Quoted: The Uphill Battles Edition

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

“Nobody ever said, ‘Hey, where do I find a cult in the yellow pages? How can I join?’” Daniel Shaw, a psychotherapist and former cult member.

“It makes cancelling Comcast look like the simplest thing in the world,” Victor Echevarria, who co-founded an app to help people dispute medical billing errors.

“What we do at CIA is to look at a country’s capabilities, look at their intent, look at things that they have done in the past, and determine whether something that certainly looks like a duck, smells like a duck, and flies like a duck [is] a duck or not,” John Brennan, director of the CIA, on investigating Russian cyberattacks.

“So I watched the whole debate and I have to say, Republicans were right. Hillary just murdered someone on live television and she’s not going to lose any voters,” —an Atlantic reader, on the first presidential debate.

“Listen, he’s dead-even with Clinton, and she’s gone out and spent hundreds of millions of dollars, and he’s spent diddly-shit so far. So you tell me what spending means,” Carl Paladino, the co-chair of Donald Trump’s New York campaign.

“Everything fucking gives me joy!” Marnie, a self-identified hoarder, on why she can’t throw things away. For a reader discussion about keeping stuff, go here.