Quoted: The First-Impressions Edition

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

“School segregation is so bad [in Washington, D.C.] that you literally can tell what school kids are going to based on what color they are,” Natalie Hopkinson, a D.C. parent and journalist.

“A lot of people who are on the outside picture sororities at every school, including Princeton, as just craft-making, hand-clapping, hair-braiding types of groups,” Devon Naftzger, an investment-banking analyst and former CEO of a Princeton sorority chapter.

“Frankly, in the beginning, we thought we wouldn’t find anything and that it was probably a waste of time,” Naci Mocan, an economics professor, on a study of how college football scores affect judicial decisions—in which he found that judges issue harsher sentences after disappointing losses.

“It’s like a game of bacterial whack-a-mole. We hit them with bigger and bigger hammers, and they wear better and better hats,” Michael Baym, a biologist, on how bacteria evolve to resist antibiotics.

People need to stop talking about this and start saying ‘the next industrial revolution could release humanity’s full creative potential,’”an Atlantic reader, on the prediction that the next industrial revolution could put millions out of work.

“The chemicals in your brain learn what it feels like to have sex, and they want to have sex again. So it’s best to not have it at all,” Misty Stewart, a sex-education instructor in Odessa, Texas.