Anna Quindlen Quotes

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Familiarity breeds content.
— Anna Quindlen
Fiction is like life, at least if it is good.


Public television ... the green vegetables of video viewing.
— Anna Quindlen


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


The difference between government and leadership is that leadership has a soul.


For most of my adult life, I have been an emotional hit-and-run driver—that is, a reporter.


All of us want to do well.  But if we do not do good, too, then doing well will never be enough.

helping others

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

books destination

Think of life as a terminal illness, because, if you do, you will live it with joy and passion, as it ought to be lived.


I remember adolescence, the years of having the impulse control of a mousetrap, of being as private as a safe-deposit box.


Those of us who read because we love it more than anything...feel about bookstores the way some people feel about jewelers.


Get a life in which you are not alone. Find people you love, and who love you. And remember that love is not leisure, it is work.
— Anna Quindlen
Poor kids are much more likely to become sick than their richer counterparts, but much less likely to have health insurance. Talk about a double whammy.


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?
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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.

cats vs dogs

In books I have travelled, not only to other worlds, but into my own.  I learned who I was and who I wanted to be, what I might aspire to, and what I might dare to dream about my world and myself.


Don't trade happiness for deferred gratification.  Don't give up adventure for safety and security.  The safe is the enemy of the satisfying.  Deferred gratification has a way of being deferred forever.
— Anna Quindlen


The truth is that there's nothing sexy about nursing in public, a process that usually includes a deft disarrangement of garments and the weird stares of passers-by and is quite like hiding a soccer ball beneath your shirt.
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Adolescence is a tough time for parent and child alike. It is a time between: between childhood and maturity, between parental protection and personal responsibility, between life stage-managed by grown-ups and life privately held.


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 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.
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women's rights

Sometimes change came all at once, with a sound like a fire taking hold of dry wood and paper, with a roar that rose around you so you couldn't hear yourself think. And then, when the roar died down, even when the fires were damped, everything was different.


Consider the lilies of the field.  Look at the fuzz on a baby's ear.  Read in the backyard with the sun on your face.  Learn to be happy.  And think of life as a terminal illness, because, if your do, you will live it with joy and passion, as it ought to be lived.