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

“Marry a cactus,”—the advice Phoebe Danziger got for balancing family life with her medical career

“Has anyone before come out to your house and asked why your child isn’t coming to school? Nine out of 10 times the answer is no,”Lisa Harper, a parent specialist

“Sometimes my brain accounts for the fact that I don’t hear. Like if I stomp my foot with my implants off, then my brain kind of makes a sound for it,”—Jessica Jafet’s son, who received a cochlear implant as a baby

(Previous quotes from our sources here)