Anna Quindlen

Anna Quindlen is an American journalist and opinion columnist whose New York Times column, Public and Private, won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1992.
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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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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.

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Or what about the statue in California currently said to be crying bloody tears? Why worry about the alleged weeping of a plaster effigy when so many actual human beings have reason to cry?

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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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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.

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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.

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When you leave college, there are thousands of people out there with the same degree you have; when you get a job, there will be thousands of people doing what you want to do for a living. But you are the only person alive who has sole custody of your life.

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A man who builds his own pedestal had better use strong cement.

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A finished person is a boring person.

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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.

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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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Think of life as a terminal illness, because, if you do, you will live it with joy and passion, as it ought to be lived.

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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.

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Look back, to slavery, to suffrage, to integration and one thing is clear. Fashions in bigotry come and go. The right thing lasts.

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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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Women are the glue that hold our day-to-day world together.

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I came to the realization that there were certain public issues that were most usefully dealt with within some sort of framework of at least my private beliefs, if not my private life.

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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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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.

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If you want something, it will elude you. If you do not want something, you will get ten of it in the mail.

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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.

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The victim mentality may be the last uncomplicated thing about life in America.

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If God had meant Harvard professors to appear in People magazine, She wouldn't have invented The New York Review of Books.

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I once wanted to be a personage. Now I am comfortable being a person.

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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.

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