Science Feminist: Quote of the Week #19

Another week – another quote I found  from the absolutely amazing illustrated book Women in Science by Rachel Ignotofsky!

This is one quote that’s hard to live by, but the person behind it really did.

Rita Levi-Montalcini was a nobel prize winning jewish nevrobiologist, who became 103 years old. She won the nobel prize for research in nerve growth and understanding of the development of the nervous system, by studying embryos. There were a lot of odds against her, being italian under Mousselini, jewish and surviving two world wars, not to mention being a woman. She was a feminist very adamantly straying from the expected path of marriage and family, choosing to go to university and becoming a pioneer in science and medicine. To which she says she was never lonely or had regrets about.

She had to withdraw from university in Italy as anti-semitism grew, established a laboratory in her bedroom and when bombs fell she would bring her research to the safety of the basement. When she and her family had to go in hiding during the Holocaust, she got some eggs and continued studying the nerve tissues of the embryo, which eventually led to her prize winning theories. The stories of this woman and those like her never cease to amaze me in their persistence. And how little I know of them before I look, which “women in science” gives a great starting point of.

Norse Mythology | Quote of the Week #17

This week’s quote is in honor of the sun disappearing for the next five months. Guess where I live? Westcoast of Norway, in a valley where I cannot believe people still live in the winter months as the mountains are too tall for the few sunbeams there are in the winter to reach us. (I love this place, promise.) My grandmother, who was Sami from the nothern part of the country – where there’s no sun for half the year, and always sun for the other half – would complain about it constantly and that makes me smile.

One branch of my family has lived in this place for generations. They were smarter than us though – they settled on the other side of the freaking fjord (water), on a mountain farm with few neighbours where they had to use boat to get anywhere, but guess what they had? SUN.

Also I liked this retelling of norse mythology by Neil Gaiman, even if it was a lot of things I knew already, here’s my review.

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Quote of the Week #14

Here’s this week’s quote –


This book “Kafka on the shore” (full review here) is really quotable, on top of just being amazing magical realism and so surreal and beautifully written. It truly both made me understand and more confused at the same time about what magical realism can be. This quote in particular really rings true to me. Most likely whatever you need won’t turn out the way you imagined, whatever you’re searching for won’t fit the expectation you built for it. Don’t limit yourself in your search and you might find it sooner. At least I hope so. 

Quote of the Week #13

It’s time for the quote of the week, where I ramble about things.

I like this quote, even though it might not be correct in all cases always. It’s something to consider deeply though. Along the same lines of do not judge others harshly if you make the same mistake. Without going into what is true, I think it’s important to admit your own faults, fears and good sides. Or you’ll always project insecurities onto others, without truly realizing.

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A friend had some drama today. I do not know the complete truth about myself, but I do know more than the people who enlarge other’s flaws to look better themselves. People, just don’t be assholes, even if you don’t match personality-wise with someone. If you leave out psychopaths, there’s few people who are good or bad, like black and white. Sometimes I just truly hoped empathy would be more encouraged, instead of having one’s own ego and pride at the center.

Quote of the Week #11

It’s time for the quote of the week. I want to read more poetry again, especially since I’m planning of having a calm and productive weekend. Unlike the last one, where I was dancing until 4am and had a lot of fun, but also can notice how it wears down my chronically ill body afterwards. This weekend is comprised of tea and baking and studying and hopefully poetry. And I won’t feel bad about any of it, that’s the plan at least. So. Over to the quote, and how I weirdly relate to it.


It’s from one of Anne Sexton’s letters to Stanley Kunitz. I’ve been struggling physically and mentally this week. I should be better, I expect to be better. People have told me I’m tough often this past two weeks, past two months even. I needed it to be said before, I’m somehow past that point now. What I need is someone to tell me I don’t need to be tough anymore, and for it to be true. “You’re tough, you’ve made it this far”. Yes, but I won’t be able to keep it up. The thing about surviving is that you do it until you don’t, and then it’s too late. So instead of going deep into that, comparing myself to a cooked broccoli is what I am going to do at least once next week. That’s a goal if I’ve ever heard one. Hope your week was great and if you have any thoughts on this let me know.

Into The Wild? | Quote of the Week #9

It’s time of the quote of the week, the post with me rambling and trying to figure out my life. That wasn’t it… Where I present a quote?

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Sometimes quotes sounds inspirational, and then you hopefully realize how wrong or destructive they can be. This one was either said or highlighted in a book by a guy who went into the wild, survived for a long time, before dying of starvation. Well most likely, it’s debetable (it could be disease, it could be other theories- read the book). Even knowing that, this quote still hangs on to me. Christopher Johnson McCandless was a young person, seemingly with a lot of ideas and conflicts inside him. I don’t understand people who read this book and can’t imagine what would make a well-off recently graduated college guy try to escape materialism and the average workday and a life that so many people feel bound to their whole adult life. Hell, I consider running off into the wild regularly. Sometimes more seriously than others. Christopher took a too big of a risk in the end, but his determination and the dicipline he must’ve had to pull his journey off should be able to be admired. He seems like someone who was human, who had problems with something in the society he was a part of and decided to test himself, to go on an adventure.

Quote of the Week #6

This week let’s make it two quotes, from the same book “The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman. This week’s quotes is brought to you by me travelling, to my childhood city this summer and I do not agree with the first quote. Once I did, but your surroundings has a lot to say, and your ability to influence them. In my old city I was unhappy, for reasons outside of my ability of control. I brought some of these reasons to the new city, I also gathered a few new ones, but the worst ones were left behind. Was it right to move? Who the fuck knows, but that’s something you could say about most decisions in life. So I included the second quote to balance it out a bit, “leave no path untaken” sounds lovely, but doesn’t really exist either does it? With every choice you make there’s A LOT of paths untaken, but you know- sometimes you got to try different paths just to see where they lead you. 

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Quote of the Week #5

It’s time for the quote of the week (as it hasn’t been happening the last few weeks)! If I remember correctly, these got darker and darker as my physical health declined, so this week were starting up light again.

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Okay, this is true. But I’m a student and when I have to study for a test, especially in a subject I don’t like such as geography (ugh), I will carry the textbook with me. Closed, as if I could gain the information by osmosis. It will end up in my bed next to my pillow, eat dinner with me, watch tv with me. I am carrying the damn book just because I am anxious. This has blown up in my face once or twice as I feel like I’ve read more than I really have, as I had the book on me this whole time, but didn’t actually study. More often than not though it will remind me to revise and remember information.

A couple days ago I was also at the library I grew up with, the first time in a year. And I had such a good time, reading books about anxiety as well as herbs. I ended up struggling to carry these six thick books through the whole city, with a ripped plastic bag draped over them to seem a bit more casual. Met my chilhood friend on the way and she was like “have you been shopping?”, I was like “the library” and she seemed very pleased of this proof that I had not changed much. I was too.