Quoted: The Out-in-the-Open Edition

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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.

“This is not a man who seems willing or able to spend $1 billion of his own money on anything—the losses had to come from some sort of financial manipulation, and we don’t know what it is,” Edward McCaffery, a law professor, on the $916 million loss in Donald Trump’s 1995 tax returns.

“As a general rule, Americans have a hard time with the idea that bad things happen to good people,” Sherry Hamby, a psychology professor.

“If you care what people think, you’ll do what I used to do: hide.” Nell Zink, a novelist. Read a review of her latest book here.

“Children are like emotional geiger counters,”E. Mark Cummings, who studies how marital discord affects kids.

“What took ’em so long?” —an Atlantic reader, on the magazine’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton against Donald Trump.

“When you come across a python, you want to get it out in the open. You want to make sure you know what you’re dealing with,” —what Jenny Novak, a wildlife biologist in Florida, tells people when she’s teaching them to capture invasive pythons.