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

“I happen to have watched a lot of movies in my life and suddenly I think maybe that wasn’t such a waste of my time,” Sally Warring, who films pond scum (above) through a microscope.

“It feels like I'm naked or something without being constantly updated on what’s going on,” —Emma Gingerich, who grew up Amish, on technology.

“I always say to myself: ‘That’s a problem for future Jason,’” —Jason Dela Cruz, a college student, on how he avoids worrying.

(Previous quotes from our sources here)