Anna Quindlen Quotes

35 Anna Quindlen quotes:

"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."
"I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves."
"The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself."
"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."
"I read and walked for miles at night along the beach, writing bad blank verse and searching endlessly for someone wonderful who would step out of the darkness and change my life. It never crossed my mind that that person could be me."
"A finished person is a boring person."
"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."
"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."
"Even as we enumerate their shortcomings, the rigor of raising children ourselves makes clear to us our mothers' incredible strength. We fear both. If they are not strong, who will protect us? If they are not imperfect, how can we equal them?"
"I once wanted to be a personage. Now I am comfortable being a person."
"I realized that, while I would never be my mother nor have her life, the lesson she had left me was that it was possible to love and care for a man and still have at your core a strength so great that you never even needed to put it on display."
"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."
"Ideas are like pizza dough, made to be tossed around."
"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."
"If you want something, it will elude you. If you do not want something, you will get ten of it in the mail."
"Ignorant free speech often works against the speaker. That is one of several reasons why it must be given rein instead of suppressed."

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