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Anna Quindlen Quotes & Quotations
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    All parents should be aware that when they mock or curse gay people, they may be mocking or cursing their own child. Anna-QuindlenAnna Quindlen
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    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. Anna-QuindlenAnna Quindlen
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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. Anna-QuindlenAnna Quindlen
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    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? Anna-QuindlenAnna Quindlen
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    Here is the real domino theory - gay man to gay man, bisexual man to straight woman, addict mother to newborn baby, they all fall down and someday it will come to you. Anna-QuindlenAnna Quindlen
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    I once wanted to be a personage. Now I am comfortable being a person. Anna-QuindlenAnna Quindlen
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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. Anna-QuindlenAnna Quindlen
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    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. Anna-QuindlenAnna Quindlen
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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. Anna-QuindlenAnna Quindlen
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    I would even go to Washington, which is saying something for me, just to glimpse Jane Q. Public, being sworn in as the first female president of the United States, while her husband holds the Bible and wears a silly pill box hat and matching coat. Anna-QuindlenAnna Quindlen
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    Ideas are like pizza dough, made to be tossed around. Anna-QuindlenAnna Quindlen
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    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. Anna-QuindlenAnna Quindlen
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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. Anna-QuindlenAnna Quindlen
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    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. Anna-QuindlenAnna Quindlen
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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. Anna-QuindlenAnna Quindlen
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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. Anna-QuindlenAnna Quindlen
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    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. Anna-QuindlenAnna Quindlen
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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. Anna-QuindlenAnna Quindlen
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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. Anna-QuindlenAnna Quindlen
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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. Anna-QuindlenAnna Quindlen
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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. Anna-Quindlen/">Anna Quindlen
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    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/">Anna Quindlen
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    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? Anna-Quindlen/">Anna Quindlen
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    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. Anna-Quindlen/">Anna Quindlen
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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. Anna-Quindlen/">Anna Quindlen
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    The victim mentality may be the last uncomplicated thing about life in America. Anna-Quindlen/">Anna Quindlen
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    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. Anna-Quindlen/">Anna Quindlen
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    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. Anna-Quindlen/">Anna Quindlen
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    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. Anna-Quindlen/">Anna Quindlen