Ellen Goodman Quotes

Most popular Ellen Goodman Quotes

Our "mistakes" become crucial parts, sometimes the best parts, of the lives we have made.


Adolescence isn't a training ground for adulthood now; it is a holding pattern for aging youth.


My generation is the first in my species to have put fitness next to godliness on the scale of things.
You can teach someone who cares to write columns, but you can't teach someone who can write columns to care.

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Traditions are the guideposts driven deep in our subconscious minds.  The most powerful ones are those we can't even describe, aren't even aware of.


Once upon a time we were just plain people. But that was before we began having relationships with mechanical systems. Get involved with a machine and sooner or later you are reduced to a factor.
— Ellen Goodman

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How many of the people I know—sons and daughters—have intricate abstract expressionist paintings of their mothers, created out of their own emotions, attitudes, hands.  And how many have only Polaroid pictures of their fathers.


There's a trick to the Graceful Exit. It begins with the vision to recognize when a job, a life stage, a relationship is over—and to let go. It means leaving what's over without denying its validity or its past importance in our lives.