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“No circumstance in the natural world is more inexplicable than the diversity of form and color in the human race.”
“... I was always supposed to be at home when friends and acquaintances came out to see me; it would have been unkind not to receive them. Nevertheless, I was sometimes annoyed when in the midst of a difficult [mathematical] problem someone would enter and say 'I have come to spend a few hours with you.'”
Mary Somerville, Scottish polymath, science writer
(1788 - 1872)
Full name: Mary Fairfax Greig Somerville.