Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

Below are the best quotes we heard from our sources today. (Follow the links to read the full stories.)

Francine Patterson, the researcher who taught Koko the gorilla (pictured above, by Alysia Alexander) to “talk” in sign language: “Uncontaminated by humans, [gorillas] are definitely closer to living in the now. Our problem is that we live in the past and we live in the future, but we very rarely dwell in the now. They are so much in harmony with nature, we surely could use them as a model.”

Greg Rosenbaum, chairman of the National Jewish Democratic Council, which supports the Iran deal: “I’ve never seen an issue this divided within the Jewish community in the United States and between the United States and Israel. … I look at it and say, the day after this deal goes into effect, I gotta figure out how I put Humpty-Dumpty together again.”

Kamala Harris, the attorney general of California: “This issue of truancy is a public safety issue, it is an economic issue, and I think we can solve it.”

(Previous quotes from our sources here.)