— Bill Hayes, Five Quarts: A Personal and Natural History of Blood
"We’re born in blood. Our family histories are contained in it, our bodies nourished by it daily. Five quarts run through each of us, on average, along some sixty thousand miles of arteries, veins and capillaries… With the first having nick or menstrual period, blood initiates us into adulthood. It makes us blush, bruise, and go pale. It may leave a trace when a woman’s virginity is lost, and a drenching while giving birth. Blood is used to describe a range of emotions: it quickens, races, boils, curdles, runs cold, and sizzles, hot-blooded, under the skin."