Favorite Quotes

Superhero scientists:

“We all know the real powerhouse of the cell is the endoplasmic reticulum” –Dillon King

“The mitochondrial genome is WOEFULLY INSUFFICIENT” –Dillon King (or was it?)

“Joel, you inspire me not to care.” (…about dressing fashionably) –Claudia González-Hunt

“Thank God my parents were atheists.” –Charu Anbalagan

“That was sarcasm.” –Laura Maurer (everyday, about almost everything)

“I do not understand what you said.” (in response to Rich Di Giulio’s seminar question) –Siri

“If they want my pee, I will give it to them for $10 and a water bottle.” -(guess who?) (what is the pee p value?)

“Assumptions: like hypotheses in a conversation.” –Laura Maurer

“So Derek, when are you going to wear a Duke tee shirt?” –Dan
“Oh no! No. We don’t do Duke.” –Derek, 4, in his UNC tee shirt

“Ask not what chemicals can do to worms; ask what worms can do to chemicals!” – Maxwell Leung

“Be quiet, or I will not be able to control my emotions!” – Candy Yang, while telling the story of the “compressed fat”


“If the result confirms the hypothesis, then you’ve made a measurement. If the result is contrary to the hypothesis, then you’ve made a discovery.” – Enrico Fermi

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – Dumbledore

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.” – Plutarch

“Nothing can stop a good scientist.” – Dr. E.L. Brown (Back to the Future III)

“Anything worth doing well is worth doing poorly at first.” – unknown

“The great aim of education is not knowledge, but action.” – Herbert Spencer