Anna Quindlen

Anna Quindlen – Even as we enumerate their…


“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?”
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Anna Quindlen – I realized that, while I…


“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.”
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Anna Quindlen – Children should have enough freedom…


“Children should have enough freedom to be themselves – once they’ve learned the rules.”
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Anna Quindlen – People always blame the girl…


“People always blame the girl she should have said no. A monosyllable, but conventional wisdom has always been that boys can’t manage it.”
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Anna Quindlen – Ideas are only lethal if…


“Ideas are only lethal if you suppress and don’t discuss them. Ignorance is not bliss, it’s stupid. Banning books shows you don’t trust your kids to think and you don’t trust yourself to be able to talk to them.”
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Anna Quindlen – After all those years as…


“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.'”
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Anna Quindlen – I would be most content…


“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.”
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Anna Quindlen – The clearest explanation for the…


“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.”
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Anna Quindlen – The thing that is really…


“The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.”
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Anna Quindlen – The greatest public health threat…


“The greatest public health threat for many American women is the men they live with.”
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