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Mary Roach

  • Wisdom comes with age, but keep it to yourself.

    • Mary Roach,
    • in Reader's Digest ()
  • The way I see it, being dead is not terribly far off from being on a cruise ship. Most of your time is spent lying on your back. The brain has shut down. The flesh begins to soften. Nothing much new happens, and nothing is expected of you.

  • Life contains these things: leakage and wickage and discharge, pus and snot and slime and gleet. We are biology. We are reminded of this at the beginning and the end, at birth and at death. In between we do what we can to forget.

  • All good research — whether for science or for a book — is a form of obsession.

  • Hormones are nature's three bottles of beer.

Mary Roach, U.S. writer

(1959)