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Anna Quindlen Quotes


35 Anna Quindlen quotes:



"Well, we tell our kids things like 'don't gossip' and then an hour later they hear us on the phone. Stuff like that."
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"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."
"I know the difference now between dedication and infatuation. That doesn't mean I don't still get an enormous kick out of infatuation;: the exciting ephemera, the punch in the stomach, the adrenaline to the heart."
"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."
"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 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."
"Ideas are like pizza dough, made to be tossed around."
"If you want something, it will elude you. If you do not want something, you will get ten of it in the mail."
"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 clearest explanation for the failure of any marriage is that the two people are incompatible; that is, that one is male and the other female."
"The greatest public health threat for many American women is the men they live with."
"The issue is privacy. Why is the decision by a woman to sleep with a man she has just met in a bar a private one, and the decision to sleep with the same man for $100 subject to criminal penalties?"
"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 a lot of talk now about metal detectors and gun control. Both are good things. But they are no more a solution than forks and spoons are a solution to world hunger."
"There is little premium in poetry in a world that thinks of Pound and Whitman as a weight and a sampler, not an Ezra, a Walt, a thing of beauty, a joy forever."
"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."
"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."



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