Anna Quindlen Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old anna quindlen quotes, anna quindlen sayings, and anna quindlen proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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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Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.     

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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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If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.     

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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.     

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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.     

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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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Keeping kids safe is sometimes a delusion. The world is a perilous place. Sometimes the kitchen is a perilous place.     

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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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Stereotypes fall in the face of humanity. We human beings are best understood one at a time.     

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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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Life is so messy that the temptation to straighten it up is very strong. And the results always illusory.     

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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.     

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Amid attempts to protect elephants from ivory poachers and dolphins from tuna nets, the rights of children go remarkably unremarked.     

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If we really feel like we're comfortable in our own skins now, we have a longer period of time to live out that kind of third or fourth act of our life.     

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The reason child care is such a loaded issue is that when we talk about it, we are always tacitly talking about motherhood. And when we're talking about motherhood we're always tacitly assuming that child care must be a very dim second to full-time mother care.     

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In life, the classroom is everywhere. The exam comes at the very end.     

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One of the useful things about age is realizing conventional wisdom is often simply inertia with a candy coating of conformity.     

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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 enough.'     

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It's so much easier to write a resume than to craft a spirit.     

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Life is made up of moments, small pieces of glittering mica in a long stretch of gray cement. It would be wonderful if they came to us unsummoned, but particularly in lives as busy as the ones most of us lead now, that won’t happen. We have to teach ourselves how to make room for them, to love them, and to live, really live.     

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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.     

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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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The stereotypical five o'clock dad belongs in a diorama with his 'Ask your mother' and his 'Don't be a cry baby.' The father who believes hugs and kisses are sex-blind and a dirty diaper requires a change, not a woman, is infinitely preferable.     

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The purse is the mirror of the soul.     

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