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Anna Quindlen Sayings: I only really understand myself, what I'm really thinking and feelings, when I've talked it I only really understand myself, what I'm really thinking and feelings, when I've talked it over with my circle of female friends. When days go by without that connection, I feel like a radio playing in an empty room.
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Anna Quindlen Sayings: It's an odd kind of feeling because it sort of reminds me of being five It's an odd kind of feeling because it sort of reminds me of being five again. When you're a five-year-old, you don't pay any attention to what anyone thinks of you. You just sort of are in your skin.
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Anna Quindlen Sayings: Life is so messy that the temptation to straighten it up is very strong. And Life is so messy that the temptation to straighten it up is very strong. And the results always illusory.
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Anna Quindlen Sayings: For many years, despite what I thought were really punitive decisions about women in the For many years, despite what I thought were really punitive decisions about women in the church, I stayed and stayed and stayed. I kept saying to myself, "The Catholic church is my church, and by God, I'm going to stay here, despite what the hierarchy does."
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Anna Quindlen Sayings: She say guilt is a useless emotion.""Oh, please," says Nancy. "Guilt is what separates humans She say guilt is a useless emotion."
"Oh, please," says Nancy. "Guilt is what separates humans from animals.
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Anna Quindlen Sayings: People who wish to salute the free and independent side of their evolutionary character acquire People who wish to salute the free and independent side of their evolutionary character acquire cats. People who wish to pay homage to their servile and salivating roots own dogs.
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Anna Quindlen Sayings: I know who we are, and how we got that way. We are writers. We I know who we are, and how we got that way. We are writers. We danced with the words, as children, in what became familiar patterns. The words became our friends and our companions, and without even saying it aloud, a thought danced with them: I can do this. This is who I am.
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Anna Quindlen Sayings: Writing seems to be the only profession people imagine you can do by thinking about Writing seems to be the only profession people imagine you can do by thinking about doing it.
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Anna Quindlen Sayings: I do get a sense that there's a huge disconnect between the political powers and I do get a sense that there's a huge disconnect between the political powers and what's really happening, so right-wing conservatives can talk about contraception all they want, but the women of America are using birth control. It's as simple as that.
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Anna Quindlen Sayings: All of the qualities that you need to be a good opinion columnist tend to All of the qualities that you need to be a good opinion columnist tend to be qualities that aren't valued in women.
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Anna Quindlen Sayings: A safety net of small white lies can be the bedrock of a successful marriage. A safety net of small white lies can be the bedrock of a successful marriage. You wouldn't believe how cheaply I can do a kitchen renovation.
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Anna Quindlen Sayings: When someone asks you where you come from, the answer is your mother...When your mother's When someone asks you where you come from, the answer is your mother...When your mother's gone, you've lost your past. It's so much more than love. Even when there's no love, it's so much more than anything else in your life. I did love my mother, but I didn't know how much until she was gone.
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Anna Quindlen Sayings: I have a cat, the pet that ranks just above a throw pillow in terms I have a cat, the pet that ranks just above a throw pillow in terms of required responsibility.
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Anna Quindlen Sayings: What we call things matters ... The words we use, and how we perceive those What we call things matters ... The words we use, and how we perceive those words, reflect how we value, or devalue, people, places, and things.
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Anna Quindlen Sayings: New York is a city where it's particularly hard to be poor, not only because New York is a city where it's particularly hard to be poor, not only because everything costs twice as much as it does elsewhere but because over-the-top affluence is part of its identity.
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Anna Quindlen Sayings: In books I have traveled, not only to other worlds, but into my own. In books I have traveled, not only to other worlds, but into my own.
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Anna Quindlen Sayings: Life is not so much about beginnings and endings as it is about going on 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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Anna Quindlen Sayings: For the young the days go fast and the years go slow; for the old For the young the days go fast and the years go slow; for the old the days go slow and the years go fast.
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Anna Quindlen Sayings: If you want to write what the world is about, you have to write details If you want to write what the world is about, you have to write details ... real life is in the dishes. Real life is pushing strollers up the street, folding T-shirts, the alarm clock going off early and you dropping into bed exhausted every night. That's real life.
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Anna Quindlen Sayings: Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.
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Anna Quindlen Sayings: One of the most important parts of tending our friendships is working our way, over One of the most important parts of tending our friendships is working our way, over time, into the kind of friendships that can support cataclysm, friendships that are able to move from the office or the playground to hospital rooms and funerals. Some of my married friends are widows now, and some are single, and some have lost parents and had kids who were lost to them for awhile. And even those of us who so far have been relatively unscathed know how important the bonds of love are, how they make a net so we don't hit the ground when we fall from the wire.
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Anna Quindlen Sayings: It had turned out that climbing a tree was more difficult than it looked. It It had turned out that climbing a tree was more difficult than it looked. It was harder than warrior pose in yoga, than teaser in Pilates, than the elliptical or the Reformer. Rebecca thought that if no one had thought of it yet, soon enough someone in the city would spearhead a craze for tree climbing in Central and Prospect Parks, and it would become the talk of every cocktail party: have you tried that large oak by the Sheep Meadow? Oh, it's completely changed my body.
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Anna Quindlen Sayings: I've finally recognized my body for what it is: a personality-delivery system, designed expressly to I've finally recognized my body for what it is: a personality-delivery system, designed expressly to carry my character from place to place, now and in the years to come.
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Anna Quindlen Sayings: It sounded so promising. As if this would be the day. The day to ride It sounded so promising. As if this would be the day. The day to ride a bike without training wheels. To make it through the afternoon without a stained blouse and a scolding. To persuade the girl next door to like me. To meet a man. To make a mint. To prosper. To love. To live fearlessly.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: Perhaps it was that I wanted to see what I had learned, what I had Perhaps it was that I wanted to see what I had learned, what I had read, what I had imagined, that I would never be able to see the city of London without seeing it through the overarching scrim of every description of it I had read before. When I turn the corner into a small, quiet, leafy square, am I really seeing it fresh, or am I both looking and remembering? [ ... ]
This is both the beauty and excitement of London, and its cross to bear, too. There is a tendency for visitors to turn the place into a theme park, the Disney World of social class, innate dignity, crooked streets, and grand houses, with a cavalcade of monarchs as varied and cartoony as Mickey Mouse, Snow White, and, at least in the opinion of various Briths broadhseets, Goofy.
They come, not to see what London is, or even what it was, but to confirm a kind of picture-postcard view of both, all red telephone kiosks and fog-wreathed alleyways.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: When an actress takes off her clothes onscreen but a nursing mother is told to When an actress takes off her clothes onscreen but a nursing mother is told to leave, what message do we send about the roles of women? In some ways we're as committed to the old madonna-whore dichotomy as ever. And the Madonna stays home, feeding the baby behind the blinds, a vestige of those days when for a lady to venture out was a flagrant act of public exposure.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: A man who builds his own pedestal had better use strong cement. A man who builds his own pedestal had better use strong cement.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: It is the only time I can rest without sleeping, think without deciding, speak and It is the only time I can rest without sleeping, think without deciding, speak and hear my own voice. It is the only time I can be alone. Slightly less than an hour each weekday when no one makes demands.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: How is it that, a full two centuries after Jane Austen finished her manuscript, we How is it that, a full two centuries after Jane Austen finished her manuscript, we come to the world of Pride and Prejudice and find ourselves transcending customs, strictures, time, mores, to arrive at a place that educates, amuses, and enthralls us? It is a miracle. We read in bed because reading is halfway between life and dreaming, our own consciousness in someone else's mind.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: Hospitals are a little like the beach. The next wave comes in, and the footprints Hospitals are a little like the beach. The next wave comes in, and the footprints of your pain and suffering, your delivery and recovery, are obliterated ...
Anna Quindlen Sayings: Recently a young mother asked for advice. What, she wanted to know, was she to Recently a young mother asked for advice. What, she wanted to know, was she to do with a 7-year-old who was obstreperous, outspoken, and inconveniently willful? "Keep her," I replied ... The suffragettes refused to be polite in demanding what they wanted or grateful for getting what they deserved. Works for me.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: When I'm falling, my girlfriends are my soft landing. When I'm falling, my girlfriends are my soft landing.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: The absence on the panel of anyone who could become pregnant accidentally or discover her The absence on the panel of anyone who could become pregnant accidentally or discover her salary was five thousand dollars a yearless than that of her male counterpart meant there was a hole in the consciousness of the committee that empathy, however welcome, could not entirely fill.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: What I expect from my male friends is that they are polite and clean. What What I expect from my male friends is that they are polite and clean. What I expect from my female friends is unconditional love, the ability to finish my sentences for me when I am sobbing, a complete and total willingness to pour their hearts out to me, and the ability to tell me why the meat thermometer isn't supposed to touch the bone.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: ...the world is full of peculiar ...the world is full of peculiar
Anna Quindlen Sayings: The next day, eating a turkey sandwich with salt and mayonnaise, Rebecca decided Thanksgiving was The next day, eating a turkey sandwich with salt and mayonnaise, Rebecca decided Thanksgiving was the best holiday, although she had little to choose from: her family never celebrated Hanukkah but her father was militant about ignoring Christmas and insisted they spend December 25 eating Chinese takeout and going to the movies.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: Karma is a boomerang and a bitch. Karma is a boomerang and a bitch.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: I mark my years or parenting by the people who stepped in and forced me I mark my years or parenting by the people who stepped in and forced me to abandon my inclination to meddle, micromanage, and coddle, beginning with my children's father, who sat me down and told me in year two that I was going to create a little monster if I continuted to act as though "no" and "I don't love you" were synonomous.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: Frankly, I'm mainly telling the story to myself. Thinking about audience is too daunting, and Frankly, I'm mainly telling the story to myself. Thinking about audience is too daunting, and worst case, invites you to homogenize, to soften the hard edges of things.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: Every story has already been told. Once you've read Anna Karenina, Bleak House, The Sound Every story has already been told. Once you've read Anna Karenina, Bleak House, The Sound and the Fury, To Kill a Mockingbird and A Wrinkle in Time, you understand that there is really no reason to ever write another novel. Except that each writer brings to the table, if she will let herself, something that no one else in the history of time has ever had.
[Commencement Speech; Mount Holyoke College, May 23, 1999]
Anna Quindlen Sayings: I got a fortune cookie that said, "To remember is to understand." I have never I got a fortune cookie that said, "To remember is to understand." I have never forgotten it. A good judge remembers what it was like to be a lawyer. A good editor remembers being a writer. A good parent remembers what it was like to be a child.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: A loose end - that's what we woman call it, when we are overwhelmed by A loose end - that's what we woman call it, when we are overwhelmed by the care of small children, the weight of small tasks, a life in which we fall into bed at the end of the day exhausted from being all things to all people.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: When you leave college, there are thousands of people out there with the same degree 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.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: Anyone who has breast-fed knows two things for sure: The baby wants to be fed Anyone who has breast-fed knows two things for sure: The baby wants to be fed at the most inopportune times, in the most inopportune places, and the baby will prevail ... And so the baby should, and the mom, too. Sometimes a breast is a sexual object, and sometimes it's a food delivery system, and one need not preclude nor color the other.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: I hope readers will do what I do when I read a novel I like: I hope readers will do what I do when I read a novel I like: talk in ways that will illuminate their own lives.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: I was good with being alone, always liked it, but there's something about doing a I was good with being alone, always liked it, but there's something about doing a job alone that you've always done with someone else that just doesn't feel right. Maybe it's like making Christmas cookies by yourself. There's nothing wrong with it in theory, but you're really supposed to be doing it with other people, and not just any other people.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: At a certain age we learned to see right through it, and that age is At a certain age we learned to see right through it, and that age is now.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: It is the glory of London that it is always ending and beginning anew, and It is the glory of London that it is always ending and beginning anew, and that a visitor, with a good eye and indefatigable feet, will find in her travels all the Londons she has ever met in the pages of books, one atop the other, like the strata of the Earth.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: Obviously I was mistaken. Obviously I was mistaken.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: After my mother died, I had a feeling that was not unlike the homesickness that After my mother died, I had a feeling that was not unlike the homesickness that always filled me for the first few days when I went to stay at my grandparents' house, and even, I was stunned to discover, during the first few months of my freshman year at college. It was not really the home my mother had made that I yearned for. But I was sick in my soul for that greater meaning of home that we understand most purely when we are children, when it is a metaphor for all possible feelings of security, of safety, of what is predictable, gentle, and good in life.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: But never fear, gentlemen; castration was really not the point of feminism, and we women But never fear, gentlemen; castration was really not the point of feminism, and we women are too busy eviscerating one another to take you on.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: There is a little boy inside the man who is my brother ... Oh, how There is a little boy inside the man who is my brother ... Oh, how I hated that little boy. And how I love him too.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: Peter was easing up on seventy, an age when a man might be forgiven follicular Peter was easing up on seventy, an age when a man might be forgiven follicular failure. But Rebecca forgave him nothing. She told herself that this was not because he
Anna Quindlen Sayings: There's a certain kind of conversation you have from time to time at parties in There's a certain kind of conversation you have from time to time at parties in New York about a new book. The word "banal" sometimes rears its by-now banal head; you say "underedited," I say "derivative." The conversation goes around and around various literary criticisms, and by the time it moves on one thing is clear: No one read the book; we just read the reviews.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: Ideas are only lethal if you suppress and don't discuss them. Ignorance is not bliss, 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 Quindlen Sayings: Knowledge of our own mortality is the greatest gift God ever gives us. Knowledge of our own mortality is the greatest gift God ever gives us.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: Life is haphazard. We plan, and then we deal when the plans go awry. Control Life is haphazard. We plan, and then we deal when the plans go awry. Control is an illusion; best intentions are the best we can do.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: What had I expected of the first child? Everything. Rocket scientist. Neurosurgeon. Designated hitter. We What had I expected of the first child? Everything. Rocket scientist. Neurosurgeon. Designated hitter. We talked wisely at cocktail parties about the sad mistake our mothers had made in pinning all their hopes and dreams on us. We were full of it.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: My mother spoke, alive again inside my brain ... She spoke and I listened to My mother spoke, alive again inside my brain ... She spoke and I listened to her, because I was afraid if I didn't her voice would gradually fade away, an evanescent wraith of a thing that would narrow to a pinpoint of light and then go out, lost forever, like the Tinker Bell if no one clapped for her.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: You just can't tell or calibrate motive or intelligence or sense. So I don't read You just can't tell or calibrate motive or intelligence or sense. So I don't read anything unless someone tells me that it's really smart or illuminating. I don't read any reviews anymore and it's been really liberating.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: Someday, sometime, you will be sitting somewhere. A berm overlooking a pond in Vermont. The Someday, sometime, you will be sitting somewhere. A berm overlooking a pond in Vermont. The lip of the Grand Canyon at sunset. A seat on the subway. And something bad will have happened: You will have lost someone you loved, or failed at something at which you badly wanted to succeed. And sitting there, you will fall into the center of yourself. You will look for some core to sustain you. And if you have been perfect all your life and have managed to meet all the expectations of your family, your friends, your community, your society, chances are excellent that there will be a black hole where that core ought to be. I don't want anyone I know to take that terrible chance. And the only way to avoid it is to listen to that small voice inside you that tells you to make mischief, to have fun, to be contrarian, to go another way. George Eliot wrote, 'It is never too late to be what you might have been.' It is never too early, either.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: I know that it's very dispiriting for people in their twenties, who expected to graduate I know that it's very dispiriting for people in their twenties, who expected to graduate from college, get their own apartments, get a job, and move forward with their lives, and in fact are still now living with Mom and Dad, which is challenging for all involved.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: The lightning bugs are back. They fly low to the ground as the lawn dissolves The lightning bugs are back. They fly low to the ground as the lawn dissolves from green to black in the dusk. Seeing them, I can reconstruct a childhood: a hot night under tall trees; the Good Humor man, in his square white truck, the freezer smoky when he reaches inside for an ice cream.
The lightning bugs trapped in empty jars with holes on top. "Let them out," our mother said, "or they will die in there." We were careless. We always
forgot to open the jars. The bugs would be there in the morning, their yellow tails dim in the white light of the summer sun, pathetic as they lay on
their backs. We were always horrified by what we had done. As night fell we shook them out and caught more.
I relive the magic of the yellow light without the bright white of hindsight. The little flares in the darkness, a distillation of the kind of life we think we had, we wish we had, we want again.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: Reading is not simply an intellectual pursuit but an emotional and spiritual one. It lights Reading is not simply an intellectual pursuit but an emotional and spiritual one. It lights the candle in the hurricane lamp of self; that's why it survives.
[Turning the Page: The future of reading is backlit and bright, Newsweek Magazine, March 25, 2010]
Anna Quindlen Sayings: Control is a nice concept, little more. Control is a nice concept, little more.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: By the time you kill and mount what you catch, it has lost that very By the time you kill and mount what you catch, it has lost that very thing that made it worth having. I knew this only as a vague sense of disappointment at age 10; not until later did I recognize it as a metaphor for much of life.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: Fifty years ago, teachers said their top discipline problems were talking, chewing gum, making noise, Fifty years ago, teachers said their top discipline problems were talking, chewing gum, making noise, and running in the halls. The current list, by contrast, sounds like a cross between a rap sheet and the seven deadly sins.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: It is interesting to note how often a technological development - such as Gutenberg's - It is interesting to note how often a technological development - such as Gutenberg's - promotes rather than eliminates that which it is supposed to supersede.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: One day she had been out walking and she had wondered whether she had become One day she had been out walking and she had wondered whether she had become a different person in the last year, ... Then when she really thought about is she realized she'd been becoming different people for as long as she could remember but had never really noticed, or had put it down to moods, or marriage, or motherhood. The problem was that she'd thought that at a certain point she would be a finished product. Now she wasn't sure what that might be, especially when she considered how sure she had been about it at various times in the past, and how wrong she'd been.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: A week in the hospital she had told us. A hysterectomy, she had said. It A week in the hospital she had told us. A hysterectomy, she had said. It had seemed unremarkable to me in a woman of forty-six long finished with childbearing, although every day that I grow older I realize there is never anything unremarkable about losing any part of what makes you female - a breast, a womb, a child, a man.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: Now, a lot of people are challenged by the fact that a record number of Now, a lot of people are challenged by the fact that a record number of people in their sixties have living parents, and a record number of people in their sixties have kids who may still depend upon them.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: It was a puzzle to her, how eagerly she'd rushed into life when she was It was a puzzle to her, how eagerly she'd rushed into life when she was eighteen or twenty, and in what a desultory fashion it had dragged out ever since.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: While we pay lip service to the virtues of reading, the truth is that there While we pay lip service to the virtues of reading, the truth is that there is still in our culture something that suspects those who read too much, whatever reading too much means, of being lazy, aimless dreamers, people who need to grow up and come outside to where real life is, who think themselves superior in their separateness.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: Socialized medicine, some still cry, but it's long been socialized, with those covered paying for 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 Sayings: Whenever one of you guys says people deal with bad stuff in their own way, Whenever one of you guys says people deal with bad stuff in their own way, it means you don't deal with it at all. You just wait for it to go away. You don't help. You don't listen. You don't call. You don't write. WE deal with it in our own way. WE deal with it. We girls. We make the meals and clean up the messes and take the crap and listen to you talk about how you're dealing with it in your own way. What way? No way!
Anna Quindlen Sayings: You know what the opposite of 'rise and shine' is Bridge? 'Good night, and good You know what the opposite of 'rise and shine' is Bridge? 'Good night, and good luck.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: Maybe someday it will seem quaint that, during a time of plague, some of the Maybe someday it will seem quaint that, during a time of plague, some of the parents of the 1990s wanted to deny their children protection so that they could safeguard their own self- image. Or maybe we'll just seem like a bunch of lunatics.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: There are those of us who believe that under certain conditions the cruelest thing you There are those of us who believe that under certain conditions the cruelest thing you can do to people you love is to force them to live. There are those of us who define living not by whether the heart beats and the lungs lift but whether the spirit is there, whether the music box plays.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: Our ability to understand, to embrace, to help, to know, to feel and to love Our ability to understand, to embrace, to help, to know, to feel and to love is bounded only by our own emotional ambitions. The capacity to open ourselves up to one another is as huge as we dare to make it.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: Choose the kids. There will be plenty of time later to choose work. Choose the kids. There will be plenty of time later to choose work.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: Reading is another thing that has made me more human by exposing me to worlds Reading is another thing that has made me more human by exposing me to worlds I might never have entered and people I might never meet.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: Somewhere between a third and a quarter of all people living in America today were 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 Sayings: ...there is a piece of me missing so big that the pain doubles me over, ...there is a piece of me missing so big that the pain doubles me over, clawing at my gut...
Anna Quindlen Sayings: Oh, the loneliness, the loneliness. It lived inside her now like an illness, like a Oh, the loneliness, the loneliness. It lived inside her now like an illness, like a flu that could be ignored and then would suddenly overtake and overwhelm her.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: There is so much obligatory generosity to being a good mother, a good wife, a There is so much obligatory generosity to being a good mother, a good wife, a good friend. Solitude is an acceptable form of selfishness.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: Get a life in which you notice the smell of salt water pushing itself on Get a life in which you notice the smell of salt water pushing itself on a breeze over the dunes, a life in which you stop and watch how a red-tailed hawk circles over a pond and a stand of pines. Get a life in which you pay attention to the baby as she scowls with concentration when she tried to pick up a Cheerio with her thumb and first finger.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: Reading has always been life unwrapped to me, a way of understanding the world and Reading has always been life unwrapped to me, a way of understanding the world and understanding myself through both the unknown and the everyday. If being a parent consists often of passing along chunks of ourselves to unwitting-often unwilling-recipients, then books are, for me, one of the simplest and most sure-fire ways of doing that.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: The rituals surrounding vacations among Manhattan's wealthiest and best-connected citizens are strange and specific. By The rituals surrounding vacations among Manhattan's wealthiest and best-connected citizens are strange and specific. By vacations I don't mean country houses, which are part of the regular ebb and flow of life and which are frequently subjects for complaint - The kids never want to go! The caretaker missed the roof leak! The pipes froze! - as though having a six-thousand-square-foot, cedar-shingled cottage on five acres overlooking the ocean is nothing more or less than a constant test of character.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: Maybe crazy is just the word we use for feelings that will not be contained. Maybe crazy is just the word we use for feelings that will not be contained.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: It was easy to figure out how people ought to behave out in the world It was easy to figure out how people ought to behave out in the world if you never went out in the world yourself.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: I haven't lost my faith, but I've lost my religion. I still believe in something I haven't lost my faith, but I've lost my religion. I still believe in something so deeply ... I've never really gotten past that quote from Anne Frank in her diary, where she says that people are really good at heart. But I feel like the Catholic Church - no - the Catholic hierarchy has been disinviting people like me, and especially women like me, for so many years that I finally took the hint.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: It's amazing how resilient people are, and how the things that didn't come true become,after It's amazing how resilient people are, and how the things that didn't come true become,after a while, simply the way things are.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: I sometimes think that courage is the thing that you need more than any other I sometimes think that courage is the thing that you need more than any other thing. It's fear that cripples us. It's fear that accounts for racism, it's fear that accounts for sexism, for xenophobia.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: When I got older I realized that the majority of people in Miller's Valley were When I got older I realized that the majority of people in Miller's Valley were the most discontented kind of Americans, working people whose situations hadn't risen or fallen over generations, but who still carried a little bit of those streets-paved-with-gold illusions and so were always annoyed that the streets were paved with tar. If they were paved at all. Maybe
Anna Quindlen Sayings: New York City has finally hired women to pick up the garbage, which makes sense 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 Quindlen Sayings: People froze you in place. More important, you froze yourself, often into a person in People froze you in place. More important, you froze yourself, often into a person in whom you truly had no interest.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: This is how I learn most of what I know about my children and their This is how I learn most of what I know about my children and their friends: by sitting in the driver's seat and keeping quiet.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: That is supposed to be the rallying cry of women in the age of AIDS: That is supposed to be the rallying cry of women in the age of AIDS: no condom, no sex. But the dirty little secret is that the rallying cry is a whisper ... The great unspoken on the heterosexual AIDS front has been how behavior is still determined by the old psychosexual minuet of the sexes, the lack of responsibility in young men and of assertiveness in young women.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: You realize that these accidental decisions you make about changing jobs, about moving into an You realize that these accidental decisions you make about changing jobs, about moving into an apartment where you make new friends and confidants, about going to one city over another, that sometimes they're completely arbitrary decisions that you haven't put as much thought into as perhaps you should have, and yet they change the course of your whole life.
Anna Quindlen Sayings: My child looked at me and I looked back at him in the delivery room, My child looked at me and I looked back at him in the delivery room, and I realized that out of a sea of infinite possibilities it had come down to this: a specific person, born on the hottest day of the year, conceived on a Christmas Eve, made by his father and me miraculously from scratch.