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Anna Quindlen (1953 - )
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A finished person is a boring person.
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Anna Quindlen
A man who builds his own pedestal had better use strong cement.
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Anna Quindlen
But never fear, gentlemen; castration was really not the point of feminism, and we women are too busy eviscerating one another to take you on.
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I came to the realization that there were certain public issues that were most usefully dealt with within some sort of framework of at least my private beliefs, if not my private life.
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I can't think of anything to write about except families. They are a metaphor for every other part of society.
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I think that anyone who comes upon a Nautilus machine suddenly will agree with me that its prototype was clearly invented at some time in history when torture was considered a reasonable alternative to diplomacy.
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I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think interior decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.
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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.
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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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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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The truth about your own life is not always easy to accept, and sometimes hasn't even occurred to you.
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There's a certain kind of conversation you have from time to time at parties in New York about a new book. The word "banal" sometimes rears its by-now banal head; you say "underedited," I say "derivative." The conversation goes around and around various literary criticisms, and by the time it moves on one thing is clear: No one read the book; we just read the reviews.
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Voices that loud are always meant to bully. Do not be bullied. Acts of bravery don't always take place on battlefields. They can take place in your heart, when you have the courage to honor your character, your intellect, your inclinations, and, yes your soul by listening to its clean, clear voice of direction instead of following the muddied messages of a timid world.
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When an actress takes off her clothes onscreen but a nursing mother is told to leave, what message do we send about the roles of women? In some ways we're as committed to the old madonna-whore dichotomy as ever. And the madonna stays home, feeding the baby behind the blinds, a vestige of those days when for a lady to venture out was a flagrant act of public exposure.
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All of us want to do well. But if we do not do good, too, then doing well will never be enough.
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Anna Quindlen, A Short Guide to a Happy Life, 2000
Don't ever confuse the two, your life and your work. That's what I have to say. The second is only a part of the first.
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Anna Quindlen, A Short Guide to a Happy Life, 2000
I show up. I listen. I try to laugh.
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Anna Quindlen, A Short Guide to a Happy Life, 2000
It's so much easier to write a resume than to craft a spirit.
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Anna Quindlen, A Short Guide to a Happy Life, 2000
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.
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Anna Quindlen, A Short Guide to a Happy Life, 2000
When you leave college, there are thousands of people out there with the same degree you have; when you get a job, there will be thousands of people doing what you want to do for a living. But you are the only person alive who has sole custody of your life.
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Anna Quindlen, A Short Guide to a Happy Life, 2000
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