Anna Quindlen Quotes


35 Anna Quindlen quotes:



"But it's important, while we are supporting lessons in respecting others, to remember that many of our youngest kids need to learn to respect themselves. You learn your worth from the way you are treated."
"Ignorant free speech often works against the speaker. That is one of several reasons why it must be given rein instead of suppressed."
"The future is built on brains, not prom court, as most people can tell you after attending their high school reunion. But you'd never know it by talking to kids or listening to the messages they get from the culture and even from their schools."
"The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself."
"New York City has finally hired women to pick up the garbage, which makes sense to me, since, as I've discovered, a good bit of being a woman consists of picking up garbage."
"America is a country that seems forever to be toddler or teenager, at those two stages of human development characterized by conflict between autonomy and security."
"I will never understand people who think that the way to show their righteous opposition to sexual freedom is to write letters full of filthy words."
"I'm sure not afraid of success and I've learned not to be afraid of failure. The only thing I'm afraid of now is of being someone I don't like much."
"If God had meant Harvard professors to appear in People magazine, She wouldn't have invented The New York Review of Books."
"If I get the forty additional years statisticians say are likely coming to me, I could fit in at least one, maybe two new lifetimes. Sad that only one of those lifetimes can include being the mother of young children."
"People always blame the girl; she should have said no. A monosyllable, but conventional wisdom has always been that boys can't manage it."
"Somewhere between a third and a quarter of all people living in America today were born between 1946 and 1965 and if you think you're tired of hearing about us, you should try being one of us."
"There is something so settled and stodgy about turning a great romance into next of kin on an emergency room form, and something so soothing and special, too."
"A finished person is a boring person."
"Ideas are like pizza dough, made to be tossed around."
"In the family sandwich, the older people and the younger ones can recognize one another as the bread. Those in the middle are, for a time, the meat."
"The problem... is emblematic of what hasn't changed during the equal opportunity revolution of the last 20 years. Doors opened; opportunities evolved. Law, institutions, corporations moved forward. But many minds did not."
"There is only room in the lifeboat of your life for one, and you always choose yourself, and turn your parents into whatever it takes to keep you afloat."
"I would be the most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves."
"Women who marry early are often overly enamored of the kind of man who looks great in wedding pictures and passes the maid of honor his telephone number."



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