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

Here are the best quotes we heard from our sources today. (Click through to read the full stories.)

Margaret Anne McManus, who studies plankton (pictured above) at the University of Hawaii:“I suppose, from the viewpoint of a dinoflagellate, it might be cruel to be sealed up in a lamp.”

Joe Williams, who runs the welding program at a Philadelphia high school:“You’ll have a 17-year-old graduating making $45,000 or $50,000 a year as opposed to working for a fast food company, flipping burgers.”

Gabriel Mott, who runs a company that breeds edible crickets: “I used to be bothered by having spider bits all over my hand, but I very quickly got used to that.”

(Previous quotes from our sources here.)