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" I like weeds and hardy plants. "
" Corn occupies a really special role in what I've been calling American agro-economics. "
" 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. "
" My laboratory is like a church because it is where I figure out what I believe. "
" Every acorn on the ground is just as alive as the three-hundred-year-old oak tree that towers over it. "
" 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. "
" 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 in my father's laboratory and played beneath the chemical benches until I was tall enough to play on them. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" The live oak can grow sturdily on the hottest hills of central California, contrasting dark green against the golden grass. "
" I think the best learning is done with active manipulation. And we need to be able to work with our hands; it's not just about using our brains. "
" I think we get used to not seeing the green things around us. I think they become the backdrop of our lives. And I think you actively have to ask somebody to request that they put that in the foreground. "
" 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 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. "
" 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. "
" A true scientist doesn't perform prescribed experiments; she develops her own and thus generates wholly new knowledge. "
" 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. "
" The absence of women within STEM programs is not only progressive, it is persistent - despite more than 20 years of programs intended to encourage the participation of girls and women. "
" 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. "
" When I was 23, my Norwegian relatives taught me how to sit still. During the long sunlit evenings in the summer of 1992, my cousins would lead me across the farm to the edge of the forest, each of us lugging a folding chair. There, in a scraggly bramble of wild blueberries, we would set them down a few yards apart, each in our own little patch. "
" I love to read stories. And I don't to get to talk about my favorite novels very often in my job. "
" 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. "
" I always knew how privileged I was to think for a living. "
" If every seed turned into a plant, we'd be living in a very different world. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" A seed knows how to wait... A seed is alive while it waits. "
" I love rocks with the unconditional love that you lavish upon a newborn baby. "
" Even a very little girl can wield a slide rule, the cursor serving as a haft. "