Anna Quindlen

(1952 / Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Anna Quindlen Quotes

  • ''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).
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  • ''I feel about exercise the same way that I feel about a few other things: that there is nothing wrong with it if it is done in private by consenting adults.''
    Anna Quindlen (b. 1952), U.S. journalist, columnist, author. The New York Times. Living Out Loud, p. 65, Fawcett Columbine (1988).
  • ''The Statue of Liberty is meant to be shorthand for a country so unlike its parts that a trip from California to Indiana should require a passport.''
    Anna Quindlen (b. 1952), U.S. journalist, columnist, author. The New York Times. Living Out Loud, p. 4, Fawcett Columbine (1988).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''Life is so messy that the temptation to straighten it up is very strong. And the results always illusory.''
    Anna Quindlen (b. 1953), U.S. author. New York Times, section 4, p. 17 (November 14, 1993). Concluding a newspaper column on simplistic explanations of a complexly motivated legal case.
  • ''The victim mentality may be the last uncomplicated thing about life in America.''
    Anna Quindlen (b. 1953), U.S. author. New York Times, section 4, p. 17 (November 14, 1993).
  • ''There is only room in the lifeboat of your life for one, and you always choose yourself, and turn your parents into whatever it takes to keep you afloat.''
    Anna Quindlen (b. 1952), U.S. journalist, columnist, author. One True Thing, p. 172, Random House (1994).
  • ''Here is the real domino theory: Gay man to gay man, bisexual man to straight woman, addict mother to newborn baby, they all fall down and someday it will come to you.''
    Anna Quindlen (b. 1952), U.S. journalist, columnist, author. The New York Times, sect. A, p. 31 (December 9, 1993). The dangers of an AIDS epidemic.
  • ''People always blame the girl; she should have said no. A monosyllable, but conventional wisdom has always been that boys can't manage it.''
    Anna Quindlen (b. 1952), U.S. journalist, columnist, author. The New York Times, sect. 4, p. 13 (April 11, 1993).

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