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Anna Quindlen Quote: “The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.”
Anna Quindlen Quote: “Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.”
Anna Quindlen Quote: “If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.”
Anna Quindlen Quote: “In books I have traveled, not only to other worlds, but into my own.”
Anna Quindlen Quote: “If an opportunity scares you, that’s God’s way of saying you should jump at it.”
Anna Quindlen Quote: “Life is made up of moments, small pieces of glittering mica in a long stretch of gray cement.”
Anna Quindlen Quote: “Figuring out who you are is the whole point of the human experience.”
Anna Quindlen Quote: “In books I have traveled, not only to other worlds but into my own. I learned who I was and who I wanted to be, what I might aspire to, and what I might dare to dream about my world and myself.”
Anna Quindlen Quote: “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.”
Anna Quindlen Quote: “After all those years as a woman hearing ‘not thin enough, not pretty enough, not smart enough, not this enough, not that enough,’ almost overnight I woke up one morning and thought, ‘I’m enough.’”
Anna Quindlen Quote: “Ideas are like pizza dough, made to be tossed around.”
Anna Quindlen Quote: “I learned to love the journey, not the destination. I learned that this is not a dress rehersal, and that today is the only guarantee you get.”
Anna Quindlen Quote: “The voices of conformity speak so loudly. Don’t listen to them. No one does the right thing out of fear. If you ever utter the words, ‘We’ve always done it that way,’ I urge you to wash out your mouth with soap.”
Anna Quindlen Quote: “The victim mentality may be the last uncomplicated thing about life in America.”
Anna Quindlen Quote: “Life is not so much about beginnings and endings as it is about going on and on and on. It is about muddling through the middle.”
Anna Quindlen Quote: “Stereotypes fall in the face of humanity. We human beings are best understood one at a time.”
Anna Quindlen Quote: “Grief remains one of the few things that has the power to silence us.”
Anna Quindlen Quote: “The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.”
Anna Quindlen Quote: “Get a life. A real life. Not a manic pursuit of the next promotion, the bigger paycheck, the larger house.”
Anna Quindlen Quote: “When you really want to say no, say no. You can’t do everything – or at least not well.”
Anna Quindlen Quote: “When men do the dishes, it’s called helping. When women do the dishes, it is called life.”
Anna Quindlen Quote: “I’ve been a feminist since I was a teenager, but originally it was because I wanted to make the world a better place for me.”
Anna Quindlen Quote: “A man who builds his own pedestal had better use strong cement.”
Anna Quindlen Quote: “Here is one of the worst things about having someone you love die: It happens again every single morning.”
Anna Quindlen Quote: “Life is so messy that the temptation to straighten it up is very strong. And the results always illusory.”
Anna Quindlen Quote: “It would take a helluva man to replace no man at all.”
Anna Quindlen Quote: “We read in bed because reading is halfway between life and dreaming, our own consciousness in someone else’s mind.”
Anna Quindlen Quote: “If you raise an intelligent girl she will become a feminist because of the facts of her own life. Raising feminist boys is more difficult. Raising egalitarian boys. One of the reasons you have to raise them that way is because it’s better for them.”
Anna Quindlen Quote: “There’s no greater happiness than doing something every day that you love, that you feel you do in a satisfactory fashion, and which both supports and gives you time to support your family. I felt so lucky to have all that.”
Anna Quindlen Quote: “I am an affirmative action hire.”
Anna Quindlen Quote: “Adolescence is a tough time for parent and child alike. It is a time between: between childhood and maturity, between parental protection and personal responsibility, between life stage- managed by grown-ups and life privately held.”
Anna Quindlen Quote: “In life, the classroom is everywhere. The exam comes at the very end.”
Anna Quindlen Quote: “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.”
Anna Quindlen Quote: “I was doing the family grocery shopping accompanied by two children, an event I hope to see included in the Olympics in the near future.”
Anna Quindlen Quote: “Don’t ever confuse the two, your life and your work. The second is only part of the first.”
Anna Quindlen Quote: “Ignorant free speech often works against the speaker. That is one of several reasons why it must be given rein instead of suppressed.”
Anna Quindlen Quote: “In a democratic society, the only treason is silence.”
Anna Quindlen Quote: “The greatest public health threat for many American women is the men they live with.”
Anna Quindlen Quote: “Today is the only guarantee you get.”
Anna Quindlen Quote: “Socialized medicine, some still cry, but it’s long been socialized, with those covered paying for those who are underinsured. American medicine is simply socialized badly, penny wise and pound foolish.”
Anna Quindlen Quote: “Fashions in bigotry come and go. The right thing lasts.”
Anna Quindlen Quote: “You write to suit some sense in yourself and trust that that will resonate with a certain wider readership.”
Anna Quindlen Quote: “Ask any woman how she makes it through the day, and she may mention her calendar, her to-do lists, her babysitter. But if you push her on how she really makes it through her day, she will mention her girlfriends.”
Anna Quindlen Quote: “If men got pregnant, there would be safe, reliable methods of birth control. They’d be inexpensive, too.”
Anna Quindlen Quote: “Keeping kids safe is sometimes a delusion. The world is a perilous place. Sometimes the kitchen is a perilous place.”
Anna Quindlen Quote: “Ignorance is death. A closed mind is a catafalque.”
Anna Quindlen Quote: “A life of unremitting caution, without the carefree – or even, occasionally, the careless – may turn out to be half a life.”
Anna Quindlen Quote: “People always blame the girl; she should have said no. A monosyllable, but conventional wisdom has always been that boys can’t manage it.”
Anna Quindlen Quote: “All the things we don’t say, all the words we swallow, and it makes nothing but trouble.”
Anna Quindlen Quote: “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.”
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