The most memorable quotes in the Times Free Press for December 23-28.
"Nature has come up with way cooler stuff than we ever can."
— Leo Benetti-Longhini, a researcher at Jacobs Technology Inc. of Tullahoma, on its new, $1.4 billion contract with NASA and plans to study the wings of birds to learn how they fly
"A lot of people look up to him because of the way he acts now. It shows you no matter what happens, you can be happy and joyful with what you have."
— Teen Austin Gable, on his friend Austin Whitten, who was left without any feeling in his legs after a swimming accident in June
"I have little patience for people who are stupid, who don't take the opportunities that are in front of them. If you've got an opportunity to make your life better, then you should."
— Jaime Simonds, 17, on plans to graduate from high school and college despite being the mother of an almost 2-year-old son and essentially head of household for her mother and 10-year-old sister as well
"I think the job market is getting better, but it's still a buyer's market for employers."
— Geoff Dickenson, a 54-year-old Chattanoogan who has worked only part time during the past year, on unemployment in the region hitting a four-year low