Andy Clark / Reuters

“You get to know everyone by the way their butt looks,” —a member of the California Lichen Society, on searching the ground for specimens.

“If the elephant kills [me], the owner will not pay my family. It’s the same for me as for a chicken or a dog,” Kyaw, who handles elephants for a tour company in Thailand.

“As a police officer who has been walking the streets of Detroit for 16 years, I can tell you that citizens used to come up to us and shake their heads at us. Now they come up to us and shake our hands,” Michael Woody, a police sergeant.

(Previous quotes from our sources here)