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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.

“I would only worry deeply if I was a mollusk,” Stephen Goff, who studies a contagious cancer found in shellfish.

“Time is your way of connecting to the universe. … Plus, people’s interest in time goes way up when they have a plane to catch,” Demetrios Matsakis, who runs the U.S. Naval Observatory’s time-by-phone service.

“I’m the ultimate perfectionist. When I don’t win, it’s my fault, because I have that opportunity. I have that talent,” Serena Williams, a champion tennis player.

“Let’s dispel with this fiction that Marco Rubio can be authentic,” —an Atlantic reader, on Rubio’s chance at an authentic presidential campaign.

(Previous quotes from our sources here)