months. "
" The deadnettle is the Punxsutawney Phil of the plant world: short of stature but stout of heart. At the first hint of winter's wane, its stem rises from the ground, and a green, grasping hand of sepals unclenches to divulge two silky-white petals, one of which unfurls straight up toward the sky. "
" I was a promising graduate student. I landed a position as a professor before I even started to write my dissertation. While I prepared to start my new job, I decided that I would begin by studying the brine that bleeds sideways within the rocks that underlie the inner Aegean region of Turkey. "
" 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. "
" The live oak can grow sturdily on the hottest hills of central California, contrasting dark green against the golden grass. "
" 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 think there are fundamental power imbalances between the sexes that play themselves out in society. And I think science is just not immune to that - which actually isn't a very controversial stance if you think about it. "
" I grew up in a small town. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" I always knew how privileged I was to think for a living. "
" Science is so incremental and so full of setbacks and small steps forward. In order to really thrive in this business, you have to be able to glean as much joy from the failure days and from the small increments as you do from the breakthroughs. "
" My father was a physicist, while I am a biogeochemist. I live to study plants, and he has never had more than a generic interest in biology. "
" 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. "
" I think, as you move to the upper ranks of science - ranks being positions of influence and access - you see fewer female faces. And I think the basic reason is the same reason that you don't see a lot of female faces in Congress or on the Supreme Court or on the directing board of Fortune 500 companies. "
" My father's schooling during the 1930s was heavy with memorization; eight decades later, he is reaping the benefits. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Regardless of politics, our world will continue to change rapidly. "
" Plants are decisive to a fault. A stem produces a bud that flowers once and once only. It offers pollen that is either dispersed or goes nowhere. One pollen grain either enters a stigma or it falls upon stony ground. An ovum is either fertilized or the whole project stalls out. "
" America may say that it values science, but it sure as hell doesn't want to pay for it. "