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" 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 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. "
" 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. "
" For a tree, to endure four months of daylight is like you or I going without sleep for four months. "
" 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! "
" A true scientist doesn't perform prescribed experiments; she develops her own and thus generates wholly new knowledge. "
" I love to read stories. And I don't to get to talk about my favorite novels very often in my job. "
" If every seed turned into a plant, we'd be living in a very different world. "
" 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. "
" Every acorn on the ground is just as alive as the three-hundred-year-old oak tree that towers over it. "
" A cactus doesn't live in the desert because it likes the desert; it lives there because the desert hasn't killed it yet. "
" My laboratory is like a church because it is where I figure out what I believe. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" I grew up in a small town. "
" Men and women study things differently, and it's not because of our chromosomes. It's a product of our cultural conditioning. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Women scientists' hands are like every other woman's hands. "
" Regardless of politics, our world will continue to change rapidly. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" When I was five, I came to understand that I was not a boy. "
" I love rocks with the unconditional love that you lavish upon a newborn baby. "
" 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 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. "
" Corn occupies a really special role in what I've been calling American agro-economics. "
" My father was a scientist, and I grew up in his laboratory. Maybe I am like him, but he is not like me. "
" 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. "
" Even a very little girl can wield a slide rule, the cursor serving as a haft. "