The first one was "If I had been the Virgin Mary, I would have said "No." ~Margaret "Stevie" Smith." First off, I didn't have any idea who this person is... she is a British poet who has sunk into historical obscurity. This really is an arrogant position... it is not her decision to make. Jesus didn't pick you, Jesus, when He picked Mary knew of all the women that wouldn't accept Him. Jesus picked His mother and gave her gifts before she picked him. This doesn't deny her free choice, it just shows that God is not bound by time. Also, we should all imitate the servitude of Mary and the acceptance of Jesus into our lives... even if not in the same way Mary did. It is an insult to the Catholic Church (and all Christians) to say that Jesus's conception was undesirable!
The other quote is by Annie Dillard, who I had to read in High School: