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

“See what I’ll do to get elected?”—Bernie Sanders, Democratic presidential candidate, on being photographed while holding a stuffed dinosaur.

You’ll do anything when you’re trying to get elected!”Chris Christie, Republican presidential candidate, on being photographed while holding the same stuffed dinosaur.

“They always reminded me of a deep-throated jazz musician. It’s all very deep and loud and constantly changing,” —Claire Spottiswoode, who studies songbirds, on great reed warblers.

“Hindsight is 20/20. But Rand is an ophthalmologist.”—a Republican consultant on the end of Rand Paul’s presidential bid.

(Previous quotes from our sources here)