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  • 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 (b. 1952), U.S. journalist, columnist, author. The New York Times. Living Out Loud, p. 61, Fawcett Columbine (1988).

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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.
    Anna Quindlen (b. 1952), U.S. journalist, columnist, author. The New York Times, sect. 4, p. 19 (June 13, 1993).
  • Each instance of sexual harassment has to be judged on its merits. Facts, timing, motives, credibility: all must be considered before we make up our own minds what to believe.
    Anna Quindlen (b. 1952), U.S. journalist, columnist, author. The New York Times, sect. A, p. 25 (May 11, 1994).

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  • The greatest public health threat for many American women is the men they live with.
    Anna Quindlen (b. 1952), U.S. journalist, columnist, author. The New York Times, sect. 4, p. 17 (January 17, 1993).

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  • 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 (b. 1953), U.S. journalist, columnist, author. (March 1, 1992). Thinking Out Loud, p. 19, Random House (1993). On curbing violence in the schools.

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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 (b. 1953), U.S. journalist, columnist, author. (March 27, 1992). Thinking Out Loud, p. 29, Random House (1993).

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  • And that is where I find myself now, in the middle—hating the idea of abortions, hating the idea of having them outlawed.
    Anna Quindlen (b. 1952), U.S. journalist, columnist, author. The New York Times. Living Out Loud, p. 210, Fawcett Columbine (1988).
  • I once wanted to be a personage. Now I am comfortable being a person.
    Anna Quindlen (b. 1952), U.S. journalist, columnist, author. The New York Times. Living Out Loud, p. 59, Fawcett Columbine (1988).
  • 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 (b. 1952), U.S. journalist, columnist, author. The New York Times. Living Out Loud, p. 71, Fawcett Columbine (1988).

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  • 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 (b. 1952), U.S. journalist, columnist, author. The New York Times. Living Out Loud, p. 239, Fawcett Columbine (1988).

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