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Anna Quindlen Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Anna Quindlen.

Ideas are like pizza dough, made to be tossed around.
- Anna Quindlen

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

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

A finished person is a boring person.
- Anna Quindlen

 

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 Quindlen

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

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

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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 Quindlen

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

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

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 Quindlen

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.
- Anna Quindlen

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 Quindlen

Women who marry early are often overly enamored of
the kind of man who looks great in wedding pictures
and passes the maid of honor his telephone number.
- Anna Quindlen

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

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

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 Quindlen

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.
- Anna Quindlen

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

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

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

People always blame the girl; she should have said no.
A monosyllable, but conventional wisdom has always
been that boys can't manage it.
- Anna Quindlen

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

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 Quindlen

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

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.
- Anna Quindlen

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

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 Quindlen

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

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 Quindlen

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.
- Anna Quindlen

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 Quindlen

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

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 Quindlen

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 Quindlen

The greatest public health threat for many American
women is the men they live with.
- Anna Quindlen

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 Quindlen

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing,
there is a field. I will meet you there.
- Rumi

Incite a riot of new ideas.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

By not caring too much about what people think,
I'm able to think for myself
and propagate ideas which are very often unpopular.
And I succeed.
- Albert Ellis

Who hears me, who understands me, becomes mine,
a possession for all time.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We each have a sixth sense that is
attuned to the oneness dimension in life,
providing a means for us to guide our lives
in accord with our ideas.
- Henry Reed

Ideas, yes.
Inspiration, yes.
Creativity, yes.
Planning, yes.
Perseverance, yes.
More perseverance, yes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The world moves, and ideas that were
once good are not always good.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Great minds discuss ideas;
average minds discuss events;
small minds discuss people.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

It is always better to have no ideas than false ones;
to believe nothing, than to believe what is wrong.
- Thomas Jefferson

Can you let go of words and ideas,
attitudes and expectations?
If so, then the Tao will loom into view.
- Lao Tzu

I can't understand why people
are frightened by new ideas.
I'm frightened of old ones.
- John Cage

Most of the fundamental ideas of science
are essentially simple,
and may, as a rule, be expressed
in a language comprehensible to everyone.
- Albert Einstein

Wise men put their trust in ideas
and not in circumstances
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I choose to adapt to the circumstances in which I find myself.
I choose to be flexible in my dealings with those around me.
I understand that my way is not the only way -
that inner peace comes from respecting the ways of others,
and that, if I am open, I may gain great insights and happiness
from the ideas and traditions of others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everyone is a genius at least once a year;
a real genius has his original ideas closer together.
- Georg Lichtenberg

You ask me if I keep a notebook
to record my great ideas.
I've only ever had one.
- Albert Einstein

Important ideas can come from unexpected places.
We tend to label people - Genius, Idiot,
Socialist, Regressive, Wingnut, Revolutionary, Terrorist.
But it is helpful to remind ourselves to be open
to good ideas - whatever their source.
It is equally important to avoid accepting any idea
merely because we respect that person's
other ideas or accomplishments.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It's YOUR time - it's YOUR life -
YOU get to choose how you use it. T
here is no way that your life is "supposed" to be.
Your parents had their vision for your life.
Your boss, your spouse, your church, your friends,
and even the family next door have their ideas
of how you should live your life.
What about YOUR vision for your life?
What do YOU want?
YES, it matters what you want.
YES you can have what you want.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas
he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
- Thomas Jefferson

College isn't the place to go for ideas.
- Helen Keller

Wealth flows from energy and ideas.
- William Feather

It is by acts and not by ideas that people live.
- Harry Emerson Fosdick

Women with money and women in power are two uncomfortable ideas in our society.
- Candace Bushnell

The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas.
- George Santayana

Don't worry about people stealing your ideas.
If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats.
- Howard Aiken

Good designers can create normalcy out of chaos;
they can clearly communicate ideas through the organizing
and manipulating of words and pictures.
- Jeffery Veen

If you are over 30, get out your high-school yearbook
and look for ideas you can apply today -
perhaps an innocent optimism about life -
perhaps a hobby you loved.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Intelligence is really a kind of taste:
taste in ideas.
- Susan Sontag

All riches have their origin in mind.
Wealth is in ideas - not money.
- Robert Collier

Republicans have nothing but bad ideas and Democrats have no ideas.
- Lewis Black

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability
to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time
and still retain the ability to function.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

Tyranny cannot defeat the power of ideas.
- Helen Keller

Just once in a while, let us exalt
the importance of ideas and information.
- Edward R. Murrow

Poetry is ordinary language raised to the Nth power.
Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions,
all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words.
- Paul Engle


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