30 Best Anna Quindlen Quotes

30 Best Anna Quindlen Quotes

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Anna Quindlen is an author and columnist from Philadelphia. She began her career as a reporter for the New York Post and eventually went on to write for the New York Times. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1992.

“A finished person is a boring person.”

“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

“All of the qualities that you need to be a good opinion columnist tend to be qualities that aren’t valued in women.”

“Being a reporter is as much a diagnosis as a job description.”

“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?”

“Familiarity breeds content.”

“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.”

“I am an affirmative action hire.”

“I don’t have to listen to the Gospel on Sunday to know the stories of the New Testament. They inform so much of what I write that they’re practically like a news scrim that goes through my
brain 24/7.”

“I know the difference now between dedication and infatuation. That doesn’t mean I don’t still get an enormous kick out of infatuation;: the exciting ephemera, the punch in the stomach, the
adrenaline to the heart.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Ideas are like pizza dough, made to be tossed around.”

“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.”

“Ignorant free speech often works against the speaker. That is one of several reasons why it must be given rein instead of suppressed.”

“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.”

“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.”

“It is so easty to waste our lives: our days, our hours, our minutes…It is so easy to exist instead of live.”

“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.”

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

“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.”

“Raising a child is a little like Picasso’s work; in the beginning he did very conventional representational things. Cubism came after he had the rules down pat.”

“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.”

“The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.”

“The world is full of women blindsided by the unceasing demands of motherhood, still flabbergasted by how a job can be terrific and torturous.”

“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.”

“Well, we tell our kids things like ‘don’t gossip’ and then an hour later they hear us on the phone. Stuff like that.”