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 Wisdom Quote

Ideas are only lethal if you suppress and don’t discuss them. Ignorance is not bliss it’s stupid. Banning books shows you don’t trust your kids to think and you don’t trust yourself to be able to talk to them.

Anna Quindlen Trust Quote

I realized that while I would never be my mother nor have her life the lesson she had left me was that it was possible to love and care for a man and still have at your core a strength so great that you never even needed to put it on display.

Anna Quindlen Strength Quote

If I get the forty additional years statisticians say are likely coming to me I could fit in at least one maybe two new lifetimes. Sad that only one of those lifetimes can include being the mother of young children.

Anna Quindlen Sad Quote

But it’s important while we are supporting lessons in respecting others to remember that many of our youngest kids need to learn to respect themselves. You learn your worth from the way you are treated.

Anna Quindlen Respect Quote

After all those years as a woman hearing ‘not thin enough not pretty enough not smart enough not this enough not that enough’ almost overnight I woke up one morning and thought ‘I’m enough.’

Anna Quindlen Morning Quote

The greatest public health threat for many American women is the men they live with.

Anna Quindlen Health Quote

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 Great Quote

The future is built on brains not prom court as most people can tell you after attending their high school reunion. But you’d never know it by talking to kids or listening to the messages they get from the culture and even from their schools.

Anna Quindlen Future Quote

Children should have enough freedom to be themselves – once they’ve learned the rules.

I will never understand people who think that the way to show their righteous opposition to sexual freedom is to write letters full of filthy words.

Anna Quindlen Freedom Quotes